Your Child’s Devastating Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

Posted: June 28th, 2015

cerebral palsy diagnosis, Illinois Personal Injury AttorneyFinding out that your baby has cerebral palsy is a devastating and life-changing diagnosis. The effects are long lasting and the costs and stress on families can build over the years. Currently, cerebral palsy affects about two to three live births out of 1,000 in the United States. Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type and makes up 61 percent to 76.9 percent of all cases.

What is Cerebral Palsy and How Does it Occur?

Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term that refers to a group of neurological disorders which occur in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination. Cerebral palsy disrupts the brain’s ability to control movement and maintain posture and balance, and it can be caused by damage to a developing brain. In some cases, the cerebral motor cortex does not develop normally during fetal growth. In other cases, the damage is a result of an injury to the brain either before, during, or after birth. Unfortunately, in either case, the damage is irreparable and the disabilities are permanent. Brain damage does not get worse; however, secondary conditions, such as muscle spasticity, can develop and may worsen over time.

What Factors Can Lead to Cerebral Palsy?

There are several reasons why a baby may develop cerebral palsy. The development may occur due to a congenital issue or problems take place while a baby is in-utero. However, a major concern to parents is when cerebral palsy occurs during labor and delivery. Could cerebral palsy be preventable in this instance?

If an attending medical professional fails to monitor a mother’s condition or is imprudent in the way he or she handles the stress a baby exhibits, is there legal recourse?

A severe lack of oxygen in the brain can cause a baby to develop cerebral palsy. Due to the stress of labor and delivery, a lack of oxygen in the brain “caused by an interruption in breathing or poor oxygen supply (also known as asphyxia) is common for a brief period of time.”

If, however, the supply of oxygen is cut off or reduced for lengthy periods—a prolonged labor, traumatic head injury during birth, or issues with the uterus, placenta, or umbilical cord—an infant can develop a type of brain damage called hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy.

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy destroys tissue in the cerebral motor cortex and other areas of the brain, therefore causing cerebral palsy which leads to several secondary conditions such as:

  • Intellectual disabilities;
  • Seizures;
  • Delayed growth and development;
  • Impaired hearing and vision;
  • Drooling;
  • Incontinence;
  • Speech and language disorders;
  • Abnormal sensation and perception;
  • Epilepsy; and
  • Gastrointestinal problems.

Moreover, when individuals with cerebral palsy grow into adulthood, they may require ongoing support services such as continuing therapy, educational and vocational training, independent living services, counseling, transportation, recreation/leisure programs, and employment opportunities.

Free Consultation and Legal Recourse

If your infant’s cerebral palsy diagnosis, or other birth defect, can be traced to improper medical attention and a lack of proper patient care standards, please contact a compassionate Lake County personal injury attorney at Noonan Perillo Ltd. Medical and rehabilitation costs seem to be ever increasing. However, you may be entitled to a financial award as compensation. Call us today so we can personally review your case. We look forward to speaking with you.

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Can New Technology Prevent Cars from Hitting and Injuring Cyclists?

Posted: June 15th, 2015

injuring cyclists, Illinois personal Injury AttorneyThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) affords the same privileges and responsibilities to two wheel travelers as it does to four wheel travelers. Hence, cars and trucks are expected to be cautious and courteous towards cyclists, just as cyclists are to be towards motorists.

Unfortunately, however, a lack in visibility that cars and trucks seem to consistently have when sharing the roads continues to cause thousands of accidents each year.

The Fatalities

In 2013, 743 cyclists were killed and an estimated 48,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Between 2005 to 2010, the national number of cyclists struck and killed by distracted drivers jumped from 56 to 73—a 30 percent increase. When struck by a motorist, cyclists can suffer traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, loss of a limbs, internal injuries, broken bones, and deep gashes.

So, what needs to change? Driver retraining? Curbing distracted drivers? Maybe a combination of several factors.

Sound Waves to Prevent “Making Waves” on Our Roads

A new technology in the Unites States may be the first of its kind, however, to help alleviate cyclist death and injury. “BSMART,” or Bicyclist and Safe Monitoring Applied Radar Technology), is currently being tested in Chattanooga, Tennessee. BSMART uses sound waves to help law enforcement determine the distance between cyclists and cars zooming past them. When a police officer (on a motorbike) catches a driver passing too closely, he or she can inform the driver of the three-foot rule or distance required between a car and cyclist—a law that also applies in Illinois.

Law enforcement’s goal is to help educate and retrain drivers by distributing pamphlets to increase awareness.

Bicycle-law expert Bob Mionske stated, “When drivers know what the law is, they can understand what is expected of them … some drivers will adjust their passing to comply with the law, and that will mean safer passes every time they pass a cyclist.”

Consult with a Knowledgeable Illinois Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been seriously injured while on a bicycle after being hit by another vehicle, seek legal representation immediately. Please contact an Illinois personal injury attorney in Lake County to further assist you. We offer a free consultation to help establish what your rights are, and whether an award of financial compensation may be a legal avenue worth pursuing. Call us today at 847-244-011.

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Drug Recalls: Are Your Prescriptions Safe to Ingest?

Posted: June 8th, 2015

drug recalls, Lake County Personal Injury AttorneysAdvancements in medicine are often welcomed, especially when a new drug can cure an ailment, prolong a life, or alleviate pain. However, what if a drug, said to prevent an illness, actually causes more harm than good? Reports have shown a huge surge in the number of drug recalls, with 2014 being a less than outstanding year.

New Drugs, New Exposure

Despite claims of protecting a patient’s best interests, pharmaceutical drugs are causing thousands of patients to become ill or suffer harm and catastrophic injury. Often, despite seemingly thorough laboratory testing and clinical trials, patients become “guinea pigs” for drugs new to the market, and only then are the real side effects revealed.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) issues recalls on a regular basis and classify recalls based on the level of harm that could ensue. A “Class I” recall is describe as a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death”

Examples of recalled drug types include:

  • Contraceptives/ HPV prevention immunizations;
  • Diabetes medication thought to cause bladder cancer;
  • Antidepressants;
  • Heart  and cholesterol drugs; and
  • Drugs prescribed to alleviate signs of morning sickness or acne during the first trimester of a pregnancy.


Additionally, the recent surge in recalls have involved compounding pharmacies and ingredient contamination, therefore resulting in members of the public being harmed due to ingesting tainted products.

Be Aware & Seek Legal Assistance

If a product remains on the market but is known to have serious side effects, the FDA requires the product to have a black box warning. Additionally, checking the FDA website for latest recalls helps consumers to stay proactive about a new drug regimen that a doctor may have prescribed.

If you or someone in your family has had a serious, adverse reaction to a drug, please contact the Lake County personal injury attorneys at Noonan Perillo Ltd. who are well versed in personal injury litigation. We can help you navigate your way through the legal system and potentially obtain monetary compensation for harm you have endured. Call today. Your initial consultation will be complimentary.

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