Cerebral Palsy is a devastating condition which may occur while during the birthing process, directly following birth, in utero, or within the infant’s first years. 10,000 babies and infants are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy annually. It has also been estimated that injury to the brain occurring at the time of birth accounts for 20% of babies who are born with Cerebral Palsy. The New York Cerebral Palsy attorneys at the Law Office of Risman & Risman, P.C. will fight for your family’s rightful compensation and pursue those who at fault for your child’s birth injury.
Cerebral Palsy is a non-progressive disorder, although conditions that are associated with it may be progressive, meaning that they can become more or less severe over time. Movement, posture and muscle coordination caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain are all characteristic for a person who has Cerebral Palsy.
Cerebral Palsy is categorized in into four types:
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy;
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy;
- Athetoid Cerebral Palsy; and
- Mixed Cerebral Palsy, a combination of two or more of the aforementioned forms of Cerebral Palsy.
Cerebral Palsy can manifest and be caused in several different ways. One way a child may develop Cerebral Palsy is from brain damage to the cerebrum. The cerebrum is a large and vital vital part of the brain that has serves many function and include, controlling movements of muscles, establishing intelligence, operating high brain functions, perceiving sensory impulses, and storing information. When the cerebrum is damaged, its functions can be hindered. Another prominent cause of Cerebral Palsy is poor development of the brain while the fetus is forming. Some situations that may cause brain damage while still in the uterus are: extreme jaundice, oxygen deficiency, infections and brain bleeding.
Cerebral Palsy is a very serious and traumatic condition, and unfortunately there is no cure at this time. Fortunately, there are several different courses of treatment which consist of specialists, therapy, assistive technologies, and medication that may be able to maintain the condition and promote development in many areas. These treatment plans can get quite expensive.
Please allow the attorneys at the Law Office of Risman & Risman, P.C. to assist you with your claim. If your child has been the victim of a birth injury that resulted in Cerebral Palsy, please contact the New York Cerebral Palsy attorneys at the Law Office of Risman & Risman, P.C. at (212) 233-6400 or contact us online.