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Screening for Cerebral Palsy

Detecting cerebral palsy at a young age can greatly help in regards to treatment and helping a child develop motor skills and abilities to lead a more normal life. There is no cure for cerebral palsy, but early detection and treatment can help.

Free Cerebral Palsy Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, brachial plexus palsy or Erb’s 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?

The affects caused by cerebral palsy can range from mild to severe. There may be physical signs such as challenges in walking, involuntary movements, & communication problems. Typically, parents start to become aware during the developmental stages in infancy when milestones are not being met.

Examples of some common milestones are holding up his/her head, smiling, crawling, walking, speaking. Every child develops at their own unique pace, however a severe delay in development should be assessed by a physician. Luckily, during the first two years of life, most doctors will check for motor milestones frequently.

During a cerebral palsy screening, certain tests are employed to evaluate the developmental progress of the child. Three of these tests are the Revised-Denver Prescreening Developmental Questionnaire (R-DPDQ), the Early Motor Pattern Profile (EMPP), and testing for motor milestones. The R-DPDQ is a form that assesses a child’s developmental advances and is filled out by the child’s parents. The EMPP is used for children less than one year old and checks for muscle tone, reflex, and body movement problems. Finally, testing for motor milestones is usually performed several times during the first two years of life. It involves checking if the baby has motor skills appropriate to its age.

Other issues that may need to be addressed are difficulties with coordination, speech, and swallowing. All these come naturally to a healthy child, so if one child is having difficulty with them, they must be taken in for a medical checkup as soon as possible. There are different types of cerebral palsy, and the severity varies depending on the cause of the brain damage and when it occurred. However, many of the children that are suffering from the condition tend to display normal or above average intelligence, but it are limited by the communication difficulties they experience. Early detection and specialized treatment enable them to live a normal life as much as possible.

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, & Erb’s palsy lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

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