The anticipation and excitement of having a baby is usually accompanied by the anxiety that something will go wrong with the birthing process, possibly causing disabilities like cerebral palsy in the child. Cerebral palsy diagnosis increases every year and the cause may be linked to medical malpractice, in which case a cerebral palsy lawyer may be needed.
Free Cerebral Palsy Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
Cerebral Palsy, also known as Little’s disease or static encephalopathy, is really a group of chronic disorders impairing control of movement that appears in the first few years of life. It is a condition that affects the nerves that regulate and control the body’s muscles. The term ‘cerebral’ refers to the brain’s two halves, and ‘palsy’ describes any disorder that impairs control of body movement. Faulty development or damage to motor areas in the brain disrupts the brain’s ability to sufficiently control movement and posture. Those afflicted with cerebral palsy inevitably face very difficult medical, social and educational challenges. Symptoms of cerebral palsy vary in severity. From difficulty with fine motor tasks to trouble with maintaining balance and walking to involuntary movements, cerebral palsy symptoms vary from each person and can even change over time. Medical disorders like seizures or mental impairment may also be present. Currently there is no cure to cerebral palsy, but scientific research continues to improve treatments and methods of prevention.
A diagnosis of cerebral palsy can be a parent’s worst nightmare, raising important questions about how and why, and who will responsible for the expenses of taking care of their child. Many parents are looking for answers, for information, and for hope. Often parents want to know “How could this happen?” and “Could this have been prevented?”
More often than not, the parents are the first to notice any problems or signs of symptoms, and parents that have any suspicions with regards to the presence of cerebral palsy are advised to seek medical advice as early as possible. There are various tests that a doctor can perform in order to confirm whether the child does have cerebral palsy, so seeking advice will enable you to confirm the presence of the disorder or will put your mind at rest if the doctor advises that there is no presence of cerebral palsy.
Because cerebral palsy is not a degenerative disease, it will not worsen as the child grows up. The treatment for the disorder can vary in terms of the level and severity of the disease. Some forms of exercise can help, such as running and walking. There are various types of physical activity and assistance that can help, and a doctor will normally recommend the necessary activity and assistance. Behavioral and emotional counseling and therapy are also available, and in some cases – for instance, where the child has seizures – drug therapy may also be necessary.
Do I have a Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit?
The Birth Injury Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in cerebral palsy, brachial plexus palsy, and erbs palsy lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.