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Individuals Make Strides Raising Cerebral Palsy Awareness

Recent news stories have covered the remarkable feats of individuals suffering from cerebral palsy and by their loved ones in an effort to shed light on this chronic condition. Despite cerebral palsy being one of the leading causes of childhood chronic disabilities, many families are unaware of the causes, symptoms and treatment options available.

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a condition that occurs as the result of a brain injury that occurs while the brain is developing — before, during, or after birth. Cerebral palsy affects indivduals in many different ways, often affecting muscle control and coordination, cognitive development, and may create diffculties with speech and hearing. Many times, those affected with cerebral palsy have difficulty functioning day-to-day.

What are the causes of cerebral palsy?

Many different factors may lead to the development of cerebral palsy, it is often the result of oxygen deprivation during labor and delivery. In some instances this may be a result of medical negligence. For example, failing to act quickly enough where an infant is showing signs of fetal distress or improperly using forceps or other negligent care can result in cerebral palsy.

What treatment options are available?

Unfortunately there is no cure for cerebral palsy. However, treatment such as physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy can help improve the quality of life of individuals affected by this condition. Often lifelong treatment is necessary and the costs can be exorbitant.

As California birth injury lawyers, we are dedicated to helping families care for their loved ones who suffer from this chronic condition. If you believe your child may have cerebral palsy as the result of medical negligence at birth, please contact our office right away so we can help your family obtain the compensation it deserves.

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