New Jersey Cerebral Palsy Lawyer
Did Medical Negligence Cause Your Child’s Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability affecting children in the United States. It is estimated that around 500,000 children and more than 260,000 adults have cerebral palsy, and medical professionals estimate that another 10,000 children with cerebral palsy are born each year.
Cerebral palsy impairs movement and can cause a range of difficulties and limitations. When families face a lifetime of challenges due to a CP diagnosis, they may be able to recover compensation for their past and future damages by holding negligence medical professionals accountable.
At Levinson Axelrod, P.A., our medical malpractice team has extensive experience fighting for victims and families who have been harmed by the negligence of doctors, nurses, and other medical providers. If you have reason to believe your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by a provider’s substandard care, our New Jersey cerebral palsy attorneys can review your case and discuss your legal options.
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Cerebral palsy if a life-altering diagnosis that can have a tremendous impact on families. Learn how our attorneys can fight for the compensation you deserve during a FREE consultation. Call (732) 440-3089 today!
Symptoms & 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.
How Do I Know if Malpractice Caused Cerebral Palsy?
Because these cases are highly complex and fact-specific, the best way to evaluate the merits of your case is to have it reviewed by experienced attorneys and medical professionals. They will be best positioned to evaluate your provider’s conduct and whether they failed to act as a reasonably skilled and knowledgeable practitioner would have acted under the same or similar circumstances.
While every case is different, there are some common examples of negligence that can result in cerebral palsy. This includes:
- Failing to diagnose complications during pregnancy, including preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and other conditions
- Failure to adequately monitor fetal heart rate during childbirth and failure to timely intervene when there are signs of distress
- Failing to perform or delaying a necessary C-section
- Errors in administering labor-inducing drugs or other medications
- Failures to provide necessary therapy, including head cooling, following suspected brain damage
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 80 years, and have successfully recovered more than $1 billion on their behalves. Contact us to learn more about your options.
Speak with a Cerebral Palsy Attorney in New Jersey
Contact our cerebral palsy attorneys at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. if your child was diagnosed with CP. New Jersey’s statute of limitations requires plaintiffs bring medical malpractice lawsuits on behalf of minor children before the child turns 13 years of age. However, initiating a case as soon as possible can allow attorneys and medical experts to immediately investigate while evidence or details are still fresh.
Our team at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. is readily available to take your call. We offer FREE and confidential consultations. Contact us online or call (732) 440-3089today.
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