Arizona Cerebral Palsy Lawyer

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It can be devastating to find out that your child suffers from cerebral palsy (CP). Although it's not a life-threatening illness, its consequences can be life-changing. Cerebral palsy is caused by problems in the developing brain. A trauma, the presence of a toxin, or radiation exposure before or during birth, or even up to three years after birth can cause a child's brain to develop incorrectly. The result is miscommunication between the brain and the body, which results in difficulty with muscle control, movement, and speech. It varies in severity but is not a progressive illness. Since it is normally caused by only one single trauma to the brain, it will not worsen over time.

The symptoms of cerebral palsy can vary drastically. In its mildest forms, it might simply cause difficulty controlling the muscles in one hand. With proper physical and occupational therapy, people with these types of impairments can usually function normally. In its most severe cases, however, cerebral palsy can render a person completely immobile. If the trauma was quite severe, then the person can become quadriplegic and lose the ability to communicate. Cerebral palsy can also cause severe cognitive deficits. There have been cases of 12-year-old children with CP who had the brain functions of a four-month-old infant.

Arizona has many resources for children with cerebral palsy and their families. Special education programs are available in the public schools to allow many children with cerebral palsy to receive good education. Vocational agencies can help someone with cerebral palsy develop a fulfilling, rewarding, and employable life skill. Finally, mental health centers can help families understand the disease and may be able to help someone with CP cope with their condition.

If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you should consider meeting with an attorney. There might be a chance that there is someone at fault for this debilitating condition. CP can be caused while in the womb or up to three years after birth. There are a variety of ways that it can be contracted and some are preventable. That is why it is important to talk to an attorney if your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. One possible cause of this terrible affliction is medical malpractice. When a child is born, time is of the essence. It is at this period that your child's brain is most susceptible to injury, and any slight error can have life altering consequences.

If the brain is lacking oxygen at birth, it can cause CP. There are a variety of ways that a physician could be at fault for your child's illness. Waiting too long to perform a C-Section and failure to diagnose fetal distress are two of the most common reasons that a child develops CP. A Cerebral Palsy lawyer will be able to analyze the medical records and any other evidence to determine if medical malpractice is the cause of your child's illness. If your lawyer can prove that it was, then you are eligible to receive compensation. The costs of providing the proper care to a child with CP can be extremely expensive. A qualified attorney will be able to get you the money that you deserve so that your child will get the best possible treatment.


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