Cleveland Ohio malpractice and birth injury lawyer explains resources for a family when their child has cerebral palsy.




United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland  
UCP of Greater Cleveland 10011 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: (216) 791-8363
fax: (216) 721-3372
https://www.ucpcleveland.org

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland’s Children’s Services Programs are based on a philosophy of early intervention and holistic, family-focused care.  Licensed physical, occupational and speech/language therapists, as well as social service professionals work with family members to design programs that enhance physical, mental and emotional development.

UCP Therapy Services are team-based and often involve two or more therapists working together to determine appropriate goals and developmental milestones for children (birth to 22 years) with a range of disabilities. Physical Therapy promotes strong gross motor and balance skills. Therapists work with children to increase range of motion, coordination and mobility to assist them with sitting, crawling, walking, running and other activities. Occupational Therapy focuses on improving fine motor control, sensory processing and visual motor coordination to assist with daily living skills, self care and play. Fine motor skills may refer to use of hands, wrists and arms, as well as body posture and mechanics.

Speech/Language Therapy works to improve children’s ability to communicate and to manipulate foods and liquids involved with feeding. This may include utilization of sign language, augmentative/computer devices and/or other alternative methods of communication.

Steps to Independence Intensive Therapy is a unique, intensive therapy approach that helps children with motor disorders achieve a higher level of functioning. For more information on this program, please visit the Steps to Independence page. All UCP therapists are pediatric specialists, and are certified and trained in the latest equipment, treatment techniques and modalities.

Fees may be reimbursable by insurance companies and Medicaid. UCP of Greater Cleveland has a sliding fee scale linked to income for those fees not covered by third party payer. To inquire about services for your child, please contact Children and Family Services Manager Celia Chesnick at (216) 791-8363, ext. 1260 or cchesnick@ucpcleveland.org.

Metro Hospital Cerebral Palsy Multidisciplinary Clinic
This clinic includes a Comprehensive Care Physician, RN Service Coordinator, Pediatric Neurologist, Physical Therapist, Registered Dietician and Liaisons from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. This clinic is held several times a month, always on a Friday morning. http://www.metrohealth.org/comprehensive-care/programs-and-services

University Hospital

The Pediatric Neurology Division at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is one of the most active service, training and research programs in the upper Midwest of the United States, and is devoted to the diagnosis and care of children with neurological problems. http://www.uhhospitals.org/rainbow/services/neurology

Cleveland Clinic Neurorehabilitation & Spasticity Clinic
Neurorehabilitation services at the Mellen Center focus on symptomatic treatments and rehabilitation interventions to improve spasticity and optimize function in adults with conditions of the central nervous system, including cerebral palsy, brain injury and spinal cord injury. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/rehabilitation-sports-therapy/specialty-therapy-services/neurological-rehabilitation-services


According to the Cleveland Clinic (http://my.clevelandclinic.org/childrens-hospital/health-info/diseases-conditions/hic-Cerebral-Palsy-Overview) Cerebral palsy is term for describing a group of disorders that impair a person's ability to control body movement and posture. These disorders result from injury to the motor areas of the brain. Cerebral palsy affects two to six infants out of every 1,000 births, and is the most common disability among children in the U.S. The problem causing cerebral palsy may occur while the infant is still in the womb or after birth, and the problem is not always detectable during a child's first year of life.

Cerebral palsy may affect one arm or leg, an arm and leg on the same side, only the legs, all four limbs, or any combination of arms and legs. It is the inability to control certain muscles that defines the most common cerebral palsy syndromes. children with cerebral palsy can have a variety of symptoms:


  • Difficulty with fine motor skills, such as writing, coloring,  drawing, and using scissors
  • muscle movements that the child cannot control
  • Difficulty with balance and walking
  • Problems with Learning
  • Vision defects, such as crossed eyes
  • Speech difficulty
  • Sucking and swallowing problems


Cleveland Ohio  Attorney Patrick Merrick explains that if your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and it is the result of the fault, negligence, or malpractice of a doctor, nurse, or hospital you have legal rights to obtain compensation for medical bills, compensation for disability, and future treatment costs.


Lawyer in Cleveland When the Cause of a Child's Cerebral Palsy is the Fault, Malpractice, or Negligence of a Doctor, Nurse, or Hospital.

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Lawyer in Cleveland Ohio files lawsuits against doctors and hospitals when cerebral palsy is the result of malpractice or negligence. Call 800.309.7404 | 216.223.8004 | 614.398.3828 | 440.328.8883 | 330.974.0012