Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Lawyer

For months the family of an expecting baby are anxiously waiting and planning for their newest family member.  Everything from baby names to babysitting is carefully thought through. It’s usually the most joyous occasion in a parent’s life. However, in some cases things can go terribly wrong during pregnancy or delivery causing the baby injury and resulting in cerebral palsy.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is a term commonly referred to as “CP” and is described by impairment or loss of motor functions caused by brain damage.  CP affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, tone, reflex, posture and balance.  Fine motor skills can also be impacted.

When the brain is damaged due to injury associated with the care of medical staff or a doctor’s medical malpractice or negligence during, before or after the birth recourse to compensation for the victim and family’s needs are advisable. The effects of cerebral palsy are permanent and long-term.  The child will not get better with time and in many cases needs long-term care. Each case is different and unique. While one person may have a severe case and need life-long care, another person may have slight movement problems and require little assistance.

What are the costs associated to Cerebral Palsy?

According to the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Foundation, approximately 764,000 children and adults in the United States are living with one or more symptoms of cerebral palsy.  Few studies about the economic impact on the nation or average lifetime costs to the family when a child is a victim of cerebral palsy have been conducted.  But the costs are high.

Children with cerebral palsy have a life-long condition that requires long-term support and assistance relating to the ongoing need for medical care, special education, developmental assistance and assisted living.  Plus, there are other cost associated with the loss of productivity and wages and occupational limitations.

The cost of cerebral palsy is significant and there is help and support with community and government programs. However, if the injury was due to medical malpractice or neglect, the victim’s family should contact a medical malpractice attorney to discuss their case, legal rights, and help to determine if you might be eligible for a birth injury settlement or court award to offset the costs of your medical expenses, care and other factors.

Take action now:

Contacting an attorney who is experienced in these types of cases is critical to your overall outcome. Also, there is a risk of not taking action now. Contact Eugene Fahrenkrog by calling him directly at (314) 241-4567 today to discuss your case and find out more. Remember there is no cost or obligation with your first visit.

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