Ronemus & Vilensky are birth injury lawyers who have recovered millions of dollars in damages for the families of children with cerebral palsy in New York City. If your child suffers from CP, you have the right to work with NYC cerebral palsy attorneys to receive proper compensation. Preserve your rights with the help of our highly-experienced attorneys; we are among New York City’s best accident and medical malpractice law firms.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect muscle movement, posture, and muscle tone. These disorders are caused by damage to the brain as it develops, typically before a person is born. The condition can result from the negligence of doctors or other health care professionals during pregnancy, delivery, or early childhood.
Signs and symptoms of CP can appear during infancy or the early school years of an affected individual. Common signs include:
- Difficulty swallowing or chewing
- Abnormal reflexes
- Rigidity or floppiness of muscles, particularly in the limbs and trunk
- Involuntary muscle movements/spasms
- Difficulty with mobility, such as unsteady walking or balance issues
- Delays in reaching developmental milestones, particularly in young children
- Intellectual disabilