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Three Ways To Find The Ideal Law Firm For Your Cerebral Palsy Case

Posted by on 12th Sep, 2014 in Category Blog ~ Comments Off

When a parent hears that their child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, the first question that comes to mind is “How did this happen!?” To find out how, the first thing parents need to do is research.  Second, parents need to consult with a lawyer that specializes in cerebral palsy cases.

What Is Cerebral Palsy?

The cause of cerebral palsy is brain malformation or a brain injury that happens while the brain is developing.  Cerebral palsy occurs before, during, or after birth, and it affects muscle coordination, muscle control, muscle tone, posture, balance, and reflex. Additionally, it may impact gross motor skills, fine motor skills, as well as oral motor functioning. Regardless, you need to know how and why this happened with the help of a lawyer.

Following are some things to consider when seeking out a law firm for your cerebral palsy case:

Expertise

How long has the law firm been practicing? Do you know if they handle hard cases? These are often the questions you must ask yourself when finding a law firm. With over 20 years of experience, Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC has represented a wide variety of clients with birth injury cases. With their background in medical, they are the perfect law firm to choose for your case.

Credentials

There is no denying that you should be consulting with a firm that has a flawless reputation and great credentials. Have they successfully won several cases?  Any parent seeking a law firm that concentrates in birth injuries should contact Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC. Their attorneys were rated “AV” by their legal peers.

Background

You should find out what kind of degrees or background your lawyers possess. Do they concentrate in medical law? Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC have an advantage because their lawyers have both legal and medical degrees. Parents should be consulting with medical professionals that specialize in comprehending medical negligence and can fully access your case.

If you need to seek justice for your child, choose Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC as your cerebral palsy law firm to fight for your child’s rights. Their team of lawyers possesses legal and medical degrees, and will also assist others with permanent and serious injuries caused by medical mistakes.

Seek legal advice as well as justice for your child today.  Contact them at 1-877-292-6491.

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Kindergarteners Learn of Boy’s Cerebral Palsy Journey

Posted by on 6th May, 2014 in Category News ~ Comments Off

Rather than have kids in his kindergarten stare at her son, Vanessa Steinman – mother to 5-year old River Steinman who has cerebral palsy – decided to educate them. With this in mind, Vanessa made a picture book about her son and took it to Parkway Elementary in St. Joseph, Missouri to show his classmates. “I just wanted the kids to see that he’s just like them.”

River uses bright blue crutches and a walker to get around. This is because the type of cerebral palsy he has – spastic diplegia – affects his ability to walk. He also uses a special chair that has arm rests in class. When everyone else is sitting in a circle on the floor, River sits on a blue chair with his feet on a small container.

The picture book explained parts of the condition to River’s class. Teacher May Boehner read from the book “his brain sends the wrong message to his body.” Also in the book are pictures about River’s hobbies, his favorite colors, and his first surgery. It was actually exciting for kids in River’s class to hear about the tap dance lessons, horse riding, daily struggles as well as week-long trips River takes to St. Louis for appointments with the doctor. The book also tells how he wasn’t diagnosed until aged 2 and then a year later he had surgery that enabled him to walk, with help. Today, he is often seen walking around the school.

His mother is very proud of him. “River has no limitations, according to River,” she said. And she’s not the only one. Parkway’s paraprofessional, Colynn Chesney, says “He’s fantastic. He brightens my day. Every day I walk in and he just smiles.” She believes the book will help “with diversity. Different kids face different challenges, and these kids are very understanding.”

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After 14 Years Together, Boy with CP and Caretaker Continue Their Special Bond

Posted by on 29th Apr, 2014 in Category News ~ Comments Off

Fourteen years ago Renee Laporte was a paramedic looking for a part-time job to fill in the hours of her split-shift. Answering an advertisement she saw to be a classroom aid for a kindergarten boy with cerebral palsy, Laporte has never looked back.

She applied to the Edmonton Catholic School Board for the position.

“They told me we have this little boy with cerebral palsy who chokes and has seizures — and that’s all they told me,” says Renee. “I said, ‘Absolutely, I would love to.’”

In January 2000 Nathan Devlin was attending the Holy Family School’s kindergarten in Mill Woods, Edmonton, Canada, when he first met Laporte, who would be his aid, caretaker, and friend for the next 14 years.

During the first trimester of Nathan’s gestation during his mother’s pregnancy with him, Nathan’s brain ceased its development. The label for this illness is ‘brain migration.’ As a result Nathan cannot speak, and must be tube-fed. But that did not stop Nathan from attending school, and with the help of Laporte, receiving his certificate of completion, the equivalent of a Grade 12 diploma.

