As many as half a million people in the United States are afflicted with cerebral palsy (CP). Cerebral palsy is not a single disorder, but a group of disorders that can affect sensation, muscle control, head control, walking, muscle tone, coordination, balance, and cognitive functioning. CP is the result of damage to specific areas of the brain that control those functions. Hypoxia, Hypoxemia and uterine hyperstimulation during the birth process have all been associated with CP in infants.
Cerebral palsy is classified into three main types. Each of the three types has its own set of symptoms, and some people have a mix of symptoms.
- With ataxic cerebral palsy, your child may have problems with balance and depth perception.
- With athetoid cerebral palsy, your child may suffer involuntary movements which he or she cannot control.
- With spastic cerebral palsy, your child may experience excessive tone, muscle spasm and be stiff, making movement difficult.
Depending on the extent and nature of the injury occurring at birth, with early intervention, intensive therapy and resources, children with CP can develop the skills to be independent in some or all activities of daily living. Others will require a lifetime of care.
Answers And Resources To Help Your Child With Cerebral Palsy
A diagnosis of cerebral palsy can be a parents nightmare, raising important questions about how and why, and who will responsible for the expenses of taking care of my child. Many parents are looking for answers, for information, and for hope. Often parents want to know “How could this happen?” and “Could this have been prevented?”
It is in helping to answer these questions that the lawyers at the San Francisco, California law offices of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger can help.
Helping Children And Their Families Since 1959
At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our cerebral palsy lawyers believe that every child injured during the birth process through the fault of a trusted medical provider deserves the opportunity to receive the most appropriate care and therapy, thereby giving that child the best chance to reach his or her full potential. For 50 years, our birth injury attorneys have been helping parents of children injured by medical negligence — by doctors, nurses, midwives, hospitals and HMOs.
Because cerebral palsy is most often the result of medical negligence resulting in birth injury at time of labor and delivery our San Francisco, California cerebral palsy lawyers know how to evaluate the labor and delivery medical records to look for clues.
Our San Francisco, California law firm has a full-time pediatrician-attorney on staff to evaluate medical records quickly and help assess whether further specialized expert review is needed to determine if legal liability exists and compensation is owed. We have relationships with medical specialists across the country who can help us get answers for our clients.
Contact Us Today For Help Getting the Answers You Need
Contact us by calling (415) 981-7210 if you suspect your child’s cerebral palsy was the result of medical negligence, get the answers and legal help you need. Our cerebral palsy attorneys represent clients throughout California, and in association with local counsel, in other states including Hawaii, Nevada, and Oregon.
*If you are an HMO member of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan or insured received you prenatal and delivery care from members of the Permanente medical group, your child cannot file a lawsuit in court. Your child’s only legal remedy is arbitration. You are entitled to have legal counsel in Kaiser Permanente arbitration proceedings. Learn more about our birth injury practice for Kaiser Permanente customers.