Cerebral Palsy Attorneys
Sacramento, Fairfield and Bay Area
If your child was born with cerebral palsy, you are not alone; the Center for Disease Control reports that approximately 1 in 278 children suffer from the disorder. Under the laws governing birth injury cases, you may be entitled to compensation for the losses and expenses related to your child’s tragic birth injury. York Law Firm provides victims and their families with exceptional representation from a team of experienced cerebral palsy attorneys. Our lawyers serve Sacramento, Roseville, Elk Grove, Folsom, Fairfield and the Bay Area and the surrounding communities. As one of our clients, you can expect to be treated with compassion and courtesy as we aggressively pursue compensation from the party or parties responsible for your needless suffering.
The goal of the York Law Firm website is to offer a comprehensive bank of information where families of children with cerebral palsy can find the answers they need. For that reason, we’ve provided details on the topics below.
History of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy was first identified as a medical condition in the 1860s by orthopedic surgeon William John Little, who wrote about a disorder that affected children in their early years of life and caused stiff, spastic muscles and poorly developed motor skills. Sigmund Freud disputed Little’s claims that the condition was caused solely by oxygen deprivation, and instead suggested that the problem was rooted in the brain’s development in the womb. Find out more about the history of cerebral palsy.
Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is typically diagnosed during pregnancy, shortly after delivery, or in the first few years of a child’s life. A physician will examine your child’s physical and behavioral signs before diagnosing him or her with cerebral palsy. Early diagnosis is critical to obtaining the proper treatment and care.
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
Symptoms of cerebral palsy include slow development (e.g., delays in reaching developmental milestones such as rolling over, crawling, and talking) and impaired motor control, coordination, sight, and hearing.
Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is the result of brain damage or trauma; it can be congenital or acquired during the child’s first few years of life. If your child is born with cerebral palsy, it might be the result of a physician’s negligence, inexperience, or recklessness. Scenarios in which a physician puts the baby at risk for brain damage include the improper use of forceps or a vacuum extractor during delivery, failure to perform a timely C-section, and failure to identify or treat fetal distress. Read about the other causes of cerebral palsy.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy Treatment
Cerebral palsy cannot be cured; however, treatment can improve a child or adult’s quality of life, increase their strength and ability to perform tasks, and prevent complications. Cerebral palsy treatment will vary by each child’s particular needs and condition, and treatment plans can include physical, psychological, and behavioral therapy, as well as medications and even surgery.
Cerebral Palsy Life Expectancy
The life expectancy for an individual with cerebral palsy depends on the level of disability (e.g., the ability to self-feed, the level of motor function). Some individuals are able to live independent and full lives, while others require care and assistance for all activities of daily living. Learn more about the prognosis and life expectancy of individuals living with cerebral palsy.
Costs Associated with Cerebral Palsy
Individuals with cerebral palsy face considerable costs; they usually require long-term care and support services. They have high medical and non-medical costs, including physician visits, hospital stays, assistive devices, and other treatment expenses.
Cerebral Palsy Lawsuits
If your child’s condition is the result of a medical professional’s negligence, your family could be entitled to financial compensation help pay for medical costs, hospital and therapy bills, and other expenses.
Attorney Wendy York, a well-known Sacramento and Fairfield birth injury attorney, offers valuable information in the cerebral palsy lawsuit section of this website, including how to file a Cerebral Palsy claim, proving fault in a cerebral palsy case, and the stages of a case.
Cerebral Palsy Resources
It’s helpful for families of children and adults with cerebral palsy to have access to information and resources about the condition, treatment options, and local support groups.
Cerebral Palsy FAQs
Cerebral palsy is a complex disorder and the implications can be overwhelming. If you have more questions about cerebral palsy or the process of filing a birth injury lawsuit against a negligent medical professional, browse through our frequently asked questions page.
Contact Our Cerebral Palsy Attorneys
If your child acquired cerebral palsy as a result of the negligence of a healthcare professional, you should speak with a birth injury lawyer. Serving Sacramento, Roseville, Elk Grove, Folsom, Fairfield and the Bay Area, Wendy York and her team of legal professionals can help you determine whether you have a valid birth injury claim. We invite you to contact our practice or fill out a free case evaluation.
- History of Cerebral Palsy
- Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy
- Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
- Cerebral Palsy in Infants
- Causes of Cerebral Palsy
- Types of Cerebral Palsy
- Cerebral Palsy Treatment and Therapy for Children
- Cerebral Palsy Life Expectancy and Cost
- Filing a Cerebral Palsy claim, Liability, Legal Considerations and Recovering Damages
- Causes of Erb’s Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy