Cerebral Palsy Lawyer serving Pittsburgh, Erie, and all of Pennsylvania
Cerebral palsy is not one condition, but a group of conditions that affect the part of the brain that regulates muscle control and balance. If you have a child suffering from cerebral palsy, this information is not news to you, but it still may be a devastating realization that your infant’s life will never again be the same. If you’re child has cerebral palsy due to an avoidable birth injury, contact our Pittsburgh cerebral palsy lawyer today.
There is no cure for cerebral palsy, and the condition is the most prevalent childhood motor disability. While some cases are identified in the womb or soon after birth, others go undetected for months or even years. Common infant symptoms include:
- Stiffness in the limbs
- Overextension of the back when held
- A feeling of floppiness when held
Other signs that may indicate the condition include delayed movement and motor skills. Some instances of cerebral palsy have no clear cause, while others are clearly related to brain injury before, during, or after birth. The damage may be the result of a lack of oxygen to the brain during birth, head injury, or infection. Identifying the cause of cerebral palsy is a key component in developing a case related to an individual’s liability.
Cerebral Palsy and Medical Malpractice
A physician’s negligent behavior before, during, and after birth may be to blame for the condition. When a physician or other health care practitioner fails to react to warning signs, fails to use care during procedures and labor, or otherwise acts against a reasonable standard of care, the resulting injury and cerebral palsy diagnosis will be considered an act of medical malpractice.
When you discover signs of cerebral palsy, contact a Pittsburgh malpractice attorney as soon as possible. He or she can conduct an independent investigation into what happened during labor or a procedure. Quickly taking action will preserve your ability to file a lawsuit against the individual or institution responsible if the cause can be attributed to malpractice. Filing a malpractice suit can:
- Provide the compensation needed to care for a disabled child now and into the future
- Cover other expenses associated with the condition
- Hold the responsible party accountable for any damages
- Prevent other parents from enduring the same difficult discovery in the future
At Biancheria & Maliver P.C., our medical malpractice team is led by a board-certified internist who understands medical practice and the laws surrounding malpractice in Pittsburgh, Erie and throughout Pennsylvania. Our compassionate and skilled attorneys are ready to help you address cerebral palsy malpractice cases that have caused severe disability. We also handle many other kinds of birth injury cases that result in severe injury or death.
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Legal claims involving minors of any age can be particularly complex. Guardianship factors may affect who can actually pursue a case on a child’s behalf and how the compensation is handled after a settlement. Our team of Pittsburgh cerebral palsy attorneys understands every complexity parents or guardians may face in the wake of a birth injury case, and we are prepared to help you find the answers you need to make informed decisions about a child’s future. We understand that this is an emotionally trying time, and our goal is to make it as painless as possible. Make sure your child has the support he or she needs now and over a lifetime.
Contact us today to learn more about our experience with birth injury claims dealing with cerebral palsy. All of our cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning you will not owe us a dime if we do not obtain compensation on your behalf. We always offer a free evaluation, so now is the time to determine if legal action is the right course for your family.