Scoliosis, Cerebral Palsy, and Birth Injuries

Injuries to a newborn are perhaps the most tragic of all. Parents who have just witnessed the birth of their child are suddenly faced with the tragic reality that their child is facing life with debilitating defects that will affect the entire life. Scoliosis is one condition that may arise as a result of cerebral palsy. Scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spinal column, often requires surgery to correct or at least minimize its effects. While cerebral palsy may result from fetal stroke or random genetic mutations, it is also caused by medical errors during the birthing process such as failure to properly monitor the fetal heart rate or to respond to an abnormal fetal heart rate. Cerebral palsy may also be caused when medical staff improperly use forceps or a vacuum to extract the fetus. Such medical errors may often be the result of medical malpractice and are considered preventable medical errors.