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Cerebral Palsy


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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy occurs in 1.5 to four children out of every 1,000 live births. Symptoms of the neurological condition manifest in early childhood and the condition never improves. However, with the right care and tools, the condition can often be managed so children with cerebral palsy can live as normal of a life as possible.

Searcy Denney helps parents pursue an obstetrician and hospital responsible for their child’s birth defect. Our Florida Cerebral Palsy attorneys put our 40 years of experience and vast resources to work for your family. Our goal is to help you give your child the care and tools he or she needs to improve functionality, independence and quality of life.

Signs of Cerebral Palsy

This permanent condition affects every aspect of a child’s life, including movement, eating, language, and sometimes learning and behavior, depending upon the severity of the condition.

Cerebral palsy is divided into three main types, but generally these symptoms overlap:

  • Spastic cerebral palsy results in increased muscle tone, which manifests in joint and muscle stiffness and restricted, jerky movements.
  • Athetoid cerebral palsy results in decreased muscle tone and, hence, floppy, involuntary, uncontrolled movements.
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy causes lack of balance, stability and depth perception.

Usually doctors diagnose cerebral palsy by the child’s 18th month based partly upon signs of delayed cognitive, physical, social and emotional development, as well as the telltale rigidity and/or floppiness of muscle tone.

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Brain damage is the root cause of cerebral palsy. A number of prenatal and delivery errors may injure the brain, including:

  • Premature birth and low birth weight associated with negligent prenatal advice and failure to diagnose risk factors
  • Undiagnosed thrombophilia, which is a blood clot that restricts flow of oxygen to the baby’s brain
  • Undetected and untreated bacterial or viral infections that attack the fetus’s nervous system
  • Prolonged oxygen asphyxia during a long, difficult delivery
  • Multiple births, particularly if doctors fail to take necessary precautions

Caring for a Child with Cerebral Palsy

Generally, a child with cerebral palsy requires constant lifetime care.  Since there is no cure, medical providers primarily focus on management, including:

  • Physical therapy to promote muscle tone, improve overall physical health and increase mobility
  • Speech therapy that also assists the child in breathing, eating and swallowing by maintaining the health of the mouth, throat and jaw
  • Occupational therapy to help children adapt to the world around them and gain some level of independence and autonomy
  • Orthotics that can correct or prevent bone and joint deformities
  • Surgeries might include cutting nerves to prevent spasms or straightening twisted bones
  • Medications, such as pain relievers, muscle relaxants and digestive aids

Our medical malpractice attorneys calculate the long-term costs of caring for a child with cerebral palsy and seek compensation that covers these extraordinary expenses over the full course of your child’s life.

Recover the Money You Need to Provide Your Child with Life-Long Care

To recover damages from the health care providers who injured your child, consult with Searcy Denney. Our medical malpractice lawyers discuss your birth injury claim at a free consultation. We handle your case on contingency basis so you can protect your child’s rights without risk.

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