The experienced brain damage attorneys of Dansker & Aspromonte have recovered millions of dollars for their clients with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy (CP) is simply a tragedy. There are many causes for the disease, but no matter what the cause, it is devastating for the child and the child’s family. It is permanent and irreversible. The treatment is really supportive therapy to make the child comfortable, because unlike with other diseases, treatment does not make it better. The birth injury attorneys at Dansker & Aspromonte have successfully represented many people whose children developed cerebral palsy due to medical negligence. To speak with one of our attorneys call 212-732-2929 or complete our online contact form.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy loosely means brain paralysis and actually refers to a wide range of disorders. CP affects the areas of the brain that control muscle tone and motor activity. The severity of the presenting symptoms of CP varies widely from mild to profound. CP involves difficulty controlling muscles and can also include problems with balance, coordination, walking, speech, swallowing and, in serious cases, mental retardation, breathing, bladder and bowel control, eating difficulties and even hearing and vision problems. There are many causes for CP. In full-term infants, the usual cause is prenatal, meaning it happened while the fetus is in the womb.In premature infants, the risk of CP is much higher because the premature brain is at higher risk for bleeding, and because the premature infant’s lungs are not fully developed, the baby is more likely to develop serious respiratory distress, which then causes periods of decreased oxygen to the brain. Other causes of CP include blood clots, poor brain development, genetic disorders or stroke. Often, the CP is naturally occurring and unavoidable. However, sometimes, this tragic and life-altering condition is caused by a serious omission or a series of missteps by the medical providers to the mother prenatally or by the OB during delivery, leading up to delivery or while treating a newborn.
Cerebral Palsy Treatment
Treating cerebral palsy is different depending on what type of cerebral palsy you have. While cerebral palsy is incurable, the goal in every case is to help the person with cerebral palsy live as independent a life as possible. Treatment may involve a combination of the following kinds of physicians, therapists and specialists:
- Pediatrician or physiatrist
- Pediatric neurologist
- Orthopedic surgeon
- Physical therapist
- Occupational therapist
- Speech-language pathologist
- Developmental therapist
- Recreational therapist
- Psychologist or psychiatrist
- Social worker
- Special education teacher
Medications may also be prescribed to address cerebral palsy symptoms. When medications are insufficient to relieve the tightness of muscles, orthopedic surgery may be required to lengthen the muscles and tendons. Surgery may also be required for individuals with spastic cerebral palsy, they may also develop bone abnormalities. In extreme cases, severing nerves causing spasms may be recommended.
Treating cerebral palsy can be taxing, physically, financially and emotionally. A person with cerebral palsy will require medical treatment throughout his or her life. You should not have to shoulder this burden alone. If medical negligence was responsible for your child’s cerebral palsy, you are entitled to damages to cover your child’s cerebral palsy treatment.
Medical Malpractice and Cerebral Palsy
Treatment for cerebral palsy is expensive. If your child developed CP as a result of medical negligence, we can help. In order to prevail in a medical malpractice action involving a child with CP, the plaintiff must prove that the cause of the CP was negligence on the part of the doctors or hospital staff. This is done through one or more expert physicians who explain to a jury in detail exactly what was done wrong and how it caused the tragedy. Our lawyers will review all of your child’s pertinent medical records and have highly credentialed doctors, in the particular medical specialties, review the case and do their very best to render a detailed professional opinion to you. In this way, you can make an informed decision concerning your family’s tragedy and the best way to move forward in order to protect the interests of the child and the family and make sure that, for the rest of the child’s life, the medical bills and constant care needed will be provided for. In this way, justice under the law will be attained and the economic pressure will be alleviated even though the pain and sadness will endure.
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If you believe a doctor’s negligence may be responsible for your child’s cerebral palsy, call a New York Cerebral Palsy lawyer today at 212-732-2929. You can also reach us by completing our online contact form. Our experienced lawyers are here to help.