Cerebral Palsy Lawyers in New Jersey
Cerebral palsy (CP) is one of the most catastrophic, heart wrenching birth injuries, partly because this lifelong condition can usually be prevented with timely delivery of the baby. This traumatic birth injury affects the brain and central nervous system, including parts of the body that controls motor skills, muscles, cognition, sight, and hearing. Cerebral palsy is caused by low oxygen levels in the baby’s brain due to physical conditions in the womb, fetal distress, medical errors, and delayed C-sections.
Causes of Cerebral Palsy due to Medical Obstetric Malpractice
Depressed oxygen levels can damage the brain before and during delivery or after birth. Birth asphyxia, a condition related to hypoxia, accounts for ten percent of severe cerebral palsy cases, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Each year, 8,000 individuals are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The Mayo Clinic estimates that cerebral palsy affects 3 out of every 1,000 children born in New Jersey and throughout the United States.
Cerebral palsy caused by medical malpractice commonly occurs in these situations:
- Labor and delivery room doctors and nurses fail to monitor fetal heart rate.
- Prolapsed or compressed umbilical cords are not detected.
- Infections and underlying health concerns are not treated during pregnancy.
- Emergency medical procedures are delayed or not performed.
- Hospital staff and anesthesiologists are not available in time.
Common Forms of Cerebral Palsy Caused by Medical Obstetric Malpractice
While cerebral palsy doesn’t shorten a child’s life, it does affect its quality. Depending on what portion of the brain was affected and the extent of the damage, the patient might be confined to a wheelchair, require mobility aids, or suffer from a limp and muscle weakness. The Mayo Clinic recognizes these forms of cerebral palsy:
- Spastic cerebral palsy affects the muscles and reflexes. It accounts for three-quarters of CP cases.
- Athetoid cerebral palsy is associated with writhing muscle movements, tremors, and spasms. This condition makes up to twenty percent of cases.
- Ataxic cerebral palsy causes involuntary muscle movements and poor coordination. It is present in approximately five percent of CP patients.
Some individuals suffer from mixed-type cerebral palsy that includes a combination of these symptoms. The negative outcome such as the conditions above that are a result of cerebral palsy malpractice should not be taken lightly and victims should seek justice through a cerebral palsy lawsuit with the right cerebral palsy lawyers.
Cerebral Palsy Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in New Jersey
At the New Jersey birth injury law firm of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, our New Jersey cerebral palsy lawyers will aggressively handle your CP medical malpractice case and help you get justice in your cerebral palsy lawsuit against negligent hospitals, nurses, and obstetricians. Delayed C-sections cause many cerebral palsy cases, and we have successfully recovered one of the largest birth injury damages recoveries in New Jersey history, securing an $18.5 million birth injury jury verdict on behalf of a New Jersey family whose son developed cerebral palsy when a C-section was improperly delayed by the obstetrician. Recently, we won a $13 million settlement for an infant born with CP due to medical malpractice which led to a delayed C-Section. We have also been named to the Best New Jersey Medical Malpractice Attorneys list by the Best Lawyers in America. In 2021 and 2023, we were named by the National Law Journal as the Medical Malpractice Law firm of the year for not only New Jersey but for the entire country. Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
New Jersey Cerebral Palsy Lawyers
If your child suffers from cerebral palsy or other birth injury due to suspected medical malpractice or delays in care contact the New Jersey birth injury lawyers at Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman. Our New Jersey cerebral palsy attorneys will respond as soon as possible to discuss your CP medical malpractice case and figure out a strategy that will enable us to win your cerebral palsy lawsuit.