OKC Cerebral Palsy Attorney
Parents naturally want what's best for their child. Unfortunately, the news that a child has been afflicted with Cerebral Palsy can truly devastate this want and forever alter a child's way of life. Cerebral Palsy is a serious neurological disorder that comes in a variety of forms. It affects motor functions and muscle coordination, and can significantly impact a child's ability to maintain both stability and posture.
If Cerebral Palsy goes undetected in early infancy, signs may begin to appear when a toddler or child does not display age appropriate characteristics of motor control, such as sitting, reaching, or walking. Sadly, there is no cure for Cerebral Palsy, and its onset may be especially difficult for a family to accept when the condition was caused by a birth injury. That is, though a considerable number of babies develop Cerebral Palsy while still in the womb, many others become afflicted with the disorder because they sustained some kind of birth injury, such as umbilical cord entrapment/entanglement, shoulder dystocia, or head injury during labor.
Many birth injuries deprive babies of oxygen. When the brain does not receive the proper amount of oxygen it needs, brain cells become depleted and are destroyed, consequently placing a baby at risk of suffering from various types of brain dysfunctions. Shoulder dystocia and umbilical cord entrapment are each critical situations that require a medical professional to act quickly and efficiently to ensure the well-being of the baby and mother. Ultimately, the repercussions of injuries sustained during birth can significantly alter a family's way of life.
There are a wide-range of treatments currently available for those with Cerebral Palsy, including:
- Speech therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Assistive devices, such as computers with voice synthesizers
- Surgery to loosen muscle tension
- Medications to help relieve pain, regulate seizures, or reduce muscle spasms
- Orthotic devices, such as braces or wheelchairs
In addition to the seriousness of the emotional and physical challenges posed by Cerebral Palsy, the financial consequences associated with it can be crippling as well. However, there is recourse that affected families can take to help alleviate the financial burden associated with Cerebral Palsy. That is, families whose child developed Cerebral Palsy as the result of a birth injury caused by a doctor or medical professional's negligence or inattentiveness may be able to seek compensatory damages from negligent parties in a court of law.
To find out more about your legal rights as the family of a child affected by birth injury-induced Cerebral Palsy, please don't hesitate to contact the Oklahoma City birth injury attorneys at Maples Law Firm. Our Oklahoma Cerebral Palsy lawyers can assist you with your Cerebral Palsy birth injury case, and have devoted many years to helping families receive the monetary compensation they deserve for their baby's birth injury. We will use our extensive experience in Oklahoma personal injury and medical malpractice law to ensure that the actions of negligent parties are brought to light in a court of law.
Call us toll-free any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (888) 226-6159. If you are from Oklahoma City, you can also call (405) 551-8864.
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