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New York Cerebral Palsy Attorneys

Having a healthy pregnancy and childbirth is a blessing that many of us take for granted. Cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy and other birth injuries can result from complications throughout the mother’s pregnancy, labor, delivery or immediately following birth. The most serious types of birth injuries often involve damage to the baby’s brain. Such injuries can be caused by the failure to perform a timely cesarean section, misuse of forceps or vacuum during delivery, or abuse of birth inducing medications such as Pitocin.

New York Cerebral Palsy AttorneysThe attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have more than 39 years of experience representing clients who have suffered injuries or died as the result of medical malpractice involving birth injuries. Our experienced and compassionate lawyers in New York treat each client with the compassion and respect they deserve in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to. We have helped our clients successfully recover damages in many different types of birth injury cases, especially the serious injuries of Cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is an affliction of the central nervous system, which causes permanent damage to infants or young children. It affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills (the ability to move in a coordinated and purposeful way). Cerebral palsy is general caused by brain damage that happens before or during the birthing process, or during the first 3 to 5 years of a child’s life.

There is no cure for cerebral palsy. However, treatment, therapy and special equipment can help children who are living with this medical condition. Cerebral palsy is one of the most common congenital disorders of childhood. Approximately 500,000 children are afflicted with the condition in the United States.

Different Types of Cerebral Palsy

There are three different types of cerebral palsy:

  1. Spastic cerebral palsy – results in stiffness and movement difficulties
  2. Dyskinetic (athetoid) cerebral palsy – leads to involuntary and uncontrolled movements
  3. Ataxic cerebral palsy – results in balance problems and problems with depth perception

Because cerebral palsy impacts an individual’s muscle control and coordination, even the simplest movement can be difficult. Other functions affected by this condition include:

  • Breathing
  • Bladder and bowel control
  • Eating
  • Talking

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy can be, and often is, caused by errors of the physician, staff and hospital during the birthing process. Although most parents want to know exactly how their children were afflicted with this devastating medical condition, it is often unclear whether the damage to the infant occurred during pregnancy, birth, or immediately following birth.

The only way to assess whether injury was avoidable is to have an expert examine all of the medical records relating to prenatal care, delivery and newborn medical care. The expert must be an unbiased and an accredited professional who understands important medical concepts, including:

  • Complex physiological relationship between the mother and the fetus during gestation.
  •  Stresses that an infant undergoes during birth and the mechanisms it uses to cope with those stresses.
  • The process an infant undergoes in adjusting to life outside the womb.
  • The infant’s requirements and responses to certain types of stresses and factors in its environment.

Diagnosing Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy can be diagnosed during early infanthood if the child is known to be at risk due to premature birth or other health problems. Doctors, including developmental pediatricians and neurological specialists, generally watch children closely after birth in order to identify and address any developmental delays or problems with muscle function that may indicate cerebral palsy.

Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

Although there is no cure for cerebral palsy and the damage to the brain is irreversible, treatments in the early stages of this medical condition may help the child better deal with the condition. If you notice any of these signs or symptoms in your child, you should seek immediate medical advice:

  • Loss of nerve and muscle function in the arms and legs
  • Complete paralysis of the body
  • Difficulties with hearing, speech and vision
  • Difficulties with breathing, feeding, bladder and bowel control
  • Sensory abnormalities
  • Speech impediments
  • Seizures or epilepsy
  • Mental retardation
  • Learning disabilities

At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., our legal team has the knowledge, experience and financial resources to help you obtain the compensation that you and your child deserve. We know when to hire the right medical experts to prove your case and hold the right parties accountable.

You Deserve an Experienced Cerebral Palsy Lawyer

If you have recently experienced the agony of giving birth to a child with cerebral palsy and you suspect or believe that medical negligence was the cause, you are not alone. While such serious medical conditions will impact all parts of your child’s life and the lives of the entire family, the law does provide you with legal recourse to help you seek justice against the parties responsible for such injuries.

The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have over 39 years of experience in pursuing justice on behalf of individuals harmed by medical malpractice. Our legal team will take every step necessary to secure not only financial compensation but also accountability and justice.

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GLK LawyersFor more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced medical malpractice attorneys in New York, please call us at 1-800-529-9997 or fill out a New York Personal Injury Case Consultation form. We handle personal injury cases in New York and New Jersey.

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