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Cerebral palsy (CP) varies in degrees of severity for each individual. Each case is unique in its origin, and in the disabilities that stem from it. In its most severe forms, cerebral palsy can severely limit both physical and mental capabilities. CP is a brain injury that interferes with the messages sent from the brain to the body, as well as from the body to the brain. More specifically, the part of the brain is damaged in cerebral palsy is the section that controls muscle movement and coordination. Depending in which area of the brain was damaged, some potential reactions may occur, such as muscle tightness or spasms, involuntary movement, difficulty with gross motor skills (walking) and fine motor skills (writing), as well as balance and perception. In addition to these disabilities, problems like poor bladder and bowel control, breathing problems, speech problems, and difficulty eating are common side effects associated with CP. In general, the future of your child can be happy and full of life, with the incorporation of the necessary treatments and therapies.

You may be asking yourself 'How did this happen to my child?' Well, there is no clear answer to this question. Cerebral palsy can develop during the pregnancy, the birthing process, or shortly afterward. It is usually detected before the age of three years old, however, and is diagnosed when the infant is not meeting common developmental milestones such as holding up his/her head, crawling, smiling, and walking. Cerebral palsy is not a condition that can be inherited, or contracted. Also it is not contagious or progressive in nature. For the healthy parent who was up-to-date with prenatal care and avoided sexually transmitted diseases, as well as toxic substances, the reasons may be outside your personal responsibility.

There have been some cases where CP occurred due to medical error. In these cases, the medical staff team that you trusted either failed to act quickly enough, or used a medical device incorrectly.
For example, a baby that is left in the birth canal too long with a lack of oxygen is one potential danger. Another cause can be the doctor's failure to detect a prolapsed cord, or if the baby has a seizure during labor. Excessive use of vacuum and forceps can contribute to possible brain injury. If the fetus is distressed, and the doctor fails to perform a cesarean section, that too can lead to possible cerebral palsy. Medical professionals are responsible for providing safe care before, during, and after birth.

Of course, you are seeking the best treatments for your child's unique needs. Physical therapy and cognitive therapy are crucial, especially in the first few years of the illness. The proper treatment can allow many children to grow up and live a satisfying and fulfilling adulthood. There is no known cure for cerebral palsy, but there are maintenance treatments available. The earlier the treatment, the better the chance the child will be able to overcome developmental disabilities. Some treatments may include physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, drug treatments, braces, wheelchairs, and walkers, as well as some communication aids. That is why you need a lawyer who specializes in cases of Cerebral Palsy. They will be able to ensure that you get the money that is owed to you, so that you can afford to pay for the proper therapy for your child.

A 2003 study found that the average monetary expense for a lifelong care can be approximately over $900,000, including the loss of income. If your child's condition is a result of a medical error, then those doctors should be held responsible. Contacting a Florida lawyer with experience in brain injury may be able to help you fight for the damages owed to your child, and protect your child's right to a healthy life.


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