Nine-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy Awarded For Damages

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

The Salisbury Journal has run a story about nine-year-old Thomas Young, a child born with cerebral palsy as a result of medical error. Young has been awarded a settlement in a case against the hospital. You can read more about the case on our blog. Remember, it is important that you contact a cerebral palsy attorney if you suspect medical error may be the cause of your child's cerebral palsy.

Cool-Cap System May Prevent Cerebral Palsy

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

An innovative technology called the Olympic Cool-Cap System may prevent or reduce the severity of neurological injury in infants who suffered from decreased blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Cooling the brain in this manner may interrupt a series of events that often result in brain damage or death. This is wonderful news, as decreased blood flow and oxygen to the brain is a frequent cause of seizures, cognitive issues and cerebral palsy.

Discovery Could Help Prevent Cerebral Palsy

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 24th, 2008

A landmark discovery in the field of cerebral palsy research and treatment was made at the Darby Children's Research Institute in South Carolina recently. Childhood disease expert Dr. Inderjot Singh discovered that a medicine commonly used to treat acetaminophen poisoning also appears to protect unborn babies' developing brains from inflammation exposure.

For more information about cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that among other complications, affects movement and muscle coordination, visit

Coroner: Baby's Death Related to Neglect at Birth

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 14th, 2008

Ellis Hurndall was born with brain damage and cerebral palsy, and later died of pneumonia. Now his parents are seeking legal action against the hospital for neglect during and immediately after an emergency Caesarean section. Amanda Hurndall's uterus ruptured, cutting of oxygen supply to the baby. Ellis was resuscitated at birth, but was left with the severe disabilities that according to the coroner, would later contribute to his untimely death at only 10 months.

Association Builds Awareness of Birth-Related Cerebral Palsy

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 5th, 2008

In an effort to build awareness that Cerebral Palsy or brain damage may result from lack of medical attention at birth, the Physiotherapists Association of Malawi (PAM) recently held a course on assessment and management of children with Cerebral Palsy. Held in Malawi, the two-week course was for practicing physiotherapists, rehabilitation technicians and occupational therapists from different institutions across the country.

Cerebral Palsy Prevalence Increases

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 5th, 2008

An average of 3.6 per 1000 8-year old children (or 1 in every 278) is affected by Cerebral Palsy, an increase from previous estimates of 1 in 666.

A study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Reaching for the Stars; A Foundation of Hope for Children With Cerebral Palsy reported that Cerebral Palsy is more prevalent in children than pediatric cancer, Down syndrome, and hearing and vision loss. Affecting more than 800,000 Americans, Cerebral Palsy is the most common cause of motor disability in childhood.

Cerebral Palsy and Other Birth Defects Linked to Indomethacin

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 5th, 2007

According to new research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Indomethacin, a drug used to stop pre-term labor, could actually cause birth injuries such as brain damage, including cerebral palsy, as well as intestinal problems in infants. Indomethacin affects blood flow to the fetus, which has been known, but the possible dangers haven't been fully studied. This new study, conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center, is the first to take an in-depth look at the health consequences of indomethacin use in premature babies.

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