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Cerebral Palsy – Birth Injury Lawyer Services in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia

Cerebral palsy is one of the birth injuries Washington DC sadly sees too often. If it occurs, hiring a lawyer to investigate may be a step in the right direction. Cerebral palsy is an extremely difficult condition to deal with because there is still so much unknown about its origins. Most cerebral palsy happens during pregnancy or birth, although there is a small probability of it happening after birth but before the age of three. Sometimes, when a child is not delivered properly, a birth injury can occur because of a lack of injury to the brain, which can result in cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a term that covers a large group conditions that affect movement and cause physical disability in individual development. Cerebral palsy conditions are non-progressive, meaning the condition cannot get worse or travel to other parts of the body, and non-contagious, meaning that other people cannot contract the condition in any way.

Cerebral palsy is caused by injury to the centers of the brain that control movement, while the brain is developing. Because cerebral palsy occurs during brain development, it most commonly occurs at some stage in pregnancy, during the child’s birth, or before the child reaches age three. Cerebral palsy can result in the limitation of movement or posture and often also results in vision-based problems, communication problems, cognitive impairment, and occasional epilepsy. If you need legal counsel, contact the personal injury lawyers Washington DC trusts.

There is not yet a cure for cerebral palsy, however, there is a wide range of treatment available such as specialized equipment, therapy, and in some cases surgery can help. Babies and toddlers who are exposed to lead and get lead poisoning, and babies and toddlers who experience malnutrition, bacterial meningitis, not being properly restrained in a car during a car accident, and brain damage caused by shaking are all factors which may lead to cerebral palsy.

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Cerebral palsy is commonly known and referred to as “CP” and “is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture,” according to the CDC. Breaking down the disorder’s name tells you a lot about it since cerebral means having to do with the brain and palsy is a weakness or problems with using the muscles. Cerebral Palsy is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects a person’s ability to control his or her muscles, these damages usually occur in utero. Cerebral Palsy most commonly affects motor disability in childhood. 

If you, your childhood or your loved one has CP as a result of someone else’s negligent or harmful action is to blame , you may want to speak with an expert cerebral palsy Washington DC lawyer.

Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy:

Cerebral Palsy’s differ from person to person and child to child, which is why if your child’s Cerebral Palsy is caused by someone else’s negligence, you may want to contact an experienced Cerebral Palsy attorney Washington DC because you have much higher costs than someone else whose child also has the disorder. Some people with severe Cerebral Palsy may need special equipment to walk, or never be able to walk and need lifelong care, which of course adds up. If someone in the Washington DC area has mild CP, that person may walk awkwardly or need a walker, but may not need any other special help. Cerebral Palsy does not get worse over time but symptoms do change over the course of someone with Cerebral Palsy’s life.

While symptoms differ from person to person with Cerebral Palsy, all people with Cerebral Palsy have issues with movement and posture. Many people have problems and conditions like intellectual disability, seizures, vision issues, hearing issues, or speech issues; changes in the spine (such as scoliosis); or joint problems (such as contractures). If your loved one or your child has any (and certainly all) of these issues as a result of someone else’s negligence, the medical bills mount up, and insurance may not cover everything, which is why contacting you may want to contact a Cerebral Palsy Washington DC lawyer and find out if your family qualifies for compensation. You should be to focus on what matters most, taking care of your loved one, not bills.

Four main types of Cerebral Palsy: 

-Spastic Cerebral Palsy

The most common type of Cerebral Palsy is spastic Spastic Cerebral Palsy, which afects about 80% of people with Cerebral Palsy, according to the CDC. People afflicted with Spastic Cerebral Palsy have increased muscle tone, which means that their muscles are stiff and because of that their movements can be awkward and jerky. The stiffness can affect legs or arms, both and full body, including the trunk. The more severe the Cerebral Palsy is the more help that the person who has it needs. This may require a full-time caregiver or living in a full-time facility, which can cost a significant amount. 

-Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy 

People with dyskinetic CP, which also includes athetoid, choreoathetoid, and dystonic cerebral palsy have problems maintaining control of the movement of their hands, arms, feet, and legs. Due to the difficulting of that it makes it difficult to sit and walk. People with Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy’s  movements are uncontrollable and might be slow, writhing or rapid and jerky. Someone‘s face and tongue may be affected, which means a person has difficulty sucking, swallowing, and talking. A person with dyskinetic CP’s muscle tone that can change from day to day, and even in a single day. 

-Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

People with ataxic Cerebral Palsy have issues with balance and coordination, often making it difficult to walk or make quick movements that need control. People with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy  often have a hard time controlling their hands or arms.

-Mixed Cerebral Palsy

Some people with Cerebral Palsy have symptoms associated with more than one type of Palsy, the most common mixed Cerebral Palsy is spastic-dyskinetic CP.

If contacting a Cerebral Palsy Washington DC lawyer is the right step for your family, contact Cohen & Cohen P.C. immediately.

Contact A Birth Injury Attorney To Discuss Your Case

If the newest member of your family has recently been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and you want to investigate whether someone is to blame for it during the birth process, contact Cohen & Cohen immediately. During an evaluation, the attorneys at Cohen & Cohen can tell you if you have a case and how much compensation you may be entitled. Cerebral palsy is a life altering, physically debilitating condition that will require intensive therapy and medical treatment for the rest of your child’s life. Having a child with cerebral palsy can be very costly. If another person’s negligent or harmful action is to blame for your child’s cerebral palsy condition, your family may be qualified for financial compensation to assist with your child’s medical bills and suffering.

If your family member was recently diagnosed with a cerebral palsy condition, you don’t have to deal with it alone. The birth injury attorneys and cerebral palsy attorneys at Cohen & Cohen are here to help. Don’t wait another minute to call for your evaluation! Some people fear that lawsuits are time consuming and monetarily wasteful. At Cohen & Cohen the cerebral palsy attorneys care about making sure you gain the financial compensation you need and deserve. Because they take your case personally, you can trust that they will carry out your lawsuit in a professional, cost effective, and timely manor.

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