Nebraska Lawyers Answer Cerebral Palsy FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
It's important to understand that cerebral palsy is not a disease, but a disorder in the brain which affects a child's movement. The word "cerebral" refers to the brain, while "palsy" refers to the interference with movement.
If your child has been affected by cerebral palsy, you may have questions with regard to treatment and rehabilitation options. You may also be justifiably concerned about your child's potential for education, employment, and a good quality of life.
The experienced Omaha cerebral palsy lawyers at Cullan & Cullan LLC can answer your questions and offer more information about your child's legal rights.
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Q. What is Cerebral Palsy?
A. Cerebral refers to the brain and palsy refers to an interference with movement. Cerebral palsy is not a disease, but a condition where malformations within the brain affect muscle movements.
What are the Different Types of Cerebral Palsy?
A. The brain is an incredibly complex organ. There are several different forms of cerebral palsy, and they all have different symptoms. Some common forms of cerebral palsy include:
- Spastic diplegia
- Spastic hemiplegia
- Spastic quadriplegia
- Ataxic cerebral palsy
- Hypotonic cerebral palsy
- Dystonic dyskinetic cerebral palsy
- Athetoid dyskinetic cerebral palsy
- Choreoathetoid dyskinetic cerebral palsy
Spastic forms of cerebral palsy involve muscle spasms and stiff muscles. Dyskinetic forms involve involuntary movements. Balance and depth perception issues often characterize ataxic cerebral palsy. Hypotonic cerebral palsy involves overly relaxed muscles.
How Will Cerebral Palsy Affect My Child?
A. Each case is different.
The severity of your child's symptoms will depend on the extent of the brain damage or brain malformation that caused the disorder. Many children with cerebral palsy grow up to lead perfectly normal lives, while others suffer such debilitating symptoms that they need constant care.
What are the Causes of Cerebral Palsy?
A. Cerebral palsy is caused by either brain damage or brain malformations. A majority of children with cerebral palsy have had it since they were born. Cerebral palsy is often caused by lack of oxygen to the brain or to the body, premature delivery, or birth trauma. These are often the result of medical negligence during labor and delivery. Medical malpractice cases involving cerebral palsy are often caused by:
- Failure to properly treat serious infections such as meningitis in the mother during pregnancy
- Inadequate monitoring of the fetal heart rate before and during labor and birth
- Failure to perform a cesarean section procedure when it's known that the baby is too large to safely pass through the birth canal
- Delay in performing necessary cesarean section
- Mistakes while using instruments such as vacuum and forceps in performing a delivery
- Failure to detect fetal distress during labor and delivery
Is There a Cure for Cerebral Palsy?
A. There's no known cure for cerebral palsy. Brain damage and brain abnormalities that cause CP are irreversible. But, modern medical technology can help improve the quality of life for the child.
You can significantly reduce the risk of cerebral palsy by receiving good prenatal care. Preventative measures, careful monitoring, and proper testing can prevent cerebral palsy. When a child has cerebral palsy, it must be determined what could and should've been done differently, or if medical negligence was involved.
Was My Child the Victim of Medical Malpractice?
A. It's possible that if your child has cerebral palsy, it is the result of negligence on the part of a medical professional. In such cases, financial support may be available for your child's long-term medical care, rehabilitation, and other needs. You should discuss your legal rights and options with an Omaha medical malpractice attorney.
Call Cullan & Cullan LLC at (402) 397-7600 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.
- Cerebral Palsy Information Page - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- Cerebral Palsy (CP) - CDC
- Cerebral Palsy - MedlinePlus
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