Keep in mind during your research that not all cerebral palsy resources are unbiased and objective. Whether stated or not, the fact is that the injuries that lead to CP can be caused by improper care or medical negligence during your pregnancy or labor and delivery.
Cerebral Palsy Resources
Cerebral palsy resources include information centers, associations, hospitals, healthcare professionals and more. A cerebral palsy definition from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is: “a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture.” One of the most common cerebral palsy causes is lack of oxygen during labor or delivery or shortly after birth. When this situation is not responded to correctly, it’s considered medical negligence or improper care from a medical professional.
There are different classes of information centers online. One resource for cerebral palsy information is government information centers. Some examples of these include:
- The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
- The Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
- The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Another cerebral palsy resource on the Internet is the Pathways Awareness Foundation. Its mission is to encourage early detection and treatment. They publish a leaflet with a checklist you can use to see how your infant or toddler is developing. There are also associations that publish cerebral palsy statistics and other free information.
Cerebral Palsy Associations as Cerebral Palsy Resources
A Cerebral Palsy association, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is a cerebral palsy resource that is headquartered in Washington DC. Its national website has a button you can use to find your local branch where there are services to help you and your child.
The CDC estimates that the lifetime cost of care for a person with cerebral palsy is nearly $1 million. Nearly everyone could use help with expenses. Cerebral palsy resources for financial assistance include:
- Legal action leading to a financial settlement
- Social Security
- Some health insurance companies
- Social service agencies
- Private organizations
The Social Security Administration puts out a booklet to describe benefits for disabled children. People with CP often are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Adults who were disabled in childhood may get Social Security Disability Insurance. Cerebral palsy resources like United Cerebral Policy provide free education and support services. If your child’s disability was caused by medical negligence, taking legal action may lead to a financial settlement that would help supplement these financial cerebral palsy resources. It’s important to hold medical professionals accountable for negligent care. Doing so may help prevent the same thing from happening to another child.
Get Legal Help
Birth defect lawyers and birth injury lawyers prosecute medical negligence cases and can be important cerebral palsy resources as well. If your child's cerebral palsy is the result of medical neglect or improper care, talk to a nurse case manager at Sokolove Law today. Your nurse case manager will help you to think back to your experience before, during, and after your child's birth. You may deserve compensation for the medical errors that caused your child’s birth injury.