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Each year approximately 10,000 babies born in the United States develop cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement or coordination caused by an abnormality of the brain. It is a permanent and irreversible crippling condition affecting the central nervous system of an infant or a young child. More than 80% of people with cerebral palsy developed it either before they were born or before they were one month old. In many instances, the cause of the brain abnormality is unknown, however there are many ways in which the negligence of a hospital delivery team can cause cerebral palsy during the birth process.
About half of the people who have cerebral palsy need to use devices-such as braces, walkers, or wheel chairs-to help them get around, and almost 70% have other disabilities, primarily mental retardation. Depending on the severity of their disability, people with cerebral palsy may need assistive devices for various tasks, specialized medical care, educational and social services, and other help throughout their lives from both their families and communities. As such, recovering adequate damages in those cases where the condition is caused by negligence is vital. The highly specialized care, therapy, and the challenges of raising a child with cerebral palsy involve very substantial expenditures of money, and require an understanding of the condition, its limitations and demands, and love, patience, indulgence and perseverance on the part of the parents and all other members of the immediate family.
In cerebral palsy cases it is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, review the medical procedures in question, and to enable physicians or other expert witnesses to thoroughly evaluate the birth record and injuries. If you or a loved one is a victim of cerebral palsy, call The Law Office of Stephen R. Fine at (603) 668-2343 or Toll Free: 1-888-653-5020 or CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A FREE CASE REVIEW FORM. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we are willing to work an a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds.