Chicago Cerebral Palsy Attorney
We've Obtained Millions In Jury Awards for Cerebral Palsy Cases
Early in our firm's history, we recognized that a birth injury case pits a newborn or small child against the infinite resources of the medical and insurance industries. It is our commitment to ensure that children have advocates with the support and skills necessary to bring them justice. We have effectively combined our resources with some of the most skilled trial lawyers and medical consultants in the nation.
As a team, we are committed to the most successful outcome possible for your child, and have a strong track record of success. Our attorneys have successfully obtained a $144 million jury award for a cerebral palsy-related claim. We are committed to providing our clients with aggressive legal counsel. Call us for legal help!
How Common Are Cerebral Palsy Injuries in the U.S.?
About 1 in 345 children in the United States have cerebral palsy. 1 to more than 4 babies per 1,000 children born around the world suffer from a form of CP.
Who Should Be Held Responsible for Cerebral Palsy?
The birth injury of cerebral palsy will likely require lifelong adaption for the entire family. This can include costs of therapy for the child, home care, and medical devices. If a medical care professional has failed to live up to their requirement to provide reasonable care to the mother and child, they can be held liable for the damages. Care providers can also be held accountable for the mistakes of their employees.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy can result from incidents that occur to the baby’s brain prior to birth, during labor, or immediately after birth while the newborn’s brain is still being developed. In some tragic cases, the injury is the result of medical or nursing malpractice.
Unborn babies, just like adults, need oxygen and other nutrients to sustain life and prevent serious injury. There are three common factors that will determine how brain injury impacts the child’s motor functioning skills:
- The nature of the brain injury
- Where the damage occurs
- The severity of the injury
At Beam Legal Team, we have successfully represented children permanently injured during labor and delivery or immediately after birth.
We have handled cases where medical professionals failed to perform a timely cesarean section in the following situations:
- The baby was too big
- The baby was becoming hypoxic during labor and delivery
- The baby was becoming ischemic during labor and delivery
- The baby was not developing normally and should have been delivered sooner
- The fetal heart was experiencing decelerations
- The mother was experiencing preeclampsia and/or hypertension
- Gestational diabetes and a "big baby"
- The mother's contractions were too intense and coming too quickly, not allowing the baby enough time to reperfuse.
- The premature rupture of membranes and a suspected infection
- The abruption of the placenta from the uterine wall
- A breached baby or abnormal position of the baby in utero
- Placenta previa
- A twin birth
- Improper use of forceps or a vacuum
We have also assisted clients when doctors and nurses failed to diagnose or treat:
- Seizures in the newborn nursery or NICU
- Hypoglycemia in the newborn nursery or NICU
- Polycythemia in the newborn nursery or NICU
- Hypovolemia in the newborn nursery or NICU
- Micrognathia or feeding disorders in the newborn nursery or NICU
- Infection in the newborn nursery or NICU
A child with cerebral palsy can be challenging and stressful to parents and family. It requires a high level of care, which can be costly and add financial stress to an already difficult situation. If the injury to your child was caused by substandard medical care by your hospital or doctor, you may be entitled to financial compensation to help with past and future medical costs, as well as the other damages that are part of any tragic birth injury case. Beam Legal Team advocates for the rights of injured children to obtain justice in a court of law.
What Compensation Can I Receive for a Cerebral Palsy Injury?
- Past and future medical care, including doctor’s visits, hospitalizations, emergency room visits, surgeries, rehabilitation, and medication
- The cost of therapies for your child, including recreational therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy.
- Rehabilitation costs
- The cost of mobility equipment, assistive technology, assistive equipment, mobility scooters, wheelchairs, and adaptive vehicles like vans
- The cost of home health care
- Future loss of income
- The cost of tutors and special education
- Any other monetary damages caused by cerebral palsy
Detectable Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
Symptoms of cerebral palsy will depend on where the brain was impacted and the level of damage caused. Cerebral palsy is generally evident when a child begins to communicate or move, typically around six months old.
Here are some of the common types of brain damage that can result:
- Delays in mobility, such as crawling or sitting
- Restricted range of motion
- Difficulty with coordination or balance
- Impaired reflexes
- Inability to stand upright
- Difficulty controlling the bladder or bowels
When a child reaches six years old, the extent of cerebral palsy should have been diagnosed. In addition, the type of cerebral palsy should be detectable as well.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
The types of cerebral palsy that can be diagnosed are:
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy: This is the most common type of cerebral palsy that occurs, impacting roughly 70 to 80 percent of those who experience CP. Typically, this has hypertonia effects, which impact movements in the child causing them to exaggerate movements greatly or jerk about. Some of the symptoms include awkward reflexes and stiffness in certain parts of the body. It’s caused by damage to the brain’s motor cortex. If the right side is injured, the left side of the body would experience problems, and if the left side of the motor cortex is injured, the right side of the body is affected.
- Athetoid Cerebral Palsy: This type of cerebral palsy occurs in roughly 10% of cases and causes problems with involuntary movement in your baby’s face, limbs, and torso. Some of the common symptoms include stiffness in the body, limbs that appear floppy, posture issues, and trouble eating.
