Philadelphia Cerebral Palsy Attorney
Helping You Provide a Bright Future for Your Child After a Birth Injury
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a non-progressive condition that affects motor skills
and functioning. Technically speaking, it is a group of disorders, as
there are varying degrees and types of CP. It is caused by abnormal brain
development or injury before or during birth and, while it is not necessarily
always the case,
medical malpractice often plays a role in the development of CP.
If you went through a difficult labor or delivery and your child was later
diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you may have grounds for a
birth injury claim.
Why You Need a Birth Injury Lawyer
At The Villari Firm, PLLC, we are prepared to put over 20 years of experience
on your side as we help you navigate the process of pursuing justice and
a fair recovery for your child. While we understand that no amount of
money can “compensate” for your child’s diagnosis, financial recovery
can allow you the ability to provide your child with the very best medical
treatment, educational opportunities, and special care.
With a proven track record of success—including over $125 million
recovered for our clients—and a team of experts on-call, our Philadelphia
cerebral palsy lawyer has what it takes to help you fight for the compensation
Contact us today at
(215) 372-8889 to speak to Attorney Heidi G. Villari about your case. Your initial consultation
is completely free.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy
As previously mentioned, CP is caused by brain damage before or at birth.
Typically, this damage occurs when the infant’s oxygen supply is
reduced or cut off, preventing adequate oxygen/blood from reaching the
brain. While this is not always caused by medical malpractice, mistakes
and negligence during the labor and delivery process can — and often
do — lead to serious complications, including brain damage.
Some examples of how malpractice can lead to brain damage that, in turn,
results in cerebral palsy include:
- Failure to properly monitor the baby’s heart rate
- Failure to notice or address signs of fetal distress
- Prolonged labor/failure to order an emergency C-section
- Improper use of forceps/vacuum extractor
- Negligent treatment or failure to treat maternal infections
- Failure to detect or address prolapsed umbilical cord
In any of these or similar situations, the baby can experience hypoxia
(insufficient oxygen) or anoxia (lack of oxygen), leading to severe brain
damage which, later, may result in cerebral palsy.
What are the Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy?
If you have noticed CP symptoms in your child—such as stiff or “floppy”
muscles, exaggerated reflexes, involuntary movements, tremors, or failure
to meet motor skill development milestones — it is important that
you seek medical attention from a qualified doctor. Only a medical professional
can diagnose cerebral palsy.
Discuss Your Legal Options with Our Team
If your child
is diagnosed with CP and you believe that a doctor, nurse, or another medical
professional was at fault, contact The Villari Firm, PLLC as soon as possible
to discuss your rights and options. Our Philadelphia cerebral palsy lawyer
can begin building a case aimed at securing the compensation you and your
child need and deserve.
(215) 372-8889 or submit an
online contact form to get started with a free consultation.