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Malpractice In Childbirth Linked to Cerebral Palsy CasesMedical malpractice harming adults is tragic enough, but each year brain injury at birth causes life-long disabilities. Cerebral palsy at birth can be related to prenatal issues, but some causes are the direct responsibility of the professionals performing the delivery.

Unnecessary use of delivery tools.

Delivery forceps and vacuum extractors can be medically necessary, but some doctors recommend their use when a natural childbirth will do the job. Others use the tools too forcefully. Either case can lead to brain injuries and cerebral palsy. In some cases, the necessity of the tool indicates earlier problems the doctor might have identified earlier.

Chicago Medical Malpractice AttorneyCerebral palsy is as likely to occur due to pre-natal complications or simple misfortune as from doctor error, but when cerebral palsy at birth comes from medical malpractice, you are entitled to damages caused by that negligence. Such negligence can be hard to prove, however. Strengthen your case by following these five basic rules.

1. Know the Signs

Although early identification of cerebral palsy symptoms can’t cure or minimize the condition, it can help you identify likely causes of the brain damage. Some signs include abnormal muscle tone or movements, imbalanced or delayed development, skeletal deformities and joint contractures. Seizures and are another common symptom, but a symptom shared with a variety of other disorders.

Scientists at Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University say they’ve made a breakthrough in treating cerebral palsy – on a microscopic level, at least.

Possible New Treatment for Cerebral PalsyResearchers claim they’ve found a way to replicate so-called “myelinating cells” – cells with the essential protein myelin – in a way that benefits humans.

“The ability to produce functional cells that restore myelin in mice…provides a solid framework to produce analogous human cells,” said Robert Miller, vice-dean for research at the Case Western Reserve Medical School.