Child Injury Resource

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 7th, 2009

We recently came across a blog that has some great resources for helping children who have been injured.  Jim Dodson out of Florida put it together and you can find it here at

The Rasansky Law Firm is an aggressive advocate for children and it's nice to see that we have a like-minded brother in Florida.


Empowering Kids with Cerebral Palsy

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 30th, 2009

Children who suffer from cerebral palsy will encounter many significant hurdles throughout their lives. Challenges for kids with CP generally involve difficulty performing basic functions such as speaking, moving and eating. This is mainly because of the substantial damage that is often caused to the tendons, nerves, muscles and bones. Kids with cerebral palsy are also more prone to mental retardation. However, all but the most severely affected children have the potential to enjoy a rather satisfying life despite their condition. 

Living with CP: Real Life Stories of Inspiration

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 24th, 2009

Born in Puyallup, Washington, Ryan Buckley was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a seizure disorder and multiple developmental deficiencies at birth. As you can imagine, these conditions make every single day very difficult for him to manage. However, that has not stopped young Ryan from exploring life and all it has to offer. His determination and passion for life have been a true inspiration to all those around him. Today, Ryan loves music and baseball among many other joys that make living with CP much easier. 

How Is Umbilical Cord Clamping Damaging?

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 18th, 2009

Umbilical cord clamping varies widely internationally – for instance, 17 percent of babies in Denmark versus 90 percent of babies in France undergo cord clamping. However, according to Science Daily, “clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord should be delayed for three minutes after birth.”

What Are the Latest Treatments in CP?

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 12th, 2009

Although cerebral palsy is an unfortunate disease, luckily for cerebral palsy patients, science is constantly developing new treatments that can help people with this affliction. One of the newest treatments available is stem cell therapy.

Just what are stem cells?

Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the ability to differentiate into different specialized cells that include bone cells, muscle cells, skin cells and so on. Stem cells can come from both embryos and adult tissue.

According to Xcell-Center, the majority of the cerebral palsy patients are injected with stem cells in the cerebrospinal fluid – and the stem cells are in turn transported to the brain. There is also a newer procedure available that directly implants the stem cells directly in the brain.

Success Story

Dr. David Steenblock from Mission Viejo, California discovered firsthand that a 16-year-old girl with cerebral palsy made significant improvements after stem cell therapy. As MedicalNewsToday reports: “The patient had right side paralysis and spasticity since birth. Five hours after the raw bone marrow infusion, she was able to move her right toe for the first time in her life. That evening, she was able to walk. Within three weeks, she was also able to move her fingers on her right hand and hold a cup for the first time.”

What Is Brachioplexus?

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 11th, 2009

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines brachioplexus as damage to the network of nerves that conduct signals from a person’s spine, arms, hand and shoulder area. This group of nerves is called the brachial plexus. The Institute further explains that these injuries can result due to tumors, inflammation or shoulder trauma. Usually with babies, brachioplexus happens when a baby’s shoulder becomes stretched during passage from the birth canal. The baby’s shoulder might get stuck under the mother's pelvic bone thereby causing traction. The Brachial Plexus Palsy Foundation states that Brachial Plexus palsy is actually more common than down syndrome and cerebral palsy. Brachioplexus occurs three times in every 1,000 births, compared to CP with two in 1,000 and down syndrome with one in 1,000. The Brachial Plexus Palsy Foundation states that evidence of such an injury will be noticeable immediately. The child’s arm will appear to be fully or partially paralyzed. In some cases, the child may show signs of Horner's Syndrome which involves a droopy eyelid. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke further says that the full extent of a brachioplexus injury depends on the type of damage that is done to the nerves.

What Is Preeclampsia and How Serious Is It?

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 5th, 2009

Preeclampsia is a potentially serious issue occurring during pregnancy, which can lead to serious birth injuries including cerebral palsy.
According to, preeclampsia is a pregnancy disorder characterized by a combination of high blood pressure and excess protein in one’s urine, often occurring at around the 20th week of gestation.
Between five and eight percent of pregnancies in the U.S. will be complicated by preeclampsia. This condition usually occurs in the last four or five months of pregnancy and involves a swift rise in the mother’s blood pressure. If left untreated or not monitored correctly, preeclampsia can cause very serious risks for the mother and severe birth injury for the baby.
There are certain groups of women who are more prone to developing preeclampsia, including women who are pregnant for the first time, pregnant women over 40 or under 20, multiple births, women with a family history of preeclampsia (or those who have experienced it in previous pregnancies), those with diabetes, those with existing high blood pressure or kidney disease, and those who are overweight.
Protein in the urine and swollen hands, ankles, and feet are common markers. In more complex cases, there are often vision disturbances, abdominal pain, and severe swelling.

What Is Caput Succedaneum?

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 2nd, 2009

Caput Succedaneum is amongst the most commonly ignored birth injuries. Often called Caput, it is essentially hemorrhaging of the scalp among newborns, usually found in headfirst delivery (i.e. vertex birth).

You should be particularly aware of Caput Succedaneum since it is often wrongly described as a “pregnancy-related complication.” Caput is a critical form of scalp bruising that can be caused by medical negligence. The inability to identify Caput early can lead to serious complications such as jaundice that often prove life threatening for newborns.

What Is Spastic Diplegia?

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 30th, 2009

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of nine different nervous disorders that affects motor control in an individual. Cerebral Palsy, itself, is caused by damage to the brain.

What are the Symptoms of Mild Cerebral Palsy?

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 27th, 2009

While cerebral palsy, in general, refers to a group of nervous disorders that affects motor control in individuals, mild cerebral palsy specifically refers to a type of cerebral palsy where there is only slight impairment. In this type of disease, the brain damage is simply not that severe. In fact, the symptoms of cerebral palsy in these types of cases may not even be that recognizable.

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