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There is nothing more frightening than realizing something is very wrong with your beautiful new baby. If the diagnosis is cerebral palsy, parents are in shock, they grieve, they try to come to grips with what this will mean for their helpless infant.
But they also need to come to grips with what this will mean to them: a wonderful child they will love above all else, yes, but also a life-time of doctor's visits, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, attendants, "durable medical equipment", such as expensive wheelchairs, special beds, lifts, costly vans and the like. .
Very often, cerebral palsy is the direct result of a doctor's error.
While it is very hard for parents to look up from the trenches of taking care of a child with cerebral palsy, it is important that they be convinced to do so and contact a reputable birth injury lawyer. Parents want and need to believe their child will beat the odds and learn to walk and talk...and they may. As tired as they are now, as much hope they have for the little child they can carry around now, no one can really know what the future will bring.
Find out as soon as possible if negligence caused your child's condition. You must get compensation. You owe it to your child to see that justice is done and the many medical costs will be covered.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|