Cerebral Palsy Lawyers
Cerebral palsy (CP) is caused by a brain injury or malfunction that occurs before, during or immediately after birth. Although this type of injury can occur naturally, it is often the result of a medical professional’s negligence during the birthing process.
If a medical profession’s actions or inaction led to your child’s injury, you may have legal options. The cerebral palsy lawyers at Janet, Jenner & Suggs have decades of experience helping families obtain the compensation they need for a secure future. We have recovered more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements throughout the country that have helped improve the quality of life for our clients. With one of the leading cerebral palsy lawyers in the nation and a board-certified OBGYN on staff, we have the resources to investigate your child’s injury to determine if it could have been prevented. If you have a case, we will work tirelessly to obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
We also offer our services on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not owe us anything unless we obtain compensation for you. Contact us today for a free consultation and review of your child’s injury. With court approval to practice in most states, we accept cases nationwide.
Contact Janet, Jenner & Suggs by calling 1-877-692-3862.
Decades of Experience Handling CP Cases
At Janet, Jenner & Suggs, we are committed to fighting for the rights of those who have been injured because of another’s actions.
Having been consulted by more than 20,000 families about potential cerebral palsy cases, Managing Principal Howard Janet is recognized as one of the preeminent cerebral palsy lawyers in the nation. Throughout his more than 35-year career, he has gained the knowledge and legal skills needed to help our clients obtain justice.
Partners Kenneth Suggs and Dov Apfel are also nationally recognized for their legal expertise in birth injury cases. Apfel is nationally known as a child advocate and often consults with families and lawyers throughout the country about standard of care and causation issues arising from birth injury claims.
Another one of our partners, Giles H. Manley, has more than 20 years of experience as a board-certified OBGYN. He joined the legal profession to help families whose children were injured at birth.
Together, our medical malpractice, birth injury and cerebral palsy lawyers have a proven record of identifying cerebral palsy cases caused by negligence and fighting for the maximum compensation our clients deserve.
We have a history of breaking records in several states for the largest birth injury recovery and are not afraid to say no to a settlement that is less than our clients deserve. Some of our most notable case results include:
- $33.5 million verdict for a child who suffered brain damage and cerebral palsy because of delays in performing an urgently needed C-section
- $24 million verdict – the largest malpractice verdict recovered in the District of Columbia – for a child who suffered cerebral palsy and brain damage after doctors failed to diagnose and respond to an airway obstruction
- $15 million settlement for a child who suffered cerebral palsy because the obstetrician failed to arrive at the hospital to deliver the child in a timely manner
- $9.5 million verdict for a child who developed cerebral palsy after signs of an infection were not immediately treated by emergency room personnel
- $4 million recovery for a child who suffered cerebral palsy and mental retardation from a mismanaged labor and delivery
In addition to being a fighting force in the courtroom and at the settlement table, our cerebral palsy attorneys are committed to defending the rights of cerebral palsy patients in all aspects of their lives. We have lengthened the time limits for filing claims for victims of fraudulent physicians, expanded the right for children to be compensated for their injuries and helped create the Cerebral Palsy Family Network to help all children with cerebral palsy.
Contact our cerebral palsy lawyers today to learn more about how we can help you.
Cerebral Palsy Causes
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cerebral palsy is caused by abnormal development of or damage to the brain that affects a child’s ability to control body movement, including balance, posture, coordination and muscle control.
Some of the most common causes of cerebral palsy include:
- Premature birth
- Infections during pregnancy
- Untreated jaundice and kernicterus
- Birth complications
- Lack of oxygen to the brain
- Lack of blood to the brain
- Injuries during birth
- Infections after birth
In many of the cases our cerebral palsy lawyers have handled, the child's injuries were caused by medical negligence, such as:
- Missing, ignoring or misinterpreting warning signs from fetal heart monitors
- Failing to resuscitate a newborn who needs help breathing
- Failing to exercise proper care when using forceps or vacuum extractor equipment
- Delaying or failing to perform a C-section
- Failing to diagnose or treat an infection
- Misdiagnosis of fetal position in the uterus
- Severe jaundice
If you think that your child's cerebral palsy is a result of medical negligence, contact our personal injury lawyers for a free claim review to find out if you have a case.
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Proving Negligence in a Cerebral Palsy Case
In order to prove that your child's cerebral palsy was caused by medical malpractice, our attorneys must be able to establish four things:
- There was a duty of care - Medical professionals have a duty of care to perform within accepted medical standards. This means medical professionals have a legal duty to provide care that is equal to what other medical professionals with similar training would provide in a similar situation.
- A medical professional breached his or her duty of care – If a medical professional fails to act as others would in the same situation, he or she has breached his or her duty of care. In a cerebral palsy case, breaching a duty of care could include things like failing to perform the appropriate tests or failing to act in the appropriate way if there is a problem during the birthing process.
- The breach of duty of care caused your child's injury - Your attorney must be able to show that the action or inaction of medical professionals during the birth of your child caused brain damage that led to your child being diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
- Your child's cerebral palsy diagnosis resulted in damages - Claimants must show that their child's diagnosis resulted in medical expenses, pain and suffering, physical therapy, or other damages.
The attorneys at Janet, Jenner & Suggs have conducted thousands of investigations of cerebral palsy claims and have uncovered negligence that other law firms missed.
Our vast experience in handling these types of cases can help you get the maximum compensation your child deserves.
