Cerebral palsy is a motor condition that in the vast majority of cases is caused by injuries suffered by a child during pregnancy or birth. The condition may not be diagnosed for months or even years, but most children are diagnosed at a young age. The types of brain injury that lead to cerebral palsy occur under a variety of circumstances, and it is important that parents of children with cerebral palsy understand what led to the disability.
Medical mistakes often have painful and lifelong consequences for injured patients, and many doctors are undoubtedly saddened by adverse medical outcomes. Still, hospitals and doctors have to be held accountable when a surgical mistake, medication error or failure to diagnose leads to patient injury or death.