DuPage County Cerebral Palsy Attorneys
Birth Injury Lawyers Serving Chicago and Northern Illinois
Cerebral palsy is a condition that arises from brain or central nervous system damage, most often during childbirth. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), cerebral palsy affects roughly one out of every 323 children, making it the most common childhood motor disability. If you have a child that suffers from cerebral palsy or a similar condition, it is important to speak with an experienced birth injuries lawyer so you understand your rights.
For over 40 years, the award-winning attorneys at Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices have successfully represented clients for cerebral palsy injury cases throughout the Chicago area. We have an in-depth understanding of the complexities of birth injuries and other types of medical malpractice cases, and we know what it takes to hold responsible parties fully accountable for their negligence. We are skilled litigators inside the courtroom and strong negotiators outside of court, and we put our experience to work to aggressively advocate for the interests of our clients.
Our lawyers are honest, compassionate, approachable, and accessible. We understand that when your child suffers from cerebral palsy, it takes a major emotional and financial toll on the family, and we believe the last thing you need is additional stress over the legal process. We offer free consultations from 5 area offices, extended evening and weekend hours for your convenience, and we respond quickly to all client questions and concerns. We also take all our personal injury cases on a contingency basis, so you never have to pay upfront attorney fees to receive the experienced representation you deserve.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a general medical condition that manifests itself in several ways. The four main types of CP are:
- Spastic: The majority of cases fall into this category. Spastic cerebral palsy is caused by a lesion in the brain that permanently damages the nerves, leading to neuromuscular mobility impairment. This condition can affect nearly every area of the body and symptoms include jerky, erratic movements, and difficulty relaxing muscles.
- Athetoid/Dyskinetic: Damage to the areas of the brain that control reflexes, coordination and involuntary movements can cause muscles to become too tense or too loose. Symptoms of athetoid cerebral palsy include difficulty walking or holding yourself upright.
- Ataxic: This condition occurs when there is damage to the cerebellum, leading to difficulty with muscle movements, balance, and coordination.
- Mixed: Damage to different parts of the brain can lead to multiple impairments that vary in symptoms and severity.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is usually a result of multiple factors that occur during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or shortly after birth. Some of the leading causes of cerebral palsy include:
- Maternal or fetal infections (such as toxoplasmosis or rubella);
- Excessive use of labor induction medications;
- Deprivation of oxygen to the brain during pregnancy, labor or childbirth;
- Excessive use of a forceps or vacuum extractor during labor;
- Untreated post-delivery brain infections;
- Excessive exposure to brain-damaging toxins or chemicals; and
- Other forms of severe head trauma.
Though cerebral palsy is non-progressive and does not get worse over time, it is a permanent condition from which there is no known cure. CP is managed by employing various therapies and using adaptive devices. Surgeries may also be necessary. The ongoing medical bills can put a major burden on the family of a child with cerebral palsy. This is why it is important to perform a thorough investigation to determine if a hospital, doctor, nurse, or other medical professional is at fault. If you have a child that has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, contact Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices today at 630-932-9100630-932-9100 for a free consultation with one of our skilled birth injury attorneys.