How does Botox treatment work for children with CP?

For over many years, Botox injection has been among the many treatment options for children suffering from cerebral palsy. It contains Botulinum toxin type A, a type of bacterial toxin that has proven to be effective in improving muscle movement among children with cerebral palsy.

Because cerebral palsy is associated with abnormal muscle contraction due to the brain’s defective stimulation of muscle nerves, Botulinum toxin type A restricts the muscles’ ability to receive nerve signals. Children with CP who suffer from dangerous muscle spasms and contractions might be able to benefit from this kind of treatment every 3-6 months.

However, Botox treatment can be especially expensive and possibly risky in some cases. If your child’s cerebral palsy was the result of a medical malpractice you should work to receive compensation from negligent parties. If you believe your child’s CP has been a result of another party’s negligence, consult our legal team at Driscoll Firm by calling (800) 900-7704 today.

When a c-section is necessary

Although cesarean delivery is usually performed as an emergency surgery during unforeseen, dangerous birth situations, doctors may plan a scheduled cesarean section if they believe the baby’s pre-natal conditions would make normal delivery more difficult, critical, and even life-threatening.

Mothers of breech babies, or babies whose position is not in a head down presentation, will most likely need c-section to prevent the risk of interfering with the baby’s oxygen supply at birth. Most breech babies can be detected at 37 weeks of pregnancy. Placental rupture, umbilical cord stricture, a low-lying placenta, and the presence of infection may also all be considered possible reasons for a cesarean delivery.

There are instances, however, when medical practitioners fail to properly detect the manifestations that prompt the need to plan for a cesarean delivery. This might eventually result to the infant being starved of oxygen at birth, which may ultimately lead to several health complications, including cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is a life-long condition that can sadly be a complication of a medical practitioner’s failure or delay in performing c-section when necessary. To hold the responsible party accountable for your child’s medical condition, consult with a cerebral palsy attorney at the Driscoll Firm by calling (800) 305-9800 today.

Surgical options for cerebal palsy

Children with cerebral palsy (CP) may experience symptoms that can greatly limit mobility, cause pain, and pose great health risks. When these symptoms cannot be managed by any non-invasive treatment, such as medications and physical therapies, surgery might be considered an option.

Surgery for individuals with CP varies greatly on the challenges each individual child faces. It might be performed to ease muscle stiffness and spasms, increase mobility, treat potentially dangerous spinal curves, prevent dislocation of the hips, or correct uneven limb length. Surgery may also be performed to help facilitate the administration of medicines. Baclofen pumps, for instance, are inserted underneath the skin of a child’s belly to administer a muscle relaxant into the fluid around the spine.

There are instances, however, when these invasive CP surgeries have caused greater harm than good. If your child’s situation has deteriorated after undergoing a surgery associated with treatment for CP, consult a dedicated and experienced cerebral palsy surgical error lawyer at the Driscoll Firm for the possibility of getting compensated by the negligent party involved. Call us at (800) 305-9800 today.

How medical malpractice can cause cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is a condition characterized by involuntary muscle movements, abnormal posture, impaired reflexes, and instability when doing normal body functions, such as walking. Unfortunately, medical malpractice is known as one of the most common causes of this life-long medical condition.

Some of the most common negligent acts by medical staff that may result in cerebral palsy are:

  • Failure to address the mother’s health conditions, such as meningitis and hypertension
  • Forceful use of delivery forceps
  • Too much use of Ventouse during vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery
  • Failure to immediately remove the child from the birth canal, causing shortage of oxygen
  • Failure to detect umbilical cord prolapse, which might constrict the flow of blood to the baby’s head

Our legal team at The Driscoll Firm knows how financially and emotionally draining it can be to deal with the life-long repercussions of cerebral palsy. However, when it is caused by medical malpractice, it may be possible to hold the medical professional responsible for related expenses.  Talk with us about taking legal action if your child has cerebral palsy by calling (800) 900-7704.

Kaiser enters a multi-million dollar settlement for birth injury claim

According to a news report, Kaiser agreed to pay $4.1 million on February 7 in a San Francisco County Superior Court to settle a lawsuit filed against them over alleged negligence resulting in delayed delivery.

Dolores Lee, the guardian of a seven-year old boy who has cerebral palsy, developmental delay and epilepsy, stated in her claim that the hospital’s negligence during his great grandson’s delivery caused him to develop several birth injuries that has led him to be dependent for all his daily functions.

The attorneys at The Driscoll Firm believe families who have been affected by cerebral palsy as a result a medical practitioners’ negligence deserve compensation and justice. To learn more about the possibility of pursuing legal action and seeking financial compensation if you are dealing with such a situation, call us at (800) 900-7704 today.

