World Cerebral Palsy Day
Today, Wednesday, October 7th, 50 countries and tens of thousands of individuals worldwide will celebrate World Cerebral Palsy Day 2015. World CP Day, an annual event held on the first Wednesday of October, brings together people with cerebral palsy, their families, and their supporting organizations. The day’s movements and events are sponsored and supported by a number of partnering countries and organizations, but primarily by the World Cerebral Palsy Initiative.
According to the World Cerebral Palsy Initiative, World Cerebral Palsy Day aims to “ensure that children and adults with cerebral palsy (CP) have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society.” Beyond supporting awareness of cerebral palsy, World Cerebral Palsy Day aims to celebrate the achievements of those with CP and their support systems, inspire inclusion in local, state, and national societies, catalyze social change, connect supporting organizations across the globe, increase access to education, improve quality of life, improve medical and therapeutic research and techniques, provide a stronger and more centralized voice for underrepresented individuals with CP, and more.
Before delving into more detailed information about birth injury and medical malpractice, it is important to understand exactly what cerebral palsy is and how cerebral palsy occurs. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a grouping of non-progressive motor conditions that result in physical disability in development. It is most commonly manifested in limitations to bodily movements. Cerebral palsy is caused by an injury or damage to the developing brain’s motor control areas.
Associated conditions and side effects of cerebral palsy vary based on the location of the brain injury, the severity of the brain injury, time of diagnosis, and amount of treatment and therapy received. Some common associated conditions and side effects of cerebral palsy include epilepsy and seizure disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), visual and hearing impairments, arthritis and muscular stiffness, postural and movement disturbances, learning disabilities, spasticity, behavioral disorders, ADD/ADHD, speech and language difficulties, feeding problems, pain, sleep disorders, and incontinence.
Cerebral Palsy, Birth Injury, and Medical Malpractice
The injury or brain damage that leads to cerebral palsy can happen in the womb during pregnancy, during or around the time of labor and delivery, or within the child’s life up to roughly the age of three. We list many of the causes and risk factors for cerebral palsy as they relate to medical malpractice and obstetrical mistakes in our infographic in the next section. Some of the many medical mistakes causing cerebral palsy include hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy / HIE (birth asphyxia, neonatal encephalopathy), intracranial hemorrhages (brain bleeds), C-section mistakes, poorly managed premature birth, nuchal cords and other umbilical cord complications, jaundice and kernicterus, forceps and vacuum extractors injuries, and Pitocin and Cytotec misuse.
Medical professionals are obligated to fully and accurately prevent, manage, treat, diagnose, and plan around any causes or risk factors for cerebral palsy. When a midwife, nurse, physician, or other medical professional fails to do so, it is medical negligence. When negligence results in an injury to the mother or baby, it is medical malpractice. If you or a loved one were permanently injured as the result of a preventable birth injury, we urge you to seek legal guidance as soon as possible.
World Cerebral Palsy Day Infographic
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For more information on cerebral palsy, birth injury, medical malpractice, or our Detroit, Michigan birth injury law firm, we encourage you to peruse the following resources, as well as the rest of our website. Please reach out to our team with any legal questions, concerns, or case inquiries you may have.
- Information about Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injuries
- Information about Our Detroit, Michigan Cerebral Palsy Attorneys and Birth Injury Law Firm
Legal Help for Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injury from Medical Malpractice | Detroit, Michigan Birth Injury Law Firm
Children with cerebral palsy often go on to require significant resources and lifestyle adjustments. Treatment, therapy, and everyday tasks become more time-consuming and expensive. At Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers, we believe that all children with CP from preventable birth injuries should have the funds, resources, and support they need to live lives of equal opportunity and well-being. Our Detroit, Michigan cerebral palsy attorneys fight tirelessly to help injured children and their families obtain compensation for their injuries and disabilities.
Reiter & Walsh, PC is one of the only law firms in the country that specifically takes birth injury cases. With over 50 years of joint experience in the field of birth injury litigation, our team of Detroit, Michigan cerebral palsy attorneys has the experience and skill necessary to win complex, multi-million dollar cases. Most of our cases involve cerebral palsy, infant brain damage, and HIE (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy).
To begin your free legal consultation, please reach out to the cerebral palsy attorneys at Reiter & Walsh, PC today. We are available to speak with you 24/7. In your free legal consultation, we will review your case, determine the negligent party, and inform you of your legal options. You may contact us in any of the following ways:
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