- Spastic Quadriplegic Palsy: Typically, balance and coordination are impacted in children who have ataxic cerebral palsy, but there is only a small percentage of cases in which this occurs. Some of the symptoms you may recognize include speech problems, issues with depth perception, and shakiness.
- Mixed Cerebral Palsy: This occurs very rarely (less than 10% of cases) and the baby often exhibits symptoms associated with multiple types of cerebral palsy. This is displayed in various characteristics that would identify multiple brain injuries occurring.
We’ve Helped Families Like Yours
Our cerebral palsy attorneys are devoted to helping families dealing with legal battles that involve their injured children who had their lives impacted at the hands of a negligent medical practitioner.
- Here are some verdicts and settlements we’ve achieved for families like yours:
- $144,585,020 Verdict - Our team accomplished one of the highest birth injury verdicts in the history of America. The medical staff failed to estimate the weight of the baby and also mixed up two patients! The child wasn’t delivered through C-section although it should have been, resulting in severe injuries.
- $53,000,000 Verdict - We achieved this verdict after no practicing doctor was able to detect that the unborn baby was not breathing. A cesarean section wasn’t performed for 12 hours after the mother went to the hospital after noticing her baby was not moving much.
- $11,000,000 Settlement - This settlement was achieved in a case involving a baby who was in fetal distress that resulted in brain damage and cerebral palsy. The doctors and nurses confused the baby’s heart rate for the mother’s.
- $7,000,000 - In this case that was settled for $7 million, the failure to interpret the heart rate monitor and deliver the baby sooner resulted in cerebral palsy.
We Fight for Children’s Rights Across the Nation
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, we recommend you contact a birth injury attorney at Beam Legal Team. Brain injuries as a result of birth trauma can cause cerebral palsy. Another cause of cerebral palsy can be oxygen or blood deprivation to the brain in a condition known as Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE).
Here's what you need to know about cerebral palsy:
- Cerebral palsy refers to a combination of disorders that affect body position, movement, and muscle coordination.
- Cerebral refers to the brain, while palsy derives from a Greek term meaning "lack of muscle control."
A cerebral palsy diagnosis can mean a lifetime of expensive care and treatment for your child. Depending upon the severity of the condition, intensive therapy may be able to help bring about positive change. The cost of treatment can be astronomical, which can put a heavy strain on your family. Our firm will investigate the circumstances preceding your child's cerebral palsy. We will be able to recognize the signs of negligence or incompetence that may have led to the condition. When found, you can feel confident that we will aggressively seek compensation for your child that will help to relieve your family's financial burden.
Suspect Negligence? Call Beam Legal Team to Find Out.
When the brain is injured at or near the time of birth, a child may become mentally disabled. If you observed abnormal signs in your newborn and your doctor is not providing the answers you are seeking, you should immediately consult with our firm.
What Our Clients Have to Say
Our everyday obstacles can be up or down and can be challenging. But when I lay my head at night it is great knowing that Carson will be taken care of for his future. Thanks to Jack and Melody and the team at Beam Legal for taking their time and interest in our case and never giving up on us. You all are so amazing and truly unbelievable. I have come to terms with Carson's disability and the medical malpractice. I am happy to announce that I am expecting a new addition to our family. A Little Princess. I am so happy with our outcome and so glad we worked as a team to fight to the end. Sincerely, Tasha and family
-Tasha and Family
With the help of our cerebral palsy lawyers in Chicago, you can identify your child’s birth injury help you file a birth injury claim, and take the first step toward financial compensation. Our legal team is equipped to investigate your child’s case and fight for your rights, so get in touch with us today.
Paying for Your Child with Cerebral Palsy
Caring for a child with special needs, such as cerebral palsy, carries a number of costs. Some of these costs are recurring:
- Other consumables that must be purchased monthly
- Lifetime cost of care
However, the immediate costs of items such as accessible housing, wheelchairs, and a vehicle equipped to handle a wheelchair are much higher. Modifications to an existing residence to make it accessible to someone in a wheelchair can run into the tens of thousands of dollars; a simple electric wheelchair can cost five to ten thousand dollars.
The cost of a van to handle transportation of a child with cerebral palsy can be even more than these costs; a van itself can be anywhere from $5,000 to $60,000; the modifications can add ten to twenty thousand dollars on top of that amount.
Many families are not equipped to put up these kinds of up-front costs and may not have insurance to help. Medicaid coverage often does not cover the costs of some of the more expensive modifications that must be made to make a house or vehicle accessible.
There are some grants available in some states to assist those with children who have cerebral palsy in acquiring items such as an accessible vehicle.
How Do I Choose a Cerebral Palsy Lawyer?
When it comes to handling your cerebral palsy case, it is crucial that you have an attorney by your side. Not all attorneys are made equal, however, and choosing an attorney with experience and background is essential. Here are some helpful hints for finding the right lawyer to support your family and fight for financial compensation:
- Find a lawyer who specializes in cerebral palsy and other birth injury cases
- Check their reviews to get opinions from others who have previously worked with them
- Look for a professional and informational website so you can trust their knowledge
- Look at their past verdicts and success stories
Overall, you want an attorney who has a reputation for obtaining exceptional results. Our firm is known for relentlessly seeking justice and we would like to fight for you.
To review the possible causes of your child's cerebral palsy, please give our firm a call to speak with one of our Chicago cerebral palsy attorneys.