Queens Cerebral Palsy Attorney
Is Your Child’s Condition Linked to Malpractice?
If your son or daughter has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you’re facing a future that’s very different than the one you had envisioned. Your child may still be able to experience a happy and full life, but the extent of care can place a burden on your entire family. It may be time to consider what caused your child’s condition and whether it may have resulted from your doctor’s failure to provide proper care.
By involving the Law Office of David A. Kates, you can get a better idea of what may have caused your child’s cerebral palsy and whether you are entitled to financial compensation from the at-fault doctor (or other medical professional/facility). A full settlement or award could pay for all of your child’s medical care, therapy, and more – for life. Queens cerebral palsy attorney David Kates has over 20 years of legal experience and the wherewithal to handle complex cases involving birth injuries caused by medical malpractice.
To find out how we can help you and your child, call (718) 866-3664. Your initial consultation is free and private.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy, also referred to as CP, is the name for a group of disorders affecting movement, balance, and posture. It is one of the most common movement disorders in children, affecting an estimated 1 in 323 children, according to the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.
Cerebral palsy may be caused by:
- Abnormal brain development, which happens before birth.
- Brain damage, typically linked to a lack of oxygen to the developing brain, which may happen during or after birth.
Linking Cerebral Palsy to Malpractice
There are some instances where cerebral palsy can be linked to medical malpractice by an obstetrician, nurse, or other medical professional involved in prenatal care, labor, delivery, or postnatal care. If any of these parties failed to provide a proper level of care, and this caused brain damage and therefore cerebral palsy, they should be held accountable.
The following are examples of negligence that could be linked to cerebral palsy:
- Delayed C-section
- Mismanagement of prolonged labor
- Mismanagement of shoulder dystocia or other complications
- Improper use of an epidural
- Improper use of birth tools such as forceps and vacuums
- Failure to monitor/address fetal distress
- Failure to recommend a C-section in a high-risk delivery
- Failure to diagnose/treat jaundice, leading to kernicterus
- Failure to diagnose/treat an infection in a pregnant mother
Because each case is different, only a complete review of medical records and all the evidence will reveal whether malpractice was involved. Queens cerebral palsy lawyer David Kates works with medical experts and other professionals to meticulously investigate and vigorously litigate these matters.
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
Symptoms of cerebral palsy may not be apparent immediately after birth and are instead noticed when a baby fails to meet certain milestones, such as rolling over, sitting, crawling, or walking.
Some of the many symptoms of cerebral palsy include:
- Reduced muscle tone
- Abnormal reflexes
- Impaired coordination
- Difficulty speaking or swallowing
- Epilepsy or seizures
- Impaired hearing
- Learning disabilities
- Limited bowel control
Cerebral Palsy Lawyer Serving Queens & Beyond
If your child was diagnosed immediately, after a few months, or even while a toddler, it is not too late to take legal action. The first step is scheduling a free consultation with David Kates. He has extensive experience and can use this to offer an accurate assessment of your case. When you work with our firm, you will work directly with David and will also face no upfront costs or legal fees – we only get paid when you do.
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