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Mother Creates Adapted Skateboard for Son with Cerebral Palsy

A young boy living with cerebral palsy had always wanted to skateboard, but could not do so independently due to mobility restrictions. So, the boy’s mother built and attached a secure frame to a skateboard, which enabled her son to visit a skate park for the first time.

Are there Assistive Devices for Children with Cerebral Palsy?

Yes. Assistive devices and equipment for children with cerebral palsy can help to improve mobility, independence, and quality of life. Mobility devices for cerebral palsy include orthotic devices, crutches, canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. For individuals who struggle with communication, speech-generating devices help to connect them with family, friends, and their environment. High tech communication devices also allow individuals to translate skills they have, such as eye gaze, into language. These devices can be used to help children with cerebral palsy in school, in social situations, and in everyday life.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage and is described as an impairment of the body’s ability to control movement and posture. It is one of the most serious birth injuries that may occur as a result of medical malpractice. The condition is often caused by a lack of oxygen and blood flow to a baby’s brain during labor and delivery, known as hypoxia-ischemia

How Do I Know if My Child Has Cerebral Palsy?

Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common form of the condition, characterized by exaggerated reflexes, increased muscle tone, stiffor jerky movements, muscle tightness, and joint stiffness. The most noticeable early symptoms of spastic cerebral palsy are developmental delays in movement, including difficulties rolling over, sitting up, crawling, standing, and walking. People with the condition also may have involuntary movements due to damage to the motor cortex of the brain. 

A birth injury lawyer can help you determine if you have a birth injury claim, so please call us at 877-262-9767 for a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation, which may help to cover medical bills to get your child the treatment he or she needs.

 

G&E’s Director of Birth Injury Named to Illinois Super Lawyers 2020

G&E Birth Injury Attorney and Director, Lisa Weinstein, has been selected for inclusion to Super Lawyers’ list of 2020 Top Rated Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Chicago, IL. The list recognizes only 5% of attorneys in each state. Ms. Weinstein has been selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for the past nine years.

Study: Imagining Grasping May Improve Hand Function in Children with Unilateral Cerebral Palsy

A new study suggests that children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy (one side of the body affected by movement disorder) have the ability to imagine a motor action, such as grasping, without actually moving both hands. The mental simulation of a motor action without producing any overt movement is known as Motor Imagery (MI). These findings suggest that employing Motor Imagery training during rehabilitation therapy could improve upper limb and hand motor functions.

Researchers assessed a group of boys and girls, ages 9 to 14, with upper limb motor deficits, but no major cognitive impairments. The children were asked to hit a button to start timing their task. They then were told to grasp a small plastic sphere placed at one of three different distances with either hand and place it into a container, before hitting the button again to end the task. The children were then asked to imagine performing the task again using their non-preferred hand.

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) showed activation in the affected brain hemisphere during imagination of grasping movements, which substantiates the scientists’ view that Motor Imagery ability for grasping actions could be preserved in children with unilateral cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is a permanent, non-progressive condition that is often caused by a lack of oxygen and blood flow to a baby’s brain during labor and delivery, also known as hypoxia-ischemia. Characteristics associated with cerebral palsy may include reduced muscle tone, developmental delays, dragging feet, and walking on tip-toes.

Individuals diagnosed with cerebral palsy often participate in various, extensive forms of therapies designed to help them achieve their fullest cognitive, emotional and physical potential.

Cerebral palsy is a serious birth injury that may occur as a result of medical malpractice. If your child is affected by cerebral palsy as a result of malpractice, call us at 877-262-9767 to discuss your situation.

September: Sepsis Awareness Month

Throughout the month of September, individuals, hospitals, healthcare professionals, and organizations raise awareness for sepsis, a life-threatening condition that causes nearly 270,000 deaths per year in the United States.

As part of the Get Ahead of Sepsis campaign, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  sponsored the creation of educational materials to underline the importance of early sepsis detection and preventative measures.

Children younger than one are at higher risk of developing sepsis. Symptoms include a high heart rate, fever, shivering, clammy skin, shortness of breath and extreme pain.

During delivery, a neonate may be exposed to an infection in the birth canal, known as Group B streptococcus (also called Group B strep or GBS). GBS can lead to neonatal sepsis, a critical condition whereby a baby develops an infection in their bloodstream, causing serious birth injuries such as brain damage, cerebral palsy, tissue damage, and/or organ failure. Failure to diagnose or to treat sepsis in a timely manner can result in the loss of life.

If you believe your baby suffered from sepsis during labor or delivery, please contact our expert birth injury lawyers for help. Call us at 877-262-9767 to discuss your situation.

Study: Mediterranean diet decreases risk of developing gestational diabetes by 35%

According to new research, pregnant women at high risk for developing gestational diabetes who adopt a Mediterranean diet decrease their risk of developing the condition by 35%. Furthermore, women following this diet also gained less weight. The study compared pregnant women following the Mediterranean diet to those who didn’t change their eating habits.

The Mediterranean diet calls for a high intake of nuts, extra virgin olive oil, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish, and the elimination of sugary drinks, fast food, and food rich in animal fat. These foods have been shown to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular complications in non-pregnant population, but have not previously been studied in pregnant women on such a large scale.

“This is the largest study in pregnancy to show that Mediterranean diet minimizes the risk of gestational diabetes and weight gain,” said Shakila Thangaratinam, senior author of the study and a researcher at Queen Mary University of London.

Gestational diabetes is a version of diabetes that initially appears during pregnancy when a mother’s body is not able to effectively use insulin to move glucose from the blood into the cells, causing an excess of glucose in the blood. Risks that accompany the condition include cephalopelvic disproportion, very low blood glucose levels in the baby after birth, and fetal macrosomia. Fetal macrosomia, a medical term used to describe a large baby, can lead to further complications such as shoulder dystocia, instrumental delivery by forceps or vacuum, birth by caesarian section, and other issues. Babies that are too large to be born vaginally may experience complications if a trial of labor is attempted, including a loss of fetal oxygenation and subsequent hypoxic-ischemic injury.

If you developed gestational diabetes during your pregnancy and you or your baby were injured during the labor and delivery process, please contact our skilled and caring birth injury lawyers at 877-262-9767.

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The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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