Australian scientists research risk factors for cerebral palsy and infant death

Scientists from the National Institutes of Health and various Australian universities, headed by National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke scientist emeritus Karin Nelson, have researched certain risk factors that presumably cause cerebral palsy and early mortality in babies.

The scientists’ studies found out that many cases of cerebral palsy have originated from asphyxial birth events (situations during labor and delivery that can possibly interfere with the oxygen’s travel to the newly-born infant’s brain), inflammation (infection signs), birth defects, and unhealthy fetal growth (includes low birth weight or unnaturally small infant size).

Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects body movement and muscle coordination, usually involving dyskinesia or uncontrollable writhing movements, and spastic quadriplegia, which is characterized by severe limb stiffness.

Our lawyers at The Driscoll Firm work to help families whose babies have developed cerebral palsy due to a medical professional’s negligence get the financial compensation they need alleviate the burdens caused by this disorder. Call (800) 900-7704 today to find out how we can help you.

Hospital liable in cerebral palsy birth complication

A hospital recently admitted liability in the case of a boy with cerebral palsy caused by complications of his birth.

Daniel Spencer sustained brain damage when he was deprived of oxygen while his mother was suffering placental abruption during the delivery at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in 2001. The dispute was focused on the fact that Daniel was delivered 33 minutes after the complications were understood, whereas the average time is only 15 minutes and an expert said six minutes would have been enough time for him.

Rather than going to trial, the family agreed to the hospital paying 75 percent of the full liability, which is still to be determined.

Regrettably, many families, such as the Spencers, undergo the pain and suffering that accompany cerebral palsy at the hands of negligent medical professionals all too often. Our attorneys at The Driscoll Firm know that facing such a situation can be difficult and overwhelming, but are here to help you should your child be suffering this disorder due to another’s reckless actions. Call (800) 900-7704 to discuss your legal options today.

Substandard medical care blamed for baby’s cerebral palsy

A Palm Beach County couple recently filed charges against St. Mary’s Medical Center and it’s staff, claiming her baby has cerebral palsy due to substandard medical care given to the mother while she was a patient there.

The hospital and its staff are facing a birth injury lawsuit due to the mother’s baby sustaining brain damage which led to cerebral palsy due to the delay of performing a C-section on the mother. According to the complaint, the mother also suffered allergies from a de-clotting drug given to her after a blockage was found in the mother’s IV tube.

The parents of the injured baby now seek damages for the baby’s cerebral palsy and related medical expenses.

Sadly, far too many children like this infant develop cerebral palsy as a result of a medical professional’s negligence. At the Driscoll Firm, our legal team works to help families in such a situation obtain the compensation and justice they need after being subjected to such treatment. Call (800) 900-7704 to speak with a representative about your situation.

Scottish Girl to Fly to St. Louis for Cerebral Palsy Treatment

A 5-year-old girl who was badly mishandled by erring midwives during her birth is seeking an operation in the U.S.

Unable to stand by herself, and with only a six-word vocabulary, young Jessica Penny of Rutherglen, Scotland flew to St. Louis, Missouri on Friday with her parents to undergo an operation to address the effects of cerebral palsy. Jessica was starved of oxygen and suffered significant drops in her heart rate during her birth. Jessica’s parents, Lynne and Colin Penny, were able to raise £85, 000 for the highly-specialized operation, called a dorsal rhizotomy, which is a spinal surgery that will hopefully be able to reverse some of cerebral palsy’s effects.

Jessica’s mother described the errors of the responsible midwives as “assault.” Her daughter was left needing constant care while she herself had to seek counseling and be put on anti-depressants.

If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you believe that medical negligence is to blame, contact the cerebral palsy lawyers of the Driscoll Firm, today by calling (800) 900-7704.

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a condition that causes physical and sometimes mental disability to individuals. It affects the brain and the nervous system and is a non-progressive illness.

However, cerebral palsy is a chronic condition, as there is no cure, and different treatment options are available for different stages of the condition. As a child with cerebral palsy continues to grow and develop, the damage to the brain will pose various problems and symptoms associated with the cerebral palsy diagnosis. Overall, there are three different types of this condition: athetoid, ataxic, and spastic.

This disorder can develop during childbirth, directly after birth, and also up until the age of three. A majority of cerebral palsy cases are the result of hospital negligence to some degree.

If your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice, please contact the cerebral palsy birth injury lawyers of the Driscoll Firm by calling 800-305-9800 today.

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