First, what’s cerebral palsy? Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability among children, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It is caused by damage to the parts of the brain that handle movement and muscle control.
How is this damage caused? Sadly, sometimes it’s caused by medical errors during childbirth. Birth injury attorney Laura Brown reviews the costs of this injury and why medical providers need to be held accountable for their mistakes.
So a child that has cerebral palsy – cerebral palsy is a condition that can have a range of seriousness. It can be relatively mild, where there’s mild physical impact, mild cognitive thinking impact, to severe and a child who is severely affected with cerebral palsy can be wheelchair-bound, can have lots of significant physical limitations, as well as cognitive limitations.
If the child’s cerebral palsy was caused by lack of oxygen at the time of labor delivery by trauma during delivery – if it relates to a medical mistake – then what we as lawyers who represent children with these disabilities can do is prepare and develop a case to recover what is necessary to take care of that child’s future -and that is going to include medical care. These children require a lot of medical care depending on the degree of injury; it’s going to include rehabilitation and therapies to help them with the physical disabilities that they have and then it may include later healthcare for when the parents can’t be there 24 hours a day and sometimes when the parents are too old to continue to care for the child – because that child will grow, and develop, and age as a normal child would.
So if you have a child that has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you have questions about if it was caused by a medical mistake and what’s going to be necessary to take care of this child for the rest of his life – contact our firm and we’ll be happy to talk with you about what we can do to help in analyzing the situation and in taking care of your child.