Cerebral Palsy Lawyers in New York City
Securing Verdicts for Injured Children
Cerebral palsy is a serious condition that can cause long-term developmental delays and disabilities in children. There are numerous factors that can cause cerebral palsy, but many of them are preventable. If your child has cerebral palsy or you suspect he or she does, a legal claim can help provide answers as to why, and you may be entitled to the resources needed to take care of your child.
At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., our New York City cerebral palsy attorneys help parents pursue fair compensation for birth injuries caused by medical malpractice. Based in Manhattan, we are proud to serve clients throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, and Westchester.
Our lead attorney, David Perecman, has been practicing personal injury law in New York for more than 40 years. His commitment drives our firm to secure record-setting verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, including the second-highest settlement amount in the history of New York.
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Understanding How Medical Malpractice Can Contribute to the Development of Cerebral Palsy
Both statistics and medical research suggest that a large percentage of cerebral palsy cases are caused by fetal distress before and during birth. In many cases, this distress could have been avoided if it were not for medical malpractice by doctors and other professionals.
Possible causes of cerebral palsy include:
- Perinatal brain damage – Damage caused during childbirth can result in brain injury; CP is chiefly caused by oxygen deprivation, usually from preventable circumstances.
- Prenatal interruption of brain development – While in the womb, genetic and environmental factors can cause abnormal brain development, resulting in cerebral palsy. These can be detected early by trained physicians.
- Postnatal non-functional brain cell connection — Infections, brain trauma, and oxygen deprivation can develop CP after birth.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has set out specific protocols that obstetricians must follow in order to avoid oxygen deprivation. If fetal monitoring indicates the possibility of fetal distress, the doctors must at least consider performing a cesarean section procedure.
Obstetricians are also responsible for assessing the health of newborn babies through techniques such as Apgar testing. When these techniques are not used properly, a baby with cerebral palsy may be diagnosed too late to receive important early treatments.
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Moving Quickly to Get Children the Compensation They Deserve
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you should discuss the possibility of a medical malpractice claim with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. New York has a 10-year limit on parents’ ability to bring malpractice claims for their children’s birth injuries. Consult an attorney to understand how this time limit is applied.
Your child may need ongoing treatment, medical devices, and other major expenditures in order to live life to the fullest. Our attorneys are dedicated to obtaining fair compensation from negligent doctors and nurses. Among our past successes is a $40 million structured settlement for cerebral palsy caused by negligent delivery. Reach out to us to see what we can help accomplish on your behalf.