Cerebral palsy is a complex condition with a wide range of physical and cognitive symptoms. Although it is associated with motor function, cerebral palsy is actual a form of brain damage. In many cases it results from lack of oxygen or trauma to the brain during childbirth.
If your child was born with cerebral palsy and you suspect negligence in labor and delivery, The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, is here to help. We can have your case reviewed by our medical experts to determine if you have a viable lawsuit for medical malpractice. We have helped many families recover compensation for their child’s lifelong needs and challenges.
Cerebral palsy is the result of damage to the baby’s brain, during pregnancy or during labor and delivery. It is characterized by inability to fully control motor function, particularly muscle control and coordination. Every child is uniquely affected. Common symptoms include muscle tightness or spasticity, involuntary movements, impaired gait or mobility, difficulty in swallowing and problems with speech. Other children may suffer from impaired vision, seizures, abnormal sensation or perception, learning disabilities or mental retardation. Secondary issues may include problems with breathing, sitting upright, bladder and bowel control, or skin disorders from pressure sores. A resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows some developmental milestones for what most babies do at certain ages.
We handle birth injury cases in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens and throughout New York City. Trial lawyer Richard Jaffe has more than 20 years of experience in medical malpractice litigation and has unique medical insights from his longtime service as a volunteer medic. Our legal team is skilled at connecting cerebral palsy to errors and lapses by the obstetrician (OB-GYN doctor) and labor and delivery nurses:
You have the right to know if your child’s cerebral palsy was preventable. In our experience, however, medical professionals are not forthcoming about childbirth errors. To the contrary, they often cover for each other, alter medical records and otherwise avoid responsibility until faced with undeniable evidence.
That’s where The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, comes in. The average lifetime expense for caring for a child with cerebral palsy is estimated at nearly $1 million — over and above the costs of raising a non-disabled child. We are committed to justice for your child and your family, and most importantly compensation for the huge financial burden of a lifetime of special needs care.
We can have your case reviewed by our medical experts at no cost to you. If we take the case, there are no attorney fees unless we recover compensation.