At Pacific Medical Law we know that for kids, playing is not a luxury - it is their "work". It is how children learn to interact with their environment, develop physical skills and strength, expand their imagination and build friendships. It is indeed the essence of childhood. The importance of play in a child's life simply cannot be over-emphasized.
As part of our commitment to assist children living with cerebral palsy, both inside and outside the courtroom, the lawyers at Pacific Medical Law are once again participating in September - an annual fundraiser to raise funds and awareness for children living with cerebral palsy.
We are often asked by parents of children with cerebral palsy whether or not their child's cerebral palsy may have been preventable with appropriate medical care. This is a question rarely addressed by the child's treating physicians. Answering this question involves bringing together the medical opinions of a variety of carefully selected medical specialists who must each contribute their opinion on discrete areas of the medical care provided or the injury suffered by the child. Since this does not impact upon the medical treatment being provided to the child, this typically does not occur in the clinical setting. One exception is when the hospital performs a Quality Assurance Review in response to potential concerns about the quality of the medical care provided to a pregnant mother and/or her child; however, the results of these investigations are kept confidential and are not disclosed to the parents of the child with cerebral palsy.
Pacific Medical Law has established a bursary fund in honor of Janna Epp, a beautiful, determined young girl with cerebral palsy, who faced challenges that few of us could imagine. Sadly, on October 11, 2012 Janna passed away.
Guest Contributor: Dan Chalcraft
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have recently released a report on the prevalence and characteristic of cerebral palsy in the United States. It has concluded that cerebral palsy remains the most common motor disability in childhood, and that children with cerebral palsy and their families continue to need support.
Four lawyers at Pacific Medical Law, Paul McGivern, Susanne Raab, Brenda Osmond and Natalia Ivolgina, participated in the recent fundraiser by the Cerebral Palsy Association, "September". September began in Australia in 2010 and has since expanded to include the US, Canada, UK and the Netherlands. The goal of the program worldwide is to assist in advancing the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with a spectrum of disabilities by providing services and support to more than 176,000 children and adults every day-one person at a time, one family at a time.