Cerebral Palsy Attorneys
Our cerebral palsy lawyers serve families with children facing an incurable lifelong disability caused during pregnancy or birth. Serving clients in Philadelphia, PA, New Jersey, and nationally.
Our Cerebral Palsy Attorneys Get the Results You Deserve
With 50 years of experience, Cohen, Placitella & Roth has helped clients recover compensation for their child’s cerebral palsy and other birth injuries. The team of cerebral palsy lawyers at CPR employ a winning strategy to investigate your cerebral palsy case thoroughly, invest time and effort into building a strong case, and then present that case to a jury. If settlement negotiations are an option, we work hard to get our clients what they deserve.
Investigating Cerebral Palsy Cases Requires Expertise, Experience and Resources
The point of obtaining a recovery for cerebral palsy that results from a birth injury or negligence during birth is to provide the victim with the financial support that they will need to obtain the education, medical care, and rehabilitation that they will require during their lifetime as they cope with their condition. As such, cerebral palsy claim investigations require significant effort and financial resources to clearly identify the act or instance of negligence that caused the cerebral palsy in the first place. It takes a law firm with experience, knowledge, and resources to be able to conduct a thorough investigation into your claim. Building a strong case is no easy feat.
A number of medical specialists will need to be contacted so that a medical evaluation of the child can be conducted to assess the extent and prognosis of the child’s condition. Will the child need lifelong medical treatment or rehabilitation? Will the child need special assistance as he or she grows up? These questions need to be answered in order to determine how much compensation you should receive based on the extent of the child’s injuries.
Similarly, evidence related to the birth injury that caused the cerebral palsy to develop in the victim child will need to be acquired. This can include conducting interviews with the medical staff who performed the delivery, as well as evidence of the care that the child received after the birth, as some causes of cerebral palsy can arise from deficiencies in after-birth care. Medical records for the child will need to be secured from the hospital where the child was delivered, as well as medical records from throughout the pregnancy.
At Cohen, Placitella & Roth, our lawyers know what it takes to properly investigate your cerebral palsy and birth injury claim, and we have the financial resources necessary to prepare your strongest possible case. As experienced cerebral palsy attorneys, we have connections with trusted medical experts we use to assess whether medical negligence occurred during or after the birth of the child.
Common Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy can result from a number of causes and medical mistakes during the birthing process. Some of these causes are not preventable, while others are. For instance, a few of the preventable causes of cerebral palsy include:
Failing to discover when an umbilical cord has prolapsed
When the umbilical cord becomes compressed during birth, oxygen and blood flow to the baby’s body is halted. A failure to recognize the problem can cause oxygen deprivation of the brain and cerebral palsy.
Failing to order a cesarean section in a timely manner
Any number of events can cause a baby to suffer oxygen deprivation while in the womb prior to and during birth. Immediate action must be taken to get oxygen to the baby, which may require birth by cesarean section.
Improper use of forceps or vacuum extraction
Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors can cause delivery trauma to the baby’s head, brain and spinal cord, and can also produce cerebral palsy in the baby.
Failing to treat an infection
Both mother and unborn baby are particularly vulnerable to infection during pregnancy and birth, and untreated infections can lead to cerebral palsy. Many common infections can be treated with antibiotics, thereby reducing the risk of cerebral palsy.
Failing to treat jaundice
Many babies are born with jaundice, and a failure to treat jaundice can turn into kernicterus, which is an unsafe accumulation of broken down red blood cells in the brain. Untreated kernicterus can cause cerebral palsy.
Cerebral Palsy Facts
1 out of 323
children have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy
of children diagnosed are able to independently walk
of children diagnosed also have epilepsy
of children diagnosed have autism spectrum disorder
What Clients Are Saying
Corporate lawyers are tough people, but these lawyers made a personal connection with me. The team was great to work with. They didn’t apply pressure or try to settle too quickly.Rob M.
I am still at a loss for words about how appreciative my family and I are to the legal team at CP&R for all their effort. All I can say is thank you.Jessica O.
Their team maintained a consistent level of detailed communication with us during the entire process, leading to a favorable outcome, performed during the mediation process, allowing us to avoid a costly and time-consuming jury trial.Kody Z.
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