Help for Texas Families of Children with Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a common and serious type of birth injury that impacts families in Texas and throughout the United States. It's a disorder that affects muscle control and movement - the brain is left unable to control certain muscles in the body. The effects of cerebral palsy last a lifetime, though treatment can help.
Proper muscle tone allows our bodies to move in the way that we want them to. Cerebral palsy can make muscle tone in certain areas of the body too tight or too loose. As a result, children with cerebral palsy can have difficulty walking, talking, sitting, eating or simply playing. Their movements may be jerky or wobbly. They may not be able to move certain muscles at all.
The different types of cerebral palsy include:
- Spastic cerebral palsy - Muscles become too tight, resulting in stiff and jerky movements. This is the most common types of cerebral palsy.
- Ataxic cerebral palsy - There is poor muscle tone and coordination. A child with this type of cerebral palsy may have problems with balance and depth perception and appear unsteady and shaky.
- Athetoid (dyskinetic) cerebral palsy - Muscle tone is sometimes too tight and sometimes too loose. Children with this type of cerebral palsy have trouble remaining in a steady and upright position to sit or walk.
- Mixed cerebral palsy - Muscle tone is too tight in some muscles and too loose in others. People with this type of cerebral palsy can experience a combination of symptoms seen in other types.
Your child can be left with cerebral palsy if there was brain damage during pregnancy, labor or delivery. This brain damage is often the result of medical negligence. For example, a baby may have suffered oxygen deprivation because the doctor failed to properly monitor the baby's health or failed to take immediate action to prevent any harm. Or, there may have been brain damage because of the doctor's improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors.
Fighting for your child's rights
Doctors, other medical professional and hospitals often don't admit that they did anything wrong. Insurance companies stand by them, because they know there is a lot of money at stake. Meanwhile, you are left struggling to cover the costs of your child's treatment and care. If medical negligence caused your child's birth injury, you shouldn't have to pay.
Children with cerebral palsy often require lifelong care. They may need physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. Some may need surgery and medication. There can be multiple doctor visits over a child's lifetime. Some children will require special assistive devices to help them walk. Home modifications may also be needed.
An experienced Texas birth injury attorney can stand up to the doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and their lawyers on your behalf. Building a strong case that is focused on the facts gets the attention of insurance companies. A skilled attorney can often negotiate a settlement that meets your child's needs - or fight for your child in court.
You may not be sure if you have a case, or even know who you can talk to about it. That's why Help For Your Baby has created a free consultation service to help you get in touch with a Texas birth injury lawyer. There's no cost and no obligation. We just want you to have the information you need so you can decide what to do next.