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Seeking a Cerebral Palsy Attorney

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 15th, 2010

A cerebral palsy attorney is one who has experience and expertise in handling birth injury cases. While infants do sometimes suffer injuries through natural causes, there are instances where medical negligence of one sort or another is the clear and obvious cause of those injuries. In those cases, the parents may be able to file a lawsuit to recover financial damages for their pain, suffering and the sometimes astronomical costs that come with treating the results of this type of injury. This condition never improves. It is not degenerative, however.

Baby brain damage that involves the supply of oxygen being cut sometimes results in cerebral palsy. There are several different types of cerebral palsy, including dyskinetic cerebral palsy and ataxic cerebral palsy. In some cases, a child may be affected by more than one form of this disorder and, in those cases, the symptoms may be more severe. This disorder may or may not include the following symptoms:

  • Trouble walking
  • Trouble with balance
  • Stiffness or looseness of the muscles
  • Diminished metal development/intelligence
  • Trouble with fine motor skills
  • Speech impediments
  • Hearing difficulties


In some cases, the baby injury may result in symptoms so severe that care in an institution is the only way to provide for the needs of the child. In others, patients who suffer this injury lead largely normal, happy lives and have the benefit of their full mental capacities. Most often, people who suffer this injury fall somewhere in between these two extremes; requiring some complex and expensive medical care, but being more or less able to function in everyday life. Many of them will require dedicated care, however, and that can become very expensive over time and, without it, the affected individual may have no chance at a normal life.

A cerebral palsy lawyer can help put together a case. There is no guarantee that you’ll win financial compensation, but a free consultation with such an attorney is a good way to find out if it’s worth it to move forward with filing a lawsuit. In some cases, you’ll have to go to court and seek a jury award. In others, you’ll be offered a settlement and won’t have to go into a courtroom at all. In either case, there are attorneys who will pursue these claims on contingency, meaning that their getting paid is entirely dependent upon them winning your claim.

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