The medical malpractice lawyers at Elk & Elk know cerebral palsy well
An estimated 800,000 individuals in the U.S. have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and worldwide there are an estimated 17 million cases, according to Cerebral Palsy magazine.
After 50 years, our Ohio malpractice lawyers can see negligence clearly
If you believe your child – or the child of a friend or family member – has suffered cerebral palsy from a medical error, you need a cerebral palsy lawyer and support staff with the experience, resources, dedication and track record of Elk & Elk Co., Ltd.
Our seasoned, capable and resourceful team of attorneys, paralegals, doctors, nurses, accountants, economists and experts is ready, willing and able to help you and your family get the justice and compensation you need to nurture a child with cerebral palsy into a capable, respectable and productive life.
To learn more about your legal rights and how Elk & Elk can help you protect them, call 1-800-ELK-OHIO or contact us online. We are available anytime you need assistance and we never charge any fees upfront.
Handling all types of cerebral palsy claims
The term cerebral palsy refers to any one of a number of neurological disorders appearing in infancy or early childhood that permanently affect a person’s movement and muscle coordination.
It doesn’t worsen over time and, although it may affect muscle movements, it isn’t a problem of the muscles or nerves. Rather, it is caused by abnormalities in parts of the brain that control muscle movements, according to the cerebral palsy information page provided online by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
The different type of cerebral palsy are:
- Spastic cerebral palsy: Some muscles are tight, stiff and weak, making control of movement difficult.
- Athetoid cerebral palsy: Control of muscles is disrupted by spontaneous and unwanted movements. Control of posture is also disrupted.
- Ataxic cerebral palsy: Problems include difficulty with balance and speech and shaky movements of hands or feet.
- Mixed cerebral palsy: a combination of all three.
Many factors may cause cerebral palsy in infants and young children, but mismanagement of labor and delivery appears to be one. Statistics show that in about 10 to 15 percent of cases, oxygen deprivation to the brain before, during or after birth is the cause.
For cases in which substandard health care is found to be the cause, the affected children and their families need to be compensated justly and the negligent caregiver needs to be held accountable for a mistake that will undoubtedly lead to a lifetime of special care, attention and education and quite possibly a diminished quality of life for the affected child and his or her family.
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