Laporte, who is now 36, works five days a week with Nathan. She begins each day at 7:30am and finishes at 5pm. She gets Nathan out of bed, washed and dressed, and ready for each new day.

Laporte says that Nathan’s IQ was never tested. But he can solve problems and he has finished many of his school assignments.

“He understands everything that is said to him and interacts with his friends,” says Laporte.

Now that Nathan is 20 his ambition is to attend the fine arts program at MacEwan University.

Laporte is a devout Christian, “something I’m very proud of,” she says.

“This is my purpose; this is what I’m supposed to do,” says Laporte. “And why I say that is because this isn’t what I was planning to do. So I know God put it in my life.”

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Raising Money for Surgery

Posted by on 21st Apr, 2014 in Category News ~ Comments Off

Imogen Kelly, 4, has cerebral palsy and her family is trying to help her to have a surgery that would cut the damaged nerves in her spinal cord and allow her to walk. So far they have raised £6,000 of the £28,000 they need for the operation. Her mom, Sarah Rogers, launched Imogen’s Wish to make it happen.

Most recently, the Sunshine Day Nursery at Dene House Children’s Center where Imogen is a student, held an event. The fundraiser involved a raffle, a cake sale and more. Other events that the family has had include a battle of the bands, cake sales, coffee mornings and walks, bungee jumps in Imogen’s name and more.

As Sarah said, “All the community has pulled together and that many people have had bag packs and cake sales, the police come down to the sponsored walk, and it just shows how good Peterlee is. We’ve made lots of new friends too.”

Those interested can go to a Facebook page that Sarah has set up to see how the fundraising efforts are going. The page is at www.facebook.com/imogenswish.

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Teaching about Cerebral Palsy

Posted by on 14th Apr, 2014 in Category Blog ~ Comments Off

Meet ninth grader Emily Johnson from Damascus, Ohio who is on a mission to teach people about cerebral palsy. Emily’s cerebral palsy occurred as a result of a premature birth. She was born at only 1 pound, 12.5 ounces and the lack of oxygen to her developing brain caused her cerebral palsy. But she doesn’t want your sympathy.

Rather, she wants your understanding. Emily’s mom, Amy, was told that she would probably never walk or talk and that she would be wheelchair bound. Today, instead, Emily walks with difficulty and uses crutches when necessary.

The reaction she has gotten from those around her has been the most difficult part of dealing with her disability. As Amy said, “The kids were great when they were little. They jumped to help her if she needed anything.” But as Emily got older, she started to be bullied. Today, she is enrolled in an online school where she is on the honor roll. She plays catcher on a Challenger League baseball team, she is part of her Salem church and she has an online friend from Las Vegas who also has cerebral palsy.

She said, about the reaction she gets from others, “People freak out, and I hate it when they do that. It’s just a disability. You cannot catch this. You can shake my hand. You can talk to me. I am a human. It’s just cerebral palsy. It’s not going to hurt anybody.”

As her mom added, “There’s nothing wrong with her brain. They’ll ask me what’s wrong with her, and I’ll say, ‘Ask her. She’ll tell you.”
Emily hopes to educate people and she hopes, as an adult, to become a physical therapist or a motivational speaker.

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Cerebral Palsy Woman Tackling the Mississauga Marathon

Posted by on 7th Apr, 2014 in Category Stories ~ Comments Off

The Mississauga Marathon that will take place on May 4 will have some amazing runners. Included in this list if Joanne Strang, 61, who has cerebral palsy. She will be doing the 2 km event as a member of Team World Vision Canada.

Strang was asked to join the run by her colleague at World Vision, Nellis Jacob-Tritto. Strang was surprised by the invitation. As she said, “I never would have thought that anyone would even think to ask me. Nellie told me, ‘Whatever you do, I’ll do along beside you.’”

“Being invited to join Team World Vision, even though I am differently-abled, means a lot to me. I have worked at World Vision for 40 years. I care deeply about the work we do and the children we serve.”

At 11, Strang had five operations to help her to deal with her cerebral palsy. Although she is, at times, required to use a wheelchair, she won’t be able to do so during the 2k. She is going to try to walk the entire 2k. She has begun training by walking the hallway of her condo and she has joined the early walkers at Erin Mills Town Centre on Saturday mornings.

As she said, “Two kilometres will definitely be challenging for me. But every meter I complete will make a difference in lives of vulnerable children. I want to raise $1 for every metre I complete. My fundraising goal is $2,000 for my 2 kilometre walk.”

