New York City Personal Injury Law Blog
Coping with Cerebral Palsy
Posted on Feb 20, 2015 in Medical Malpractice
Cerebral palsy (CP) is something that normally occurs at birth due to a lack of oxygen to the fetus. When this happens, medical professionals need to respond quickly to limit the effects of lack of oxygen to the brain.
Cerebral palsy may be the result of medical negligence during the delivery or a delay in delivery, resulting in the lack of oxygen. Timely treatment is an important factor in how an injury victim will fare over the course of his or her life.
Treatment of cerebral palsy typically starts with testing for a specific diagnosis. This may involve magnetic resonance imaging or MRI, cranial ultrasound or a CT scan. Lab tests may also apply. Doctors will look at certain conditions during examination and review the test results to determine which type of cerebral palsy exists, how severe the condition is and what the long-term prognosis for mobility is expected to be.
Other types of treatment will involve physical therapy where, over time, professionals will train the body to develop the fullest range of motions possible. New methods for CP physical therapy involve video games and other kinds of advanced therapies that can have a big impact. Where individuals have access to these, they can make remarkable progress over time in assisted or unassisted mobility.
Experts also encourage families to advocate for a family member with cerebral palsy as they continue their journey through the medical system. Support groups can be helpful and an experienced lawyer can be a vital resource for families. Settlements and court awards can help provide money for the best treatments and therapies possible.
How an Attorney Can Assist With Your Case
In the state of New York, there is a specific medical fund for neurologically-impaired births. Families of children with cerebral palsy may be entitled to medical malpractice settlements, which are tax-free. Qualified injury lawyers understand all of these opportunities and work with families to get them access to the money and treatment options they need.
Getting the best treatment after an initial injury will make a huge difference in a patient’s eventual outcome. However, obtaining such treatment requires dealing with a legal and insurance system that’s often daunting to those who need to use it. That is why injury victims and their families rely on skilled injury attorneys to help them make their way through the legal process, which may include bringing a personal injury claim to obtain settlement funds for treatment.
If someone in your family suffers from cerebral palsy or a similar injury, call the lawyers at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff. We have the experts to prove whether medical negligence caused cerebral palsy during the delivery process. We have extensive experience handling such cases and we will help you preserve your rights under the law.