If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it is important to answer the question: could this have been prevented? Cerebral palsy attorney Michael H. Bereston can talk to you about the circumstances surrounding your pregnancy, labor and your child’s birth and review medical records to determine whether malpractice may have been involved. Working with top-notch medical experts, he and our team can work to expose wrongdoing and help you pursue much-needed financial compensation.
With 30 years of trial experience, Michael Bereston leads our practice with professionalism, integrity, and a true passion for helping others. He is well-known in the legal community for his willingness to go the extra mile for his clients, and for his track record of success in this complex field. These are extremely challenging cases, but no obstacle is too great in the pursuit of justice and a brighter future for the injured, disabled, and wronged.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a birth injury which may be caused by oxygen deprivation before, during, or shortly after delivery. Lowered blood oxygen levels in an infant’s or unborn child’s system deprive the brain of essential oxygen and nutrients. This may occur quickly if a complete lack of oxygen occurs, or, over time if partial lack of adequate oxygen is allowed to continue. The type of cerebral palsy and symptoms the child experiences will depend on what portions of the brain are damaged in this way.
Cerebral palsy occurs in four main ways:
- Spastic: Spastic CP is the most common type of cerebral palsy. It causes stiff muscles and uncontrolled reflexes, which makes the child act out seemingly at random.
- Non-spastic: Also called athetoid CP, this form usually causes muscular limpness and unpredictable facial, torso, and limb movements.
- Ataxic: Ataxic CP is believed to be caused by damage to the cerebellum, which results in extremely unsteady balance and coordination.
- Mixed: Mixed cerebral palsy is the second-most common form of CP. It occurs when a child has more than one type of CP at once.
Who Needs a Cerebral Palsy Lawyer?
Any parent whose child was born with cerebral palsy should at least speak with a CP attorney. The truth is that cerebral palsy occurs in about 3 of every 1,000 births in the country, but many of those cases are entirely preventable. Medical malpractice and negligence are at the root of many CP diagnoses, such as when a doctor, nurse, or obstetrician fails to monitor an unborn child’s heart rate for signs of fetal distress.
Because the chances of your child’s CP being caused by some form of medical negligence are high, it is worth contacting a lawyer as soon as a diagnosis is reached. The sooner that a cerebral palsy attorney can learn more about your child’s condition and your potential claim, the sooner you might be able to receive compensation that helps pay for the necessary care and special resources your child requires to live more comfortably.
How Our CP Attorneys Help
Attorney Michael Bereston insists on doing as much as possible for our firm’s cerebral palsy clients. We know that you are going through an incredibly difficult time and that the outcome of your case will impact your child’s wellbeing one way or another. To give you and your child the best chances of making a fair recovery, we dig into our work and look for every possible solution.
Our law firm can help with your case by:
- Researching the incidents that caused your child’s CP.
- Working with third-party medical experts for valuable testimonies.
- Collecting other forms of evidence of medical negligence.
- Calculating the amount of compensation that you will require now and in the future.
- Negotiating a fair settlement amount with the opposing party or parties.
- Litigating in court if an appropriate settlement offer is not made.