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Study: Kids with Cerebral Palsy at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems

In a new study published in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, results indicate that children with cerebral palsy are at greater risk for developing mental health issues. Researchers at the University of Michigan studied physical activity, sleep, and pain levels in over 100 children (ages 6-17) with cerebral palsy, and nearly 30,000 children without the disorder. The study concluded that the chances of having a mental health disorder such as anxiety, depression, or behavioral problems were higher in children with cerebral palsy. For example, the study notes that anxiety and behavioral problems were 3.8 times higher in children with cerebral palsy compared to children without the condition.

If your child is affected by cerebral palsy as a result of malpractice, call us at 877-262-9767 to discuss your situation.

University of Delaware Students Build Toy Cars for Children with Disabilities

The University of Delaware’s Assistive Medical Technology Club joined forces with Newark, Delaware city employees to refit toy cars for local children with disabilities. The group modified battery powered toy vehicles to be controlled by a large red button on the steering wheel, rather than a pedal. These cars will help children with conditions such as cerebral palsy enjoy free play while encouraging muscle tone development and coordination skills. Other toy vehicles were adjusted to allow children to practice standing and walking, by supporting them in an upright position. All cars were outfitted with secure harnesses and padding to allow for safe play.

If your child is affected by cerebral palsy as a result of malpractice, call us at 877-262-9767 to discuss your situation.

Personalized Strength Training May Help Children with Cerebral Palsy

A new 6-week study assessed the effects of lower limb strength training in children with cerebral palsy. The exercises included those for the hip abductors (which play an important role in stabilization), knee extensors, and ankle plantar flexors. Results suggest that this kind of therapy increases isometric joint strength and dynamic strength. However, due to the variety of mobility outcomes in the study, researchers suggest that personalized therapy may be most effective for children with cerebral palsy.

If your child is affected by cerebral palsy as a result of malpractice, call us at 877-262-9767 to discuss your situation.

Rugby Cleats Raise $29,000 for Cerebral Palsy

A pair of rugby boots worn by Irish rugby star Johnny Sexton during a high-stakes match raised €25,500 ($29,000) at auction, with proceeds benefitting an eight-year-old Irish girl with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. The 2018 World Player of the Year wore the shoes when he kicked the goal that allowed Ireland to defeat France. Sexton’s donation sold for approximately $17,600, and the bidder then donated an additional €11,400.

If your child is affected by cerebral palsy as a result of malpractice, call us at 877-262-9767 to discuss your situation.

New Research May Help Improve Walking in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Eleven children with cerebral palsy, ages 7–16, participated in a study to analyze step errors. On the right leg, all participants wore a load cell – a transducer that creates an electrical signal to convert force into a measurable electrical output. This provided three types of force perturbations (disturbances of motion) to the child while walking on a treadmill. Two custom-designed 3D sensors placed on each leg recorded the child’s gait. Researchers concluded that the brain attempts to adjust motor commands to reduce the discrepancy between predicted and actual leg movements, leading to aftereffects such as taking larger steps. These findings may be used to develop a robotic training mechanism designed to improve walking function of children with cerebral palsy.

If your child is affected by cerebral palsy as a result of malpractice, call us at 877-262-9767 to discuss your situation.

Director Lisa Weinstein Selected to America’s Top 100 Attorneys®

Lisa Weinstein, leader of G&E’s birth injury litigation group, has been selected for the Lifetime Achievement award by America’s Top 100 Attorneys®. The honor is bestowed upon only 100 attorneys in each state—less than 0.5% of active attorneys in the United States. Ms. Weinstein is recognized for her accomplishments and impact on the legal profession over the course of her career, representing children and families in birth injury litigation.

If your child suffered a birth injury, you may be able to bring a claim for medical malpractice against the professionals responsible for causing harm. Contact us at 877-262-9767 for a free consultation.

NFL Spotlights Player with Erb’s Palsy in My Cause, My Cleats Campaign

New England Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn faces some challenges on the field due to Erb’s Palsy, a brachial plexus injury he sustained at birth. Brachial plexus injuries can cause weakness, numbness and loss of motion due to nerve damage in the neck, and may require extensive physical therapy to treat. During Week 13 of football season, Clayborn and 800 other NFL players displayed important causes on their cleats as part of the My Cause, My Cleats campaign. Clayborn hopes that kids who sustained similar injuries will be comforted by the fact that they aren’t alone. Through social media, players are bringing awareness to a multitude of charitable organizations and causes using the hashtag #mycausemycleats.

If you suspect that your child has suffered a brachial plexus injury, please contact us at 877-262-9767.

Congress Encouraged to Pass Maternal Health Bill

More than 80 organizations have teamed up to urge US Congress to support Senate-approved legislation that would create maternal mortality review committees (MMRCs) throughout the country. MMRCs would help health care providers better understand the complications that lead to maternal death, and identify possible solutions to prevent such tragedies. “The legislation will accelerate progress toward ensuring that every state has a high-functioning process for identifying the causes of maternal mortality and working across communities to implement solutions,” a letter sent to congressional leaders stated. The US is reportedly the most dangerous place in the developed world to give birth, which explains the strong support for this bill from organizations around the country.

Skiing with Cerebral Palsy

Through the Adaptive Sports Foundation, children with cerebral palsy are able to participate in winter athletic activities like skiing. Engaging in a new activity such as skiing requires children to use their bodies in a new way, reinforcing physical therapy goals and promoting mobility and activity

Last ski season, the Adaptive Sports Academy organized trips for children with physical disabilities in the greater New York City area. “Children with physical disabilities put a lot of effort and planning into moving their bodies; therefore adaptive activities such as skiing, are a way for them to challenge themselves, even if it means making modifications and adaptations to meet their goals,” said Lorene Janowski, an occupational therapist who attended the ski trip.

If your child is affected by cerebral palsy as a result of malpractice, call us at 877-262-9767 to discuss your situation.

Study: Gestational Diabetes Increases in United States

According to the CDC, the national prevalence of gestational diabetes in the U.S. rose to 6% in 2016, a steady increase from 2012. A pregnancy-induced blood sugar disorder, gestational diabetes may lead to certain complications, including a higher risk of shoulder dystocia, instrumental delivery by forceps or vacuum, low blood glucose levels, jaundice, and other problems. In the study, gestational diabetes prevalence rates ranged across the U.S. from 3.4% in the District of Columbia to 9.2% in South Dakota. Researchers found that it was most common among Asian women (11.1%). Dr. Nicholas P. Deputy from the CDC notes that strategies before, during, and after pregnancy need to be implemented to prevent, control, or mitigate risks of gestational diabetes.

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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