Hawaii Cerebral Palsy Lawyer

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Cerebral palsy (CP) results from trauma to the parts of the brain that control movement and coordination, thus leading to physical disabilities that can range from slight to severe. Limitations are apparent in activities, communication, and behavior as a result of the brain injuries. Typically, signals of CP show up in infancy and shortly thereafter, typically before the age of 3. Examples of indicators may be when a baby fails to lift its head or roll over by the age of six months, or failing to meet other milestones, such as smiling, crawling, and walking. Excessive drooling is also an indicator, since mouth, throat, and tongue muscles may be affected. Growth can also be stunted, because shortened muscles do not let those suffering from cerebral palsy to move freely. While all indicators are unique to the individual, it is important to remember the CP is not inherited, contracted, or progressive. It is the result of brain injuries that impair normal muscle movement and motor function.

Brain injuries can occur during the birthing process which ultimately may result in cerebral palsy. There are a few potential medical errors that can be to blame. Most common is the restriction of oxygen to the baby's brain, perhaps if the baby is in the birth canal for too long, or if the umbilical cord is twisted or wrapped around the baby's throat. In addition, brain trauma can occur when forceps or vacuum delivery are done incorrectly. If the baby requires CPR after childbirth, or requires the assistance of a specialized physician, you may have reason to believe that the CP was caused by negligence during the birthing process.

A 2003 study found that the average economic expense per cerebral palsy case in the United States was $921,000, which includes lost income. Given the statistics, no matter the severity of the symptoms, there will be a financial strain to outfit all of the medical treatments, and housing modifications to accommodate a family member with CP. 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.

Physical therapy with special equipment, stretching, and exercises can all help to develop much needed muscle strength and control. Occupational therapy can help children learn to be independent in such everyday activities like grooming and dressing. Language therapy is also sometimes needed to overcome communication problems resulting from poor mouth and tongue muscle control. Computers are often used in this instance. The IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) mandates that educational opportunities are readily available, just as they would be for non-disabled children. Education specialized to help your child's needs can help them achieve their highest potential.

If you believe that your child is a victim of brain trauma due to medical negligence, then it is essential that you contact a Hawaii attorney immediately. The mental and emotional strain will be more than enough to handle; allow an experienced birth injury Hawaii lawyer to handle your case, in order to recoup the monetary damages needed to properly care for your child. Fight for the rights of your child and hold the medical staff accountable for their errors. An attorney can help you navigate the law to bring justice to your family.


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