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Riding Towards Success

Posted by on 30th Mar, 2014 in Category News ~ Comments Off

One little girl in Lubbock, Texas just received quite a treat. Kira Berry, age 4, has cerebral palsy. Her parents were originally told that her physical and mental age wouldn’t surpass 5 months. But this has not been the case, and her parents have been constantly pushing her and assisting her to do and be more.

Recently, AMBUCS, the American Business Club, arrived at her house with a new Tryke. AMBUCS provides mobility to kids with disabilities by offering therapeutic bikes and other riding vehicles. Kira’s parents, Chris and Tiffany, were part of the surprise. Chris and Tiffany adopted Kira. As Tiffany said, “We didn’t originally request a special needs child. But we started volunteering with an organization called Night Owls.”

Night Owls offers babysitting services for children with special needs. Chris and Tiffany heard that there was a little girl who needed a home. They first saw her when she was nine months old and they adopted her when she was one and a half. As Chris said, “Once we found out she was special needs we thought… God would have it this way and knew she was our daughter. It didn’t really matter what she had.”

“We couldn’t imagine our lives without Kira,” Tiffany says. “She’s determined and fun and smart and just a joy.” And now she is blessed with a new riding vehicle to help her with her mobility.

Touching Moment at Sochi Games

Posted by on 30th Mar, 2014 in Category Stories ~ Comments Off

When Canadian freestyle skier Alex Bilodeau won the gold, it was his brother, Frederic, with whom he immediately wanted to share his joy.  Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age, Frederic has had his fair share of triumphs.  ““Just like you or I, he has dreams and most of them are not realizable to him but he does dream about it, he talks about it and he never complains that it’s not realistic to him. Every day I feel very lucky to be a normal person that has the chance to go after his dreams, and he doesn’t have that chance. So out of respect to him, I need to go after that and with his motivation he would be four-time Olympic champion. It’s crazy the motivation that he takes and every step is very hard for him. In life, I have an easy path and I need to go out there and do the best I can just out of respect to him.”

Alex further explained, “He lives his dreams through me. (Two gold medals) is the least I can do, he’s my every day inspiration.”

This is the second gold medal Alex has won.  The first was in Vancouver, four years ago.  Of his success he explains, “When I’m on the hill (Kingsbury) is in my mind and he’s pushing me to be a better skier, but outside of the hill, whether I’m in university or training or whatever I do in life, my brother is my every day inspiration.”

Inspiring Book about Child with Cerebral Palsy

Posted by on 23rd Mar, 2014 in Category Stories ~ Comments Off

Hercules Stergiou was born with cerebral palsy.  But that hasn’t stopped him from thriving at the mainstream Bowmore Road Junior and Senior Schools.  So successful has his integration been that Thelma Sambrook, school principal, decided to write a story about his first year in school.  This has now been published into a book called “All About Me – Hercules.”

It wasn’t easy in the beginning.  Hercules’ mom, Kristina, recalled how scared she was to take her son to school for the first time.  She told CTV Toronto, “It was very scary. I think the biggest fear for us was kids picking on him and him not being accepted.”

But he really has thrived.  And thus the idea emerged for the book.  As Sambrook explains, “I wanted it to be a positive story so that all families felt that school and kindergarten was a great place to be no matter what the child’s abilities were.”

Sometime later there was a celebration held at the school about Hercules’ story and the book launch with a ceremony at the school.  Dad Dimitrios commented that his son’s story can really be a “powerful lesson” on acceptance.  He added, “disabilities don’t make children different — it’s just what you see. Everybody is normal if you give them a chance.”

Some of the profits from the book will be donated to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children where Hercules goes twice a year to get injections in his legs to help his muscles grow.

Krazy Kosci Climb Sets Sights on Mount Kosciuskzo

Posted by on 15th Mar, 2014 in Category News ~ Comments Off

Hannah Diviney, 14, has not let her cerebral palsy get in the way of her goals. A student in Australia at Sylvania High School, she has taken part in a united climb of 9.2 kilometers up Mount Kosciuszko. The climb is called the Krazy Kosci Climb and it took place on February 22. Hannah, who uses a wheelchair and walking frame, made this her goal to raise money to buy specialized gym equipment and a gym program for other children with cerebral palsy.

She raised more than $10,000. As she said, ‘‘At first I thought it was completely nuts, but now we’re working with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance to build as much momentum for it as possible.’’

AS the Krazy Kosci Climb website explained, “The Krazy Kosci Klimb is not only an exciting challenge, but an important fundraiser for Cerebral Palsy Alliance.Funds raised from the challenge will go towards supporting and expanding our sports and recreation programs at Cerebral Palsy Alliance.”

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