New Jersey Cerebral Palsy Attorneys
Did Your Child Suffer A Birth Injury?
Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability affecting children in the United States – it’s estimated that around 500,000 children 18 years old and under are currently dealing with cerebral palsy in the United States, along with more than 260,000 adults, and medical professionals estimate that another 10,000 children who will develop cerebral palsy are born each year. This condition impairs movement and can cause abnormal reflexes, abnormal posture, unsteady walking, excessively rigid or floppy trunk and limbs, and involuntary movements. The severity of these issues varies from patient to patient, but no matter what it negatively affects their quality of life, and in more serious cases can prevent someone from living without some form of professional assistance.
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Far too many cases of Cerebral palsy are caused by medical malpractice. At Levinson Axelrod, P.A., our team has been providing clients with the assistance they need for more than 75 years, and have successfully recovered more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients over that time. Contact us today to speak with one of our medical negligence lawyers who handle cerebral palsy so we can help you recover the compensation you and your child need and deserve.
Symptoms and Causes of Cerebral Palsy
The symptoms of cerebral palsy can vary depending on how serious the condition is, but include:
- Ataxia – loss of control over bodily movements
- Athetosis – abnormal muscle contractions that cause involuntary writhing movements
- Delayed motor skill development
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty eating
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty speaking
- Difficulty performing precise movements
- Difficulty seeing or hearing
- Intellectual disabilities
In some cases, these symptoms only affect one body part or side of the body, but can affect the entire body in others. With proper monitoring and care, doctors may be able to diagnose your fetus early enough to be able to give them treatments that can help ensure a healthy birth. Research suggests that fetal distress during and before birth cause a high percentage of cerebral palsy cases, something that could be avoided with proper care. Some of the most common risk factors include:
- Premature births
- Low birthweight
- Maternal infection
- Oxygen deprivation
Many cases of cerebral palsy are caused by oxygen deprivation – it’s so common that the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have set specific protocols for obstetricians to follow to prevent this. If your doctor fails to do so, the cerebral palsy diagnosis may come far too late to receive the necessary early treatments.
Hire A Birth Injury Attorney Today
Contact our cerebral palsy attorneys at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. if your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. New Jersey’s statute of limitations requires that you file the case before your child’s 13th birthday, so it’s important that you act as soon as possible. Our lawyers will work with you to ensure that we develop the plan of action that best suits your needs and will secure the maximum compensation possible. Give us a call at (732) 440-3089 to speak with one of our attorneys today, or fill out the form on our website to request a free case evaluation.