Connecticut Cerebral Palsy Lawyer

The birth of a baby should be a time filled with happiness and joy. Unfortunately, this joy quickly can turn into despair and devastation if your baby is diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

The term cerebral palsy describes a variety of chronic conditions that affect body movement and muscle coordination. It is caused by a lack of oxygen to a baby’s brain before, during, or right after the birth process.

When this lack of oxygen causes brain damage, the severity of the symptoms may vary depending on how much harm the brain actually suffered. Regardless of how “mild” or severe a cerebral palsy condition may be, the debilitating effects may last a lifetime. Learn more from a Connecticut cerebral palsy lawyer. Our malpractice attorneys at Berkowitz Hanna can help you understand your legal options if you suspect that a medical professional’s mistake led to your child developing cerebral palsy.

Do I Have a Cerebral Palsy Case?

If your baby is born with cerebral palsy or is diagnosed with the condition as a newborn, infant, or toddler, the Berkowitz Hanna cerebral palsy legal team may be able to help you determine your legal rights. Specifically, our highly-experienced attorneys can review the facts of your case, consult with experts, and may be able to identify possible instances of medical malpractice that provide a basis for financial recovery and compensation.

Because of the strict legal standards and procedural requirements that apply to birth injury medical malpractice litigation (as well as the lawyers who initiate the lawsuits), Berkowitz Hanna is unable to accept all potential cerebral palsy cases.

In some situations, however, the specific facts and available evidence may support viable claims of cerebral palsy medical malpractice. When we pursue these cases, we fight hard; and we do everything possible to recover compensation for the families who find themselves faced with a lifetime full of emotional, physical, and financial challenges.

Our Attorneys Understand Cerebral Palsy

Our specialized Connecticut attorneys understand the grave effects that cerebral palsy may have on an innocent child and the entire family – and also that these effects may be magnified if caused due to the negligence of others. Our attorneys routinely consult with obstetricians, anesthesiologists, surgeons, and other professionals who are medical experts in the many aspects of cerebral palsy.

Our team is substantially educated about the various types of cerebral palsy, causes, symptoms, possible treatment options, and more. We don’t just pretend to know about your child’s condition. Rather, we make it a priority to understand the ins and outs of your specific circumstances as well as the enormous challenges you must now endure.

Our experienced, reputable, and successful attorneys will treat you and your case with integrity, compassion, and tenacity. We pledge to craft and execute legal strategies that provide the best chances to obtain compensation for the pain and suffering you and your family face now and will face in the future.

What Are the Causes of Cerebral Palsy?

Most instances of cerebral palsy in babies result from some sort of trauma to the developing brain of the fetus during pregnancy. A problem with the fetus or the pregnant mother causes the injury to the fetal brain – resulting in congenital cerebral palsy (i.e., the baby is born with the condition).

In other instances, babies who are not born with cerebral palsy may develop the condition before, during, or right after the birth process. It is when this happens, you, as a parent, may wish to hold responsible those who caused or may have caused the injury to your baby’s brain.

And, while nothing can turn back the clock and stop what went wrong, you and your family may be able to obtain financial compensation for pain and suffering as well as for the tremendous expenses associated with a lifetime of care and treatment.

Our skilled Connecticut attorneys handle cases that deal with many of the medical malpractice mistakes associated with causing or potentially causing cerebral palsy in babies, including the following:

  • Delayed C-Section: A delayed C-Section can result in a predicament where a lack of oxygen reaches the baby’s brain.
  • Failure to monitor the heart rate of fetus and mother during labor and delivery: Doctors and medical staff monitor heart rates for a number of reasons, one of which is to prevent a lack of oxygen to the fetal brain.
  • Failure to maintain a clear airway: Some situations dictate that a newborn’s airway be cleared through intubation or other measures. Failure to do so may result in a sufficient lack of oxygen to the brain, thus causing cerebral palsy.
  • And more.

A Successful Track Record

*At Berkowitz Hanna, we do not and will never guarantee a financial recovery in your case, either through settlement or a court-ordered verdict.*

However, we are proud to acknowledge our experience and a successful track record in obtaining favorable outcomes for many of our clients whose babies suffered birth injuries, including cerebral palsy, including the following recoveries and awards:

  • $9,000,000.00 medical malpractice recovery against an obstetrician and a hospital whose failure to timely deliver the infant plaintiff, despite signs of fetal distress, left her severely brain-damaged.
  • $4,850,000.00 medical malpractice settlement on behalf of an infant who sustained a hypoxic brain injury as a result of a hospital neonatal intensive care unit’s negligent airway management.
  • $4,750,000.00 medical malpractice award on behalf of a child who sustained brain damage as a result of a hospital’s negligent airway management.
  • $3,000,000.00 medical malpractice recovery against an anesthesiologist whose negligent administration of spinal anesthesia left an infant plaintiff profoundly brain-damaged.
  • $3,000,000.00 medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a brain-damaged newborn against a hospital as a result of the hospital’s failure to timely deliver said newborn despite signs and symptoms of fetal distress.
  • Confidential wrongful death medical malpractice settlement on behalf of the estate of a baby that died prior to delivery as a result of the negligent failure of a hospital and obstetrician to timely deliver our client despite signs and symptoms of her fetal distress.
  • Confidential medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a baby who sustained a paralyzed arm as a result of her medical providers’ improper shoulder dystocia maneuvers during delivery.
  • Confidential medical malpractice settlement against a hospital on behalf of a baby that sustained permanent nerve damage to his arm as a result of excessive stretching of her head during delivery.
  • Confidential settlement on behalf of a baby that sustained permanent nerve injuries to her arm as a result of excessive stretching of her head during delivery.

Contact a Connecticut Cerebral Palsy Attorney to Discuss Your Case

If your child has been diagnosed with some form of cerebral palsy and you believe medical malpractice is the cause, you owe it your child and yourself to explore your options. Discuss your case with a reputable, experienced medical malpractice attorney who specializes in representing clients in birth injury cases.

Your child may require medical treatment for cerebral palsy for the rest of his or her life, including expensive therapies, medications, and the need for special equipment and home modifications.

Our offices in Danbury, Bridgeport, Shelton, and Stamford handle cerebral palsy cases from across the state. Call or visit our online contact form to schedule a complimentary consultation with an experienced Connecticut cerebral palsy lawyer today.