Cerebral Palsy Caused by Medical Malpractice
Let Our Atlantic City Birth Injury Lawyer Protect the Rights of You and Your Child
Cerebral palsy refers to a group of neurological disorders marked by muscular impairments that affect balance, coordination, posture and motor skills. Many cerebral palsy patients suffer from intellectual disabilities ranging from mild to severe. Medical mistakes during pregnancy, labor or delivery that result in birth injuries can also lead to the development of cerebral palsy. If medical malpractice caused your child to be diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you may be entitled to significant injury compensation to pay for his or her ongoing treatment and care.
The nationally recognized medical malpractice law firm of Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. is dedicated to getting victims of medical negligence the justice they deserve. An experienced Atlantic City or Cape May birth injury lawyer at our firm will handle your case with the utmost care and compassion while fighting aggressively to hold the negligent doctor and/or hospital accountable for your child’s injuries. Our New Jersey birth trauma attorneys will also fight to ensure you receive adequate compensation for your child’s past and future specialized treatment needs.
What are the Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy Caused by Birth Injury?
Cerebral palsy symptoms may be present at birth but go unnoticed until a child turn a few years old. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), early signs of cerebral palsy include:
- Children over two months: Trouble controlling the head or having stiff legs that “scissor” when picked up
- Children over six months: Using only one hand when reaching while holding the other hand in a fist
- Children over ten months: Pushing off with one hand and leg when crawling while dragging the opposite hand and leg; unable to sit up without help
- Children over 12 months: Unable to crawl or to stand without support
- Children over 24 months: Unable to walk or push a toy with wheels
Parents who notice any of the above symptoms should notify the child’s doctor. If your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a knowledgeable Atlantic City birth injury lawyer at our firm can review your case for free to determine whether preventable trauma during labor or delivery may have contributed to your child’s cerebral palsy diagnosis.
Treating and Living with Cerebral Palsy Caused by Medical Malpractice
Cerebral palsy treatment depends on the nature and severity of the condition. Traditional treatment options for cerebral palsy include:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Special education
- Orthotic braces
- Orthopedic surgery
- Assistive devices, including walkers and wheelchairs
Over the lifetime of a child with cerebral palsy, families can accrue hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills needed to treat the condition. For children who suffer cerebral palsy as a result of doctor or hospital negligence at birth, parents bearing the costs for what could have been a cerebral palsy diagnosis may seem unfair – and it is.
Our dedicated birth trauma lawyers have obtained numerous verdicts and settlements for birth injury victims. This includes a significant verdict of $5.9 million for the family of a child who suffered severe brain damage and cerebral palsy when doctors failed to detect fetal distress during delivery and failed to order an immediate C-section.
Let a Trusted South Jersey Birth Injury Lawyer Fight for the Compensation Your Child Deserves
Victims of medical negligence deserve justice, and our birth injury lawyers are dedicated to helping them obtain it. Our firm has helped hundreds of New Jersey families dealing with the consequences of medical malpractice and welcome new clients from Erma, The Villas, Rio Grande and Del Haven needing effective legal representation.
If you live in the Atlantic City or Cape May areas and your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, contact our medical malpractice law firm to discuss your potential case during a free initial consultation today.