Living with cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice comes with many challenges in a person’s life. Although having a successful New York birth injury lawyer to get you compensation helps, it still doesn’t cover everything. Miranda Casanova, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age, didn’t let this get to her, as she is living her life as a blogger, motivational speaker, and aspiring writer.
Casanova has recently graduated from Moorpark Community College, and had this to say of her experience: “While I achieved a lot academically, perhaps what means the most about my experience at Moorpark is that it allowed me to change the way people perceive disabilities. I have always maintained a goal not only to achieve great things in academics, but also to be the catalyst of change.“
Cerebral palsy is caused by a brain injury or malformation that takes place while the brain is at its early stages of developing, whether it is before, during, or after birth. This causes damages to the brain and affects a child’s muscle reflex, coordination, tone, reflex, and posture. The effects are long-term often affecting the child in his or her later years. As Miranda Casanova has proven, however, they can overcome it with proper care and determination.
As said earlier, cerebral palsy at birth can develop due to medical malpractice and mistakes in delivery. Some common causes include failure to recognize a prolapsed umbilical cord, not being able to properly monitor fetal heart rate before and during labor and birth, and negligence in using medical instruments, among others. These are usually a result of prolonged oxygen deprivation to the brain.
If the cerebral palsy is due to medical malpractice at birth, families can seek compensation by filing a lawsuit, which should help lessen the financial burdens that come with properly raising a child with cerebral palsy.
Hiring an experienced New York cerebral palsy attorney like those from The Law Offices of Joseph Lichtenstein can help the family get what they deserve for being put in that position. The money awarded can help pay for the extra cost it takes to give the child proper care, as well as to cover lifetime medical expenses.
(Source: First-Hand Account of Living with Cerebral Palsy, Injury Lawyer News, January 5, 2015)