Contact us today for a free consultation. Call 1-877-692-3862.
Dedicated to Fighting for Maximum Compensation
If you have a case, our cerebral palsy lawyers will aggressively fight for the maximum compensation your child deserves. Depending on your unique circumstances, it may be possible to recover a variety of types of compensation, such as:
The medical expenses associated with caring for a child with cerebral palsy can be overwhelming. For this reason, the law allows victims of negligence to recover compensation to help cover the costs associated with an injury. This can include:
- Doctors’ visits
- Medical tests and procedures
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Counseling or psychological therapy
- Assistive equipment, such as wheelchairs
- Home modifications
- Long-term care
- Special education costs
It is vital that you keep track of all of your child’s medical expenses. You should also maintain copies of all of your child’s medical records.
If you or a loved one has lost wages from having to reduce your hours at work or having to quit working altogether to take care of a child with cerebral palsy, it may be possible to obtain compensation for the wages and income you have lost.
Similarly, if your child will not be able to work, it may be possible to obtain compensation for his or her lost earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering
Depending on the circumstances of your child’s injury it may be possible to recover compensation for any of the physical pain or suffering the child experienced. This can also include the mental anguish and suffering he or she experienced.
Diminished Quality of Life
Due to the debilitating qualities of this type of birth injury, it is likely that your child will experience a reduced quality of life. Our cerebral palsy lawyers will fight tirelessly to help you obtain compensation that will attempt to make up for this great loss.
Our cerebral palsy lawyers will work with you and your child’s healthcare specialists to create a Life Care Plan that will estimate the costs for your child’s care throughout his or her life. We will then work to obtain the maximum compensation we can to help ensure all of those costs are covered.
We have obtained more than $1 billion for families with children who suffered cerebral palsy due to negligence. That includes a $15.5 million verdict for the family of a child who suffered brain damage and developed cerebral palsy due to negligence during the birthing process. The verdict broke the record for the largest birth injury award in Minnesota.
Types of Cerebral Palsy and Common Symptoms
Because there are several types of cerebral palsy, the compensation you are able to recover will depend on the level of your child's disability and impairment.
Cerebral palsy can cause a child to struggle with a variety of fine motor skills and everyday activities. The type of movement disorder your child suffers from will determine which type of cerebral palsy diagnosis your child has.
The four main types of cerebral palsy include:
Spastic Cerebral Palsy
As the most common type of cerebral palsy, spastic cerebral palsy affects about 80 percent of people with cerebral palsy.
This condition causes an individual to have increased muscle tone, which makes his or her muscles stiff and can make movement awkward. The most common types of spastic cerebral palsy include:
- Spastic diplegia/diparesis – This condition mostly affects the legs and may not affect the arms at all. Children with this condition have difficulty walking because of tight muscles in the legs.
- Spastic hemiplegia/hemiparesis – This type of cerebral palsy affects only one side of the body and generally affects the arm more than the leg.
- Spastic quadriplegia/quadriparesis – This is the most severe form of cerebral palsy as it affects the entire body. It can prevent an individual from being able to walk and may also come with additional health complications such as developmental disabilities, seizures, and hearing, vision or speech problems.
Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy
Dyskinetic cerebral palsy also includes athetoid, dystonic and choreoathetoid cerebral palsies, which can cause involuntary or uncontrolled muscle movements that are slow or quick and jerky. Additionally, the muscle tone can change daily, or more often, varying from being too tight to too loose.
Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
Children with ataxic cerebral palsy have poor balance and coordination, which can cause them to be unsteady when walking. They can also struggle with quick movements or those that require a lot of control.
Some additional symptoms of cerebral palsy that can accompany any cerebral palsy diagnosis include:
- Difficulty swallowing, sucking or eating
- Delays in speech development or difficulty speaking
- Difficultly picking up items and holding them
- Limited range of motion
- Neuromuscular issues
Helping your child manage all of these medical issues could cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of his or her life. Having a reputable cerebral palsy lawyer on your side can help you recover the compensation you need for your child's future.
Our cerebral palsy lawyers have decades of experience handling a variety of cases involving all of these types of cerebral palsy. Major settlements and verdicts from our cases have provided compensation that will take care of our clients and their children for the rest of their lives.
Call 1-877-692-3862 today to speak with a representative.
Time Limits for Filing a Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit
If you suspect that your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by a medical professional’s negligence, it is vital that you contact our experienced cerebral palsy lawyers as soon as possible. There are strict deadlines on how long you have to file a cerebral palsy lawsuit.
Each state has a different statute of limitations. In addition to the deadline for filing a case, many states require added steps that must be completed within even shorter deadlines.
If you miss the deadlines in your state, you will lose you opportunity to file a case and recover compensation.
Because our cerebral palsy attorneys have court approval to practice in most states, we are familiar with the many laws and regulations that vary between states. If you contact us soon enough, we will work to make sure your case is filed on time.
Contact Our Cerebral Palsy Lawyers Today
Finding out that your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy is devastating news. Children with cerebral palsy will most likely have physical and cognitive difficulties for the rest of their lives and may never be fully independent.
Janet, Jenner & Suggs is committed to helping you get the compensation you need to take care of your child. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation to learn more about your rights and legal options. We do not charge any upfront costs and do not recover attorney's fees unless we obtain fair compensation or a favorable jury verdict.