Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder caused by a brain injury or malformation that occurs while the child's brain is developing. Cerebral palsy primarily affects body movement and muscle coordination. While cerebral palsy is a general term commonly referred to as CP and described by the loss or impairment of motor function, cerebral palsy is actually caused by brain damage. The brain damage is caused by a brain injury or abnormal development of the brain before, during or immediately after birth.
Cerebral palsy affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning.
The diagnosis can be devastating and overwhelming for parents who must begin coping with their child's lifelong condition. Families of children whose cerebral palsy was directly caused by a doctor's negligence are entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain, suffering and additional expenses associated with accommodating the child's special needs.
Many factors can cause cerebral palsy or brain damage. Among them are:
- Failure to diagnose infection
- Oxygen deprivation (asphyxia)
- Improper monitoring of the mother or child
- Improper use of Pitocin
- Premature birth
- Misuse of forceps or vacuum during delivery
- Delay in performing a cesarean section
If your child has cerebral palsy and you suspect that a doctor or other medical professional is at fault, it is critical to speak with an attorney who has significant experience in cases like yours. Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore has a national reputation for expertise and success in representing families who have suffered injuries related to cerebral palsy and brain damage.
- A few years ago, Tom Moore represented a young girl who was born with hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid in the brain. Doctors inserted a shunt to drain the fluid from the brain to the abdomen, but failed to notice that the shunt had punctured her intestines. This caused an E. coli infection to travel to her brain, ravaging her. A Manhattan jury awarded the child and her family $56,000,000.
- In 2013, Tom Moore represented the family of a 10-year-old girl who suffered severe brain damage when hospital staff members failed to properly monitor the child's fetal heart rate and then failed to take corrective action. A Suffolk County jury awarded Shannon and her family $130,000,000.
- Several years ago, Tom Moore represented the family of a young boy who suffers from cerebral palsy because no pediatrician or obstetrician ever examined him on the day of his birth. The baby was suffering from a strep infection that went undetected and untreated. The jury returned a verdict of $108,000,000.
- In 2008, Tom Moore represented the parents of a young boy who was badly injured by a doctor who improperly used forceps during delivery. The child was deprived of oxygen and the mother was significantly hurt as well. A jury in Queens awarded the parents $19,600,000.
- When baby "J" was born prematurely, his shoulder was fractured during delivery. Doctors at a Brooklyn hospital then failed to monitor him closely, and baby J developed jaundice, a thickening of the blood, and soon went into cardiorespiratory arrest. The result was brain damage, quadriplegia and nerve damage. Tom Moore tried the case and the jury awarded baby J and his family $23,300,000.
KDLM is a national leader in medical malpractice and personal injury law, with a notable track record in brain-damaged baby cases. We have obtained more than 120 million-dollar verdicts and over $1 billion in settlements for our clients. Let us put our experience, resources and reputation to work for you and your family. To discuss your situation in confidence, call or email our firm.