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There are an estimated 800,000 babies, children and adults suffering from cerebral palsy in the United States. Each year, 10,000 more babies will be born with or develop the condition. Cerebral palsy is a difficult condition to deal with as a parent. There are endless visits to doctors, and living with the fear of your child's health is exhausting. The child suffers as well, as he or she may never know life outside of a wheelchair.

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of chronic disorders involving varying degrees of brain damage, which affect the brain's ability to control and regulate the nervous and muscular systems. The main cause for cerebral palsy is a lack of oxygen to the brain before, during, or after birth, resulting in impairment of movement and function throughout the body, also known as cerebral palsy. While the initial damage can be quite severe, the condition is not progressive, meaning the child should not experience any other loss of brain function in later years.

The majority of cerebral palsy cases occur during gestation, while the remaining percentage of cases occur during birth or up to the age of three. Certain maternal and fetal factors during pregnancy can increase the risks that a child will be born with cerebral palsy. Many of these risk factors can be identified by a doctor during pregnancy; he or she may advise the mother on steps to take to lessen the risks the risk of the baby being born with the condition.

While a fetus may not develop cerebral palsy during gestation, the condition may develop during the birthing process. If the labor is too long or very stressful for the mother, it affects the baby as well. He or she may be unable to get enough oxygen while in the birth canal, or if the umbilical cord becomes wrapped around the neck for too long. And while it is more rare, development of cerebral palsy during the first few years of life may also occur, due to illnesses such as jaundice, bacterial meningitis or viral encephalitis. Unfortunately, a cure is not yet known for cerebral palsy; the only thing that parents can do is manage the disorder to the best of their ability and try to provide the best treatments and care available.

It can sometimes be very difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of a child's cerebral palsy. Signs of cerebral palsy do not begin to show themselves until the child starts to develop, leaving many parents angry, upset, and bewildered at how this happened in the first place. If your have recently been told that your child had cerebral palsy, and suspect that it is a direct result of your doctor's actions or negligence, you do have some options. It is in your child's best interest to contact a personal injury lawyer or attorney in New Hampshire as soon as possible. A lawyer or attorney can help you through the legal process to recover damages from you doctor for his or her negligence.

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A lawsuit can be filed against your doctor if there is a strong case indicating that malpractice was the cause of the cerebral palsy. In order to make sure your case is viable, it is imperative to meet with a lawyer who specializes in cerebral palsy or personal injury cases. Your lawyer or attorney will be able to recognize if there are grounds for a claim, and what your chances of success are based upon previous cases they have been involved in. They may also be able to estimate what your compensation may be, based on statistics and reports, or even by gathering a team of experts to estimate future costs of education, therapy and medical expenses relating to your child's condition.

The financial strain a person with cerebral palsy can put upon a family can be daunting. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS) has reported that the average lifetime cost of cerebral palsy is an estimated $921,000, not including hospital visits, emergency room visits, residential care, and other out-of-pocket expenses. A specialized and experienced New Hampshire cerebral palsy or personal injury lawyer should fight for you to receive the maximum amount of compensation available for your child and your family. The money you win in your case will help you give your child the best possible medical treatment in the future and a better quality of life. Do what is best for your family, and hire a lawyer or attorney today.


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