Who is Eligible for Compensation Under the BP Oil Settlement?

According to the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center, there are 12 categories of eligibility for monetary compensation for the 2010 BP oil spill under the settlement, which primarily fall under economic loss and property damage. You may be able to receive compensation if you can prove that you as an individual or your business suffered financially…

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Is It Too Late to File a BP Oil Spill Claim?

There is a new deadline for a BP oil spill claim: June 8, 2015. This deadline was extended from April 2014 in recognition of the sheer number of businesses and individuals harmed by the negligent actions of BP in causing the worst environmental disaster in petroleum industry history. It may be that over half of…

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Why Are BP Claims Taking So Long?

The law firm of Farrell, Patel, Jomarron & Lopez is one of the largest BP oil spill claim filers in the nation. We have filed over 3,000 business claims for our clients harmed by the negligent actions of BP. One common question people ask throughout this litigation is this: Why are the BP claims taking…

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Are Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Operations Helpful for Children with CP?

A girl with cerebral palsy is walking mostly unaided a year after having undergone a selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) operation. Her progress has stunned doctors. She still occasionally makes use of canes and crutches, but this is a huge upgrade from the cumbersome walking frame that she had to use previously. Her exceptional progress within…

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When is National Birth Defects Prevention Month?

This month we celebrate National Birth Defects Prevention Month. The National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) has set the 2015 theme as “Making Healthy Choices to Prevent Birth Defects—Make a PACT for Prevention.” The anagram within the theme, “PACT,” stands for the following: (P)lan ahead (A)void harmful substances (C)hoose a healthy lifestyle (T)alk to your…

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What Are the Details of the Oregon Cerebral Palsy Lawsuits?

Three Oregon families are filing lawsuits on the assertion that their children received birth injuries resulting in cerebral palsy and serious brain damage because of medical malpractice. One family argues that the hospital workers delayed too long in determining that the mother needed a caesarian section, which caused the baby to be born lifeless. Although…

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Can Coal Ash Cause Birth Defects?

Kim Brewer is a mother of a family of four children living in North Carolina. Her two oldest children were born without birth defects, but her two children that were born after she moved to Dukeville, North Carolina were born with birth defects due to environmental factors. One daughter has chiari malformation and the other…

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What is Craniosynostosis?

Kase Johnstun has been conducting research by interviewing the mothers of children with craniosynostosis. This condition occurs when the fibrous sutures fuse prematurely in the infant’s skull, restricting the growth of the brain. It can lead to visual or mental impairments, as well as head and facial abnormalities. Johnstun was also born with craniosynostosis, but…

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Is the Pendulum Test Useful in Determining Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of permanent disorders that restrict certain movements because of muscle weakness or stiffness. Since CP can sometimes take a while to show itself in children, there are tests, such as the Pendulum test, that are used to check for spasticity to determine a CP diagnosis. The pendulum test has…

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Will My Child Be Able to Work with Cerebral Palsy?

While birth injuries and birth defects can present a challenge to those born with them, they do not necessarily inhibit someone from living a productive and dedicated life. Some children born with a birth defect or birth injury can perform many of the same jobs that other people can. Mechele Coppenbarger is celebrating her 35th…

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