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Cerebral Palsy

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Compassionate Calgary Cerebral Palsy Lawyers 

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder that affects the way the brain communicates with the muscle groups. It can affect a child’s ability to walk, eat, speak, or otherwise perform day-to-day tasks. Many parents incorrectly believe that cerebral palsy is a genetic condition only.  However, cerebral palsy can be caused by a brain injury resulting from a difficult birth or the negligence of a medical delivery team.

If you suspect your child’s cerebral palsy may have been a result of a birth injury, you may have grounds to pursue a medical malpractice claim. At Cuming & Gillespie we have more than 20 years of experience representing patients with cerebral palsy and their families. We have been recognized as a Leading Firm and Leading Lawyers by Lexpert.

We understand the deep impact cerebral palsy may have on the life of a child with the disorder and their family. Our compassionate and skilful team of medical malpractice lawyers works hard to ensure the maximum compensation is obtained to ease the financial strain that caring for an injured child can have.

Effects of Cerebral Palsy

Infants are at risk of cerebral palsy before, during, or immediately after birth. The severity of cerebral palsy falls on a very broad spectrum. In some cases, there are only slight tremors and poor coordination. In other cases, there is complete paralysis, including the inability to verbalize.

Cerebral palsy a non-progressive condition. This means that the damage caused at the time of birth will not result in further damage.  Despite cerebral palsy not getting progressively more degenerative, it has significant life-long implications affecting a person’s:

  • Body movement;
  • Posture;
  • Balance;
  • Motor functioning skills;
  • Muscle control, weakness and tone.

It is also considered an incurable and “non-life threatening” condition. With the right treatment and rehabilitation, children with cerebral palsy can live long and fulfilling lives.

Cerebral Palsy and Medical Negligence 

Complications during birth are responsible for approximately 10% of cerebral palsy cases. These complications can be the result of medical negligence during labour and delivery, infections, or accidents.

Negligence is not an easy thing to prove. An injured party must establish that the medical professionals treating them breached the standard of care that is required of them, and the breach of that standard resulted in the injury. While most children can cope with cerebral palsy, some will require around-the-clock care, physical therapy, rehabilitation, special education, counseling, medical supplies, and so on. The cost associated with this care can be astronomical, making compensation for negligence vitally important.

Experienced Lawyers Who Can Help You Recover Damages 

At Cuming & Gillespie, we have over 20 years of experience dealing with medical malpractice claims, including claims involving cerebral palsy. We know what to look for, what questions to ask, and how to build the strongest case that can maximize your compensation. We want to help make life a bit easier for you, and we work tirelessly to make sure we cover every angle and every outcome. Call us today at 403-571-0555 or online to book a free consultation.