Omaha Cerebral Palsy Lawyer
Cerebral palsy is a serious neurological disorder that can develop when an infant sustains brain damage during or soon after delivery. It is a life-long disorder and has no known cure. Depending on which parts of the brain are injured, cerebral palsy can lead to movement and coordination problems, problems with hearing and vision, balance issues, and even paralysis. In the past, it was believed that cerebral palsy was the result of low oxygen levels in the baby at the time of birth, but we now know that many other factors, including medical errors and even negligence, can lead to this serious and debilitating illness.
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, we can help. At the Birth Injury Lawyers Group, we specialize in helping families with children who have suffered birth injuries that resulted from negligence find and pay for the care and treatment they need. To learn more about how cerebral palsy cases are handled, the kinds of evidence needed to prove a case, and to speak with a seasoned birth injury expert who can guide you through everything you need to know about medical malpractice and insurance law. Call now at (800) 222-9529.
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Types of Cerebral Palsy
There are four main types of cerebral palsy, each of which manifests in a different way depending on the part of the brain that is damaged. Before performing any type of remedial action, your child’s doctor will have to perform diagnostic tests such as scans or a physical assessment in an attempt to identify and then diagnose the specific type of cerebral palsy that your child may suffer from. The different types of cerebral palsy are as below.
Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
This type of cerebral palsy affects between 5% and 10% percent of all cerebral palsy patients and is identifiable by poor muscle tone, difficulty walking, and constant shaking or jerky movements.
Athetoid Cerebral Palsy
This type of cerebral palsy affects roughly 10% of all cerebral palsy patients and is characterized by involuntary movements, issues with coordination, difficulty speaking and eating, and an inability to grasp objects.
Spastic Cerebral Palsy
This is the most common type of cerebral palsy and it affects about 80% of all cerebral palsy patients. It is caused by damage to the cerebral cortex, which is the outer layer of the brain. It manifests as involuntary, jerky movements, muscle and joint deformities, and difficulty with mobility and coordination.
Mixed Cerebral Palsy
Mixed cerebral palsy affects between 5% and 10% of all cerebral palsy patients and it is a mix of any two of the above types of cerebral palsy.
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
The symptoms that a cerebral palsy patient will have depends on the type and severity of his or her condition. The most common symptoms of cerebral palsy are as follows:
- Difficulty speaking
- An inability to make precise movements such as writing or buttoning a shirt
- Drooling and/or problems with chewing or swallowing
- A general lack of coordination
- Mental retardation
- Stiff muscles
- Poorly toned muscles
- Seizures and shaking
The brain injuries that lead to cerebral palsy are usually caused by an isolated instance of trauma, so the symptoms that arise as a result do not usually worsen over time.
Treatments for Cerebral Palsy
The treatments that your doctor will recommend for your child will depend on your child’s symptoms, as well as the nature and severity of the illness. There is currently no cure for cerebral palsy so most treatments aim at minimizing the effects of symptoms and helping patients live as independently as they possibly can. Common treatments for cerebral palsy include surgery, medication, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.
These treatments can be expensive and costs can quickly add up, especially since cerebral palsy is a permanent condition and severe cases may require you to pay for your child’s care, treatment, and therapy for as long as they live. There is no reason you should have to pay these costs if your child’s injuries were the result of medical negligence – negligence on the part of trained medical professionals to whom you entrusted the care and treatment of your loved ones.
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Getting the Help You Need
If your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, we are here to help. Our team of experienced, compassionate, and dedicated birth injury lawyers can provide you with a complimentary consultation to ascertain whether or not your child’s birth injury case warrants a claim and a settlement from any at-fault parties who may be responsible for your child’s injuries. To do this, we will do the following:
- Collect medical records, interview the delivery team, and obtain the results of diagnostic tests to prove negligence or a lack of care on the part of your child’s medical staff.
- Obtain the testimony of legal and medical professionals that can be used to support your claim.
- Identify and then quantify the various damages for which you may be entitled to reimbursement or compensation.
- Find the right primary care doctors in our network so that your child can get the care and treatment he or she deserves.
- Negotiate on your behalf with the at-fault defendants in your case, who may be representatives of the hospital, the doctors themselves, and/or insurance agents, all of whom who will counter your claims with evidence of their own or direct denial of any responsibility for your child’s injuries.
- Take the defendant to court if a suitable settlement or compensation payout cannot be arrived at.
Even in cases where you are not entirely sure what caused your child’s condition, we can conduct an investigation on your behalf to find out when, how, and why your child sustained a birth injury. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We provide our services on a contingency-fee-basis. This means we do not charge anything until we win a settlement or a compensation payout for you. Call now to learn more.