Access To Treatment Critical For Those With Cerebral Palsy

Access To Treatment Critical For Those With Cerebral Palsy

Heroic feats involving individuals with cerebral palsy have been in the news recently. In a Michigan town, a courageous brother is walking 40 miles with his brother on his back in an effort to raise awareness about this chronic condition. In Wyoming, a boy with cerebral palsy has just set a record for walking 500 miles through his schools "walking at recess" program.

Each of these milestones emphasizes the challenges faced by individuals with cerebral palsy and how treatment and therapy can benefit and improve their lives.

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a chronic condition often caused at or near the time of birth.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide that every year about 10,000 infants born in the United States will develop cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy includes a number of disorders affecting brain development and symptoms of cerebral palsy can include loss of movement or other functions related to nervous system. It may cause cognitive difficulties such as the ability to think and learn, and in physical difficulties such as uncontrolled movement of the limbs, difficulty walking, and balance and coordination issues.

While all of the causes are unknown, it has been linked to oxygen deprivation at birth. This may be the result of an infant staying in the birth canal too long and in some situations, the failure of doctors or other medical staff to act quickly enough to remedy the issue. This may by not performing an emergency cesarean section when one is needed or by other delays. The failure to act immediately and properly when an infant shows signs of fetal distress may be medical malpractice.

With treatment, medication and therapy it may be possible for a child with cerebral palsy become more independent.

As cerebral palsy lawyers, we have been able to help families of children recover the compensation they deserve in order to provide for a lifetime of care. For more information or if you believe your child may have developed cerebral palsy as the result of medical malpractice, please contact our dedicated San Diego birth injury lawyers for a confidential consultation.

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