Trusted Oklahoma Cerebral Palsy Lawyers Who Fight for Newborns and Parents
Strong counsel for birth injury victims throughout the state
A diagnosis of cerebral palsy is devastating for parents and children. It is traumatic because often it could have been prevented if the medical team had used reasonable precautions. It is emotionally shocking because it means the child will have physical challenges often for the rest of his or her life. It is stressful because the cost of care can drain a family’s resources.
The Oklahoma cerebral palsy attorneys at the McAlester-based Stipe Law Firm have over 60 years of experience fighting for newborns and their parents. We want to help the child and his or her family get the best care possible to maximize the child’s potential. Our lawyers have gained the trust of families across Southeastern Oklahoma because we understand medical and legal issues and have a proven track record of successful settlements and verdicts. Our lawyers represent clients in Southeast Oklahoma and beyond.
What is cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy is often caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain during a newborn’s childbirth. It affects movement, coordination, and the muscles. Symptoms include rigid limbs and trunks, impaired posture, involuntary movements, exaggerated reflexes, and difficulty in walking. Difficulty in swallowing and reduced range of motion are also common.
Complications can include blindness, deafness, and epilepsy. There are variations of cerebral palsy, depending on the amount and severity of the oxygen loss. Other problems our Oklahoma cerebral palsy lawyers review are speech difficulties, tremors, difficulty eating, problems with muscle tone, and spasticity.
The different types of cerebral palsy are:
- Ataxic cerebral palsy. Depth perception and balance are affected.
- Athetoid cerebral palsy. This variant causes uncontrollable twists and squirms
- Spastic cerebral palsy. This is the most common type. It causes tight muscles and uncontrollable jerks.
- Mixed cerebral palsy. Some people have a combination of various types of cerebral palsy
How mistakes could be prevented and treated
There are many ways a doctor’s error can cause cerebral palsy. Lack of oxygen to the brain, asphyxia, is one cause. Fetal strokes, infant infections, and maternal infections are three other known preventable causes. Our Oklahoma cerebral palsy lawyers review each step of the delivery process to examine if the doctors properly checked for infections, the risks of stroke, the manner in which the newborn was delivered, and other medical issues.
Some of the maternal infections we review with doctors include rubella, chickenpox, cytomegalovirus, toxin exposure, and other causes of infection. Infantile infections we study include bacterial meningitis, viral encephalitis, and jaundice. Other an Oklahoma cerebral palsy lawyer investigates are premature births, breech births, multiple births, and low birth weight births.
Cerebral palsy is diagnosed through CT and MRI scans, neurological tests, blood tests, vision and hearing tests, and other examinations.
Treatments for cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy does not have a cure. There are treatments that can help depending on the type and severity of the disorder. Treatments include:
- Surgery to maximize muscle tone and development
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
Some of the doctors your child may need are a pediatrician, neurologist, orthopedic surgeon, physiatrist, speech pathologist, physical therapist, social worker, developmental therapist, and special education teacher. All of these medical providers can cost a fortune. We study how cerebral palsy and its complications can be treated so we can place a cost on the necessary medical care.
Our Oklahoma birth injury attorneys are ready to help secure your child’s future
At Stipe Law, our Oklahoma cerebral palsy attorneys have the experience you need. Our legal team is skilled at determining the cause of negligence and anticipating and defending the arguments of the opposing insurance companies and lawyers. Place your trust in our birth injury lawyers. We’re here to help your child get proper care and maximize his or her potential. Our Oklahoma birth injury attorneys are ready to get you through this tragic time. Learn how we can help you by calling 918-558-2255, or by filling out our contact form, to schedule a free consultation at our McAlester office today.