cerebal-palsy
An entire family’s life can change when a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. A medical condition sometimes caused by the negligence or reckless behavior of healthcare professionals, cerebral palsy affects approximately 800,000 individuals in the United States, and close to 10,000 babies born each year develop cerebral palsy. You have the right to seek compensation if your child’s cerebral palsy is a result of medical malpractice.

At Schochor, Federico and Staton, we have worked on cerebral palsy cases involving:

  • Spastic cerebral palsy
  • Athetoid dyskinetic cerebral palsy
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy
  • Mental retardation
  • Cognitive delay/learning disability

Our attorneys can connect you to a network of qualified medical specialists if you believe your child is displaying symptoms of cerebral palsy.

Common Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a birth injury that sometimes happens when:

  • A delivery is complicated, difficult or delayed.
  • A mother has had two or more children.
  • There are nervous system abnormalities.
  • A breech birth is not handled with care.
  • The baby does not receive enough oxygen.
  • A mother and/or baby has an infection that affects the baby’s brain development.
  • Seizures, meningitis, viral encephalitis or infections are not properly diagnosed and treated.
  • Forceps or vacuums are used improperly or excessively.
  • A baby is born prematurely.
  • Blood disease and severe jaundice may also cause cerebral palsy, as can side effects from certain medications.

Do I Have Grounds for a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit If My Child has Cerebral Palsy?

Whether you have grounds to file a cerebral palsy lawsuit depends on when and how your child developed cerebral palsy. If your child failed to develop properly while in the womb due to a dangerous drug, you may be able to file suit against the pharmaceutical company or the doctor who prescribed the medicine. Similarly, you may have a lawsuit if your child developed cerebral palsy because a healthcare provider failed to meet the acceptable standard of care before, during, or immediately following the birth of your child. Naturally occurring developmental problems are not grounds for a lawsuit.

What Can Schochor, Federico and Staton Do to Help My Family?

Our law firm provides compassionate assistance and comprehensive legal advice to parents dealing with the effects of cerebral palsy. Our attorneys help you:

  • Anticipate and recover the costs associated with expected future medical care
  • Recover damages for pain and suffering
  • Recover lost wages and past medical expenses

Let the Attorneys and Medical Investigators at Schochor, Federico and Staton Help You

Schochor, Federico and Staton’s cerebral palsy practice focuses on injuries sustained as a result of medical malpractice and birth injuries. Since our firm has been handling medical malpractice cases since our founding in 1984, we have a thorough understanding of how to build strong cases to help plaintiffs pursue the maximum compensation possible for these kinds of cases. We have filed more medical negligence cases than any other law firm in Maryland and have won more than $1 billion in settlements and verdicts.

Contact us online or call us today at 410-234-1000 to speak with one of our attorneys about your case. You pay nothing unless we make a recovery on your behalf.

Symptoms

Recognizing the signs of cerebral palsy is the first step to receiving help. Cerebral palsy is often diagnosed when a child is still a baby or a toddler because parents notice that something is wrong when their child does not reach typical developmental milestones on time or exhibits unusual behavior.

Symptoms of cerebral palsy include:

  • Difficulty lifting their head
  • Crossed or “scissored” leg muscles upon being picked up
  • A dependency on one hand while keeping the other tightly clutched
  • An inability to sit up
  • An inability to crawl
  • An inability to stand without being supported
  • An inability to walk
  • Poor coordination
  • Stiff or tight muscles
  • Spasms
  • Seizures
  • Lack of muscle control and movement
  • Visual and hearing problems
  • Walking on toes
  • Dragging one leg when walking
  • Crouched gaits
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Abnormal posture
  • Learning disorders
  • Visual or hearing problems
  • A persistence of primitive reflexes
  • Shaking or uncontrollable jerks
  • Weakened facial muscles

Diagnosis

If your child is exhibiting any of the symptoms of cerebral palsy, a doctor can run tests to determine whether your child truly has cerebral palsy as opposed to another medical condition with similar signs. CT, MRI and EEG brain imaging tests may reveal brain abnormalities linked to cerebral palsy.

Additionally, a doctor can examine your child’s control over movement and check to see whether their muscles are behaving as they should. Reflex tests check to see if a baby responds to changes in the way their body is positioned, hand preference tests may indicate a baby has developed an early dependency on one hand over the other due to strength issues, and vision or hearing tests look for signs of sensory limitations.

The doctor can also review your child and your family’s medical history to see if any of the typical causes for cerebral palsy are present, and work with you to ensure your child’s condition is accurately diagnosed.

Treatment

There is no cure for cerebral palsy at this point in time. That said, there are many different ways to help your child overcome or cope with some of the limitations cerebral palsy has on his or her life. The effects of cerebral palsy can be minimized through:

  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Medication
  • Specialized care
  • Surgery
  • Adaptive equipment

In instances where a child is unable to walk without assistance, crutches or a wheel chair may be a viable option to help them become more independent. Group therapy sessions with other children affected by cerebral palsy are available in many locations and may be beneficial to the development of social skills.

Resources

While our attorneys are here to support your family through the entirety of your cerebral palsy lawsuit, we know dealing with the effects of cerebral palsy is a long-term commitment. We have compiled some resources that may be of use to you now and in the years to come.

Please contact our office to schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our team. Our knowledgeable lawyers are happy to answer any questions you may have about cerebral palsy and other birth injury suits.

FAQ’s

It is inevitable to have questions about cerebral palsy and the process of filing a lawsuit against negligent health care providers. Our experienced attorneys are here to help. Some of the questions the attorneys of Schochor, Federico and Staton frequently hear include:

Can my child’s condition worsen over time?

While cerebral palsy itself is not a progressive disorder, other conditions can develop as a result of your child’s cerebral palsy. For example, lack of normal muscle tone and control may lead to other problems, including bowel and bladder dysfunction, difficulty with nutrition and other issues.

Is cerebral palsy preventable?

It can be. Receiving proper medical attention throughout the course of a pregnancy and a baby’s delivery is the surest way to protect both mother and child from unnecessary health risks, including cerebral palsy.

Do I have grounds for a lawsuit if my child has cerebral palsy?

Whether you have grounds to file a cerebral palsy lawsuit depends on when and how your child developed cerebral palsy. If your child failed to develop properly while in the womb due to a dangerous drug, you may be able to file suit against the pharmaceutical company or the doctor who prescribed the medicine. Similarly, you may have a lawsuit if your child developed cerebral palsy because a healthcare provider failed to meet the acceptable standard of care before, during, or immediately following the birth of your child. Naturally occurring developmental problems are not grounds for a lawsuit.

What can Schochor, Federico and Staton do to help my family?

Our law firm provides compassionate assistance and comprehensive legal advice to parents dealing with the effects of cerebral palsy. Our attorneys help you:

  • Anticipate and recover the costs associated with expected future medical care
  • Recover damages for pain and suffering
  • Recover lost wages and past medical expenses

Do I have to go to trial to receive fair compensation?

Not necessarily, but you should be prepared to go to trial if the need arises. Our lawyers do everything possible to ensure you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve, which means we take cases to court when the opposition is not willing to offer a fair settlement.