For decades, the Pennsylvania cerebral palsy lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have fought for the rights of birth injury victims throughout the state. We know that an injury can lead to a lifelong disorder such as cerebral palsy — one that will cost you and your family thousands of dollars in doctor bills. That’s why our attorney fight for the injured, to give your child a voice in the courtroom and make sure that no one else is injured by a healthcare professional’s negligence ever again.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy, also known as CP, is a medical disorder that impacts muscle coordination, posture, and the ability to move. It is caused by abnormal development of the brain and often happens before the child is born. It appears early in a child’s life and can last the life of the person. Symptoms include stiff muscles, difficulty walking, delays in motor skills, difficulty with vision and hearing, and even seizures and intellectual disabilities. Cerebral palsy calls for long-term medical treatment which includes physical therapy, medication, and possibly surgery.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in childhood. About one in 323 children have been identified with CP.
When a Birth Injury Causes CP
The cause of cerebral palsy is unknown; yet, there are many factors that lead to the disorder, especially in the birth and delivery process:
- An infection in the mother can affect the development of the fetus
- A fetal stroke caused by a disruption of the blood supply to the brain
- A head injury to the infant, such as fall
- An infection in the infant, causing inflammation in or around the brain
- Lack of oxygen to the brain related to either a difficult labor or delivery, also known as asphyxia
Many of these causes can be avoided if the medical professional had not been negligent in his/her duty of care.
What Do I Need to Pursue a Birth Injury Case?
Before contacting a cerebral palsy lawyer, it's important you get as much evidence as you can. This can make or break your case. Forms of evidence include medical records for before, during, and after the delivery and expert and witness testimony.
It's extremely important to speak with the right attorney for your case. It can not only be difficult to get this type of evidence without legal assistance, you need a lawyer who has the knowledge and the experience in all types of medical malpractice suits to get the compensation you and your child need.
What Compensation Could I Get?
Like with any personal injury claim, it's difficult to give an exact amount on how much compensation your family will receive. It all depends on several factors such as the severity of your child's CP and the cost of medical treatment. You could receive compensation for the following:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Home care and physical therapy
- Medical supplies such as a wheelchair or braces
Contact Our Pennsylvania Cerebral Palsy Lawyers Today!
Although you have until your child’s 20th birthday to file a claim in Pennsylvania, the harder it will be to prove your case as time progresses. As soon as you believe a birth injury caused your child's cerebral palsy, your first call should be to the cerebral palsy attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli.
At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, results matter. We have secured more than $110 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Our personal injury lawyers will work nonstop to make sure you receive compensation for your child so his/her future is not burdened with medical bills.
If you believe your child was injured by the negligence of a healthcare professional, now is the time for action. Contact our personal injury lawyers in Philadelphia, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre to schedule a free consultation.