The Los Angeles based Salamati Law firm represents families who have been affected by a cerebral palsy birth injury. If your child suffers from poor muscle tone, spastic movements or other signs of cerebral palsy, it’s important to find out if medical malpractice is to blame. The arrival of a new child should be a joyous occasion, and few families consider the possibility that delivery can take a drastic turn for the worse, putting the baby at risk for irreversible neurological injuries. A baby’s developing brain can suffer many types of trauma during pregnancy and childbirth that can lead to cerebral palsy. Defined as a group of non-progressive disorders that affect motor skills, balance, muscle tone and posture, cerebral palsy is a permanent disability with no known cure.
Unfortunately, many cerebral palsy birth injuries are entirely preventable. When mistakes are made before or during delivery, and an innocent child suffers, parents have the right to seek financial restitution through the courts. Legal compensation can be used to help offset the significant costs of raising a child with cerebral palsy.
If doctors, midwives or delivery room staff failed to detect signs of fetal distress, or deviated from accepted standards of care, they may be held liable for damages to pay for medical expenses, pain and emotional suffering, and loss of future earning potential. Here at Salamati Law, we understand the sensitive and emotionally-charged nature of birth injury litigation, and offer personalized, compassionate support. To discuss your case with a California cerebral palsy birth injury lawyer, we invite you to reach out for a free case review.
A cerebral palsy diagnosis means a lifetime of special needs, physical therapy, and expensive medical treatments that many families are ill-equipped to afford. If you suspect that your child’s health problems were caused by hospital negligence, Salamati Law is poised to help.
An estimated three out of every 1,000 U.S. children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. In about 10 percent of cases, cerebral palsy is caused by trauma or extended oxygen deprivation (hypoxia) to the baby’s brain. In addition to injury to the brain, cerebral palsy may be caused by a neurological malformation that affects the areas of the brain responsible for balance, motor control and muscle coordination. The three main types of cerebral palsy include:
Medical professionals are obligated to ensure they have the necessary training and skills to monitor the health and welfare of mother and child, particularly in high-risk pregnancies where an emergency C-section may be necessary.
Lapses in judgement or mistakes made before, during or after the delivery can have life-altering consequences for both the child and the family.
It often takes years for doctors to make a confident cerebral palsy diagnosis. Oftentimes, parents do not realize anything is amiss until their infant fails to reach normal developmental milestones like holding their head up or rolling over. Most children can be diagnosed by the age of two, though the severity and extent of the disorder may not be fully evident until the age of 5.
Every child and case is unique, and while there is no definitive list of symptoms, these are signs that doctors look out for:
Thousands of children with cerebral palsy grow up to lead relatively happy, productive lives. While there is no cure for CP, there are many therapies and medical treatments designed to enhance mobility and quality of life.
Depending on the type and severity of CP, the child may benefit from physical and occupational therapy, special schooling, surgery, medications, mobility aids, and psychiatric counseling. These can cost well over $1 million dollars throughout the course of a child’s life – a financial burden that few parents can bear.
If you suspect that your toddler or infant’s cerebral palsy was caused by negligent actions in the course of your pregnancy or delivery, you may have a viable claim for damages. The Salamati Law Firm has the experience, dedication and proven track record to help California families achieve justice and fair compensation for their child’s preventable birth injuries. Contact a cerebral palsy lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case before the statute of limitations runs out. The initial consultation is free and we operate on a no recovery – no fee basis, so there are no upfront costs.