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Cerebral palsy is a birth injury that occurs when the brain is injured before or during the birth process. In some cases, this injury is caused by naturally-occurring factors; however, many times cerebral palsy is caused by medical malpractice. If your infant has been injured by the actions of a medical provider, it is essential that you obtain the services of experienced cerebral palsy attorneys. They can help you to make important legal decisions during this difficult time, as well as help you to receive compensation for the medical bills and therapy needed to treat your child.
How Does Brain Damage Cause Cerebral Palsy?
The human brain requires a constant supply of oxygen that is supplied by red blood cells. When the blood flow, and therefore the oxygen supply, is cut off from the brain for any length of time, brain cells begin to weaken and die. The severity of brain damage incurred depends on how long the tissue is forced to go without oxygen. In the vast majority of cases, cerebral palsy is caused by this type of brain damage. Our attorneys can help determine whether the injury was caused by neglect or malpractice on the part of the doctors or other medical staff.
Cerebral palsy describes the physical manifestations of a brain injury sustained during birth. Depending on the severity of the injury, children may experience a loss of muscle control that ranges from twitching to an inability to walk or care for themselves. Although they result in similar physical characteristics, Erb’s palsy, Klumpke’s palsy, and brachial plexus palsy are not related to brain injury and will be discussed on separate pages.
Once a child has cerebral palsy, the condition lasts a lifetime. As children grow, they may be able to take advantage of specialized therapies and medications designed to help them overcome their lack of muscle tone, and it’s important to remember that cerebral palsy cannot get worse with time.
If your child has cerebral palsy, the attorneys of our law firm urge you to read more about the different types of cerebral palsy and the promising treatments that are available to help your child succeed in life.
Spastic Cerebral Palsy
Muscle tone describes the “tightness” that the muscle is able to achieve when it flexes. A medium amount of muscle tone is desirable because it produces smooth, fluid movements. The brain of a person with cerebral palsy cannot properly regulate muscle tone.
In the case of spastic cerebral palsy, muscle tone is too tight, resulting in stiff movements. People with spastic cerebral palsy move jerkily and may have difficulty releasing objects being gripped in their hands. Nearly 50 percent of all people with cerebral palsy have the spastic variation, making it the most common type of cerebral palsy case brought to our attorneys.
Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
Children with ataxic cerebral palsy have muscle tone that is very low – the opposite of spastic cerebral palsy. Much rarer than other forms of the condition, ataxic cerebral palsy causes balance and depth perception problems in affected children.
Many parents who seek representation from our cerebral palsy attorneys also report that their children tend to have shaky hands and need more time to complete detailed activities or projects.
Athetoid Cerebral Palsy
Children with athetoid cerebral palsy have a hard time regulating the amount of tone in their muscles, meaning that they may have either high or low muscle tone without warning. Walking and even sitting upright can be very difficult for these children.
One of the most recognizable features of athetoid cerebral palsy is the tendency to make involuntary movements in the arms and legs and facial grimaces. These movements are very difficult to control; oftentimes, the child will have to use enormous concentration to achieve a task such as reaching for a toy.
It is estimated that about 20 percent of people with cerebral palsy experience the athetoid variety. Our attorneys can help you to determine the best legal course of action if your family has been affected by cerebral palsy. Contact our Law Group today for a consultation.
Mixed Cerebral Palsy
It is estimated that about 25 percent of children with cerebral palsy have one or more types, a condition known as mixed cerebral palsy. Our attorneys understand the difficulties of getting an accurate diagnosis in the case of mixed cerebral palsy, and want to reduce your stress level by helping you to negotiate your legal case as smoothly as possible.
No matter which kind of cerebral palsy your child has, it is your responsibility to explore every resource available to your child. If would like more information about cerebral palsy compensation, contact the medical malpractice attorneys of our Law Group today.
Perhaps no other type of personal injury case is as devastating as one arising from the neglect of a medical provider. We all place our trust in the education, training, and experience of our physicians. Unfortunately, even the most simple examinations, diagnosis, prescriptions, or operations can be (and regularly are) performed negligently by a medical provider, with dire consequences.
If you or a loved one is suffering due to the neglect of a physician or other medical provider, you need the help of Our Law Office. Our attorneys have both worked on the other side of medical malpractice cases, and have seen first-hand the tactics of negligent medical providers and their insurers and attorneys in attempting to stage a defense. Doctors and their insurers and attorneys are prepared to fight, and these cases are complex, involving medical experts, voluminous documentation, medical and scientific terminology and concepts, and extensive economic calculations. Medical malpractice cases are no joking matter. It isn’t “one call that’s all.” Make sure you choose a diligent and aggressive personal injury law firm like our law firm to prosecute your medical malpractice case. Whatever you do, don’t wait too long. A huge negative consequence of tort reform is that the amount of time someone who is the victim of medical malpractice has to enforce their rights is limited. It makes no sense that a car accident victim has a two-year statute of limitations in what are often simple matters, whereas a hugely complex medical case has only a one-year statute of limitations in some cases.
Time is of the essence in medical malpractice cases, so don’t wait another minute! Call Our Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Sports and Recreational Injuries
Serious injuries aren’t limited to roadways, business premises, or the operating room. In fact, a huge percentage of injuries occur in ways you are least likely to suspect, and can encompass more than just simple negligence. Injuries in these areas can arise from defective products, intentional acts, or simple negligence. Even a relaxing trip to the lake can end in disaster through negligent operation of a boat or the intoxication of a boat or jet ski operator. Boat and jet skis are no less subject to negligent or defective manufacture than any other type of product. The same can be said for dirt bikes, four wheelers, and skate boards.
It is imperative that if you or a loved one have been injured in a boating or recreation accident, you hire attorneys who are familiar with these types of cases and have the experience and expertise necessary to identify and properly prosecute the responsible party, be it an individual or multi-national company.
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