San Diego, CA (PRWEB) July 04, 2013
Resource4thePeople announced today that it has increased the number of attorneys who are now available to review claims from consumers over allegations of medical malpractice that may have caused cerebral palsy or other birth defects in infants.
“This announcement comes as a result of a significant increase in the volume of inquires we are receiving in connection with these allegations over a condition that affects thousands of families,” said Resource4thePeople.
“Our additional personnel will enable us to more adequately and efficiently provide free consultations to those consumers seeking information about the legal rights they may have to seek compensation over allegations that improper care caused cerebral palsy or other birth defects.”
Information about these consultations and toll-free phone numbers as well as appropriate internet links is all available at the Resource4thePeople web site.
“This increase in staffing to provide consumers this legal information comes in response to the unexpected volume of response generated by our recent announcement about the launching of a new medical malpractice/cerebral palsy information bank for consumers who have claims involving cerebral palsy and other birth defects,” said Resource4thePeople.
“Our data shows that there is a great demand from consumers about information in the area of cerebral palsy and birth defects, which occur in about 750,000 births in the United States each day.”
Resource4thePeople said that the additional staff is experienced in handling medical malpractice claims and will be sensitive to the needs of each family that may have been affected in such cases.
The new information site that was established provides a detailed, easy-to-read outline of how medical malpractice can occur in some cases resulting in cerebral palsy and other birth defects that have had devastating emotional and financial impacts on families.
The site features a link to free consultations providing consumers an analysis of the legal options that may be available to them to seek compensation in cases in which medical mistakes or errors may have occurred.
The new information center also provides descriptions of how medical malpractice can occur and about how experienced attorneys may be able to seek the compensation to cover the lifetime of medical care and expenses required for the child involved.
Cerebral palsy is general description of a set of neurological problems that, tragically, stem from brain damage and permanent disrupt an individual's capacity for muscle coordination and body movement control. This can occur during fetal development, birth, post-birth or during the first few years of life.
“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 Resource4thePeople.
“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.”
Consumers should be aware that there may be legal time limits involved in seeking such compensation and it is recommended that those seeking legal advice do so as soon as possible in order to preserve all of their legal options.
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 Resource4thePeople.
Estimates of the costs of care and treatment for cerebral palsy victims vary widely but a May, 22, 2010 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 a Nov. 13, 2010 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”