New Mexico Cerebral Palsy Attorneys
Learn If You May Be Able to File a Claim for Compensation to Help Your Family.
No parent wants to learn their baby has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Though these children can grow up to have fulfilling and happy lives, they will face many challenges along the way. As a parent, we know your first priority is keeping your child(ren) safe as they grow. This can be difficult when their health is dependent on expensive medical care that you don’t know how you’re going to afford.
Cerebral palsy can be treated, but there is no cure at this time. Our goal is to help you secure a settlement or award that will make it possible for your child to receive quality care for their entire life. Your child’s future is our primary concern, and we will use all our experience and resources to pursue maximum financial compensation.
At Bandas Law Firm, we offer a free initial consultation to talk about your case. We can answer your questions also offer helpful information related to the types of malpractice that may lead to such a serious diagnosis. Any negligent doctor or healthcare facility should be held accountable for its bad actions. We can work with you to make this possible.
To learn more, call (505) 393-6303. Our caring attorneys want to know how we can fight for you.
Cerebral Palsy: Causes & Treatment
Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe a group of neurological disorders that affect muscle coordination and body movement. The condition may range in severity from patient to patient, affecting movement and posture and sometimes also leading to intellectual disabilities, seizures, and other medical disorders.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cerebral palsy is estimated to occur in approximately 3.3 out of every 1,000 live births. It is caused by underdevelopment of or damage to the cerebral cortex, the region of the brain that directs muscle movement.
While a single, specific cause has not been widely recognized by the medical community, the following are potential causes of cerebral palsy that may be associated with medical malpractice:
- Lack of oxygen during labor or delivery
- Being pulled from the birth canal with too much force
- Vacuum or forceps injuries
- Prolonged labor (lasting 18 hours or more)
- Delayed C-section
- Improper fetal monitoring
Treatment for cerebral palsy may include medication, surgery, and supportive therapies to help a patient improve motor functions and communicate. This care can be extremely costly and may be required for the rest of your child’s life.
Frequent Questions Regarding Cerebral Palsy Birth Injuries
When Is Cerebral Palsy Diagnosed?
In some infants, the signs of cerebral palsy are noticeable in the first few months of life. However, some children are not diagnosed until they are 2 or older.
What Are the Types of Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy may be classified as one of four types:
- Spastic (stiff muscles)
- Dyskinetic (uncontrollable movement)
- Ataxic (balance and coordination difficulties)
- Mixed (a combination of two of the above)
Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common, affecting about 80% of patients with the condition. Of those who have mixed cerebral palsy, spastic-dyskinetic occurs more often than other combinations of symptoms.
How Is Cerebral Palsy Treated?
Cerebral palsy can be treated with a combination of medication and drugs. Some muscle relaxants may help reduce spasms and tension. Physical, occupational, and speech and language therapy can help children with cerebral palsy improve their skills, gain independence, and improve in school. For some children, recreational therapy—typically sports activities—can help develop a variety of skills and provide an emotional outlet.
We Can Help with Your Cerebral Palsy Case
We want to make sure your child is able to thrive—and we are here to help you pursue compensation, so they will be taken care of. Cerebral palsy can require extra health care and assistance, possibly for your child’s whole life. If this condition was caused by a negligent doctor, you have the right to file a suit. Bandas Law Firm is here to provide the legal advice you need.
Call our cerebral palsy attorneys at (505) 393-6303 to see how we may be able to help. We serve families from all parts of New Mexico.