San Diego, CA (PRWEB) April 20, 2013
Resource4thePeople announced today that its nationwide team of lawyers is now accepting inquiries from consumers about the possibility of cerebral palsy lawsuits over allegations of birth defects that may have been caused by medical malpractice.
“In response to a significant number of consumer inquiries from families who have had infants born with cerebral palsy and other birth problems we are now accepting cerebral palsy claims,” said Resource4thePeople spokesman William Howell.
“Our national network of attorneys is experienced in the area of medical malpractice and is now offering free consultations to families who contact us about their cases and whether they may be entitled to compensation for medical costs and other expenses.”
Howell said some families may be eligible for compensation in cases in which their infants have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy if medical mistakes were made during the birthing process.
“Families place the care of the mother and infant during the birthing process in the hands of medical practitioners with the trust that these professionals will meet the accepted standards of medical care,” said Howell.
“Unfortunately, this is not always the case and sometimes mistakes are made that can cause such serious medical conditions as cerebral palsy, which have lifetime consequences for the child and the family involving medical costs, special education costs and other expenses directly attributable to this condition.”
Howell said that there may be legal time limits involved in seeking such compensation and recommended that those seeking legal advice do so as soon as possible in order to preserve all of their legal options.
Resource4thePeople also is announcing its support of all efforts to heighten public awareness and understanding of cerebral palsy and stimulate funding of research for the condition.
“We note that National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day was recently held and presented emotional and informative series of events that showcased many of these special children and the different types of cerebral palsy that exist.”
National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day was designated by a U.S. Senate proclamation to promote awareness of the condition and kindle support for research efforts. It is estimated that there about 800,000 persons in American who are affected by the condition.
“These activities are enormously important because they demonstrate how special those who have been affected by cerebral palsy are to their families and others and it appreciably increases fund-raising for research,” said Howell.
“However, the inquiries we are receiving from families affected by cerebral palsy are focusing on how they will have to deal with the financial hardships of the future after having a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy.”
Resource4thePeople notes that there are several different types of cerebral palsy, which are classified as neurological disorders that cause lifetime disruptions of muscle coordination and body movements.
The condition can be caused by several factors that occur before, during or after birth and, in some cases, can involve medical malpractice, said Howell.
Estimates of the costs of care and treatment for cerebral palsy victims vary widely but a U.S. government report provides estimates that reach as high as $700,000 over a lifetime.*
The government report describes cerebral palsy as a motor disorder appearing in early childhood that is caused by brain damage and is the most common movement disorder of childhood and affects approximately one to six children per 1,000 births.
“The estimate varies considerably because mild cases may not be determined in early childhood, and all cases may be obscured by other developmental disabilities, such as seizures and mental retardation,” according the EPA report.
“The most severe cases may result in rapid death and not be detected. When estimates of the incidence of cerebral palsy are based on evaluations in the neonatal period, the occurrence will be underestimated.
“It is very difficult to identify cerebral palsy during this period by clinical methods, due to the relative immaturity of the nervous system of newborn infants. Both muscle tone and the control of movement are affected in cerebral palsy.”
To provide some insight for consumers who are inquiring about the treatment and expenses required for cerebral palsy, Resource4thePeople provides these details from the Mayo Clinic web site:**
“Children and adults with cerebral palsy will require some degree of long term care with a medical care team. This team may include:
- Pediatrician or physiatrist, who oversees the treatment plan and medical care
- Pediatric neurologist, who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders in children
- Orthopedist, who treats muscle and bone disorders
- Occupational therapist, who specializes in therapy to develop everyday skills and to use adaptive products that help with everyday activities
- Developmental therapist, who specializes in therapy to help your child develop age-appropriate behaviors, social skills and interpersonal skills
- Mental health provider, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist
- Social worker, who assists the family with accessing services and planning for transitions in care
- Special education teacher, who addresses learning disabilities, determines educational needs and identifies appropriate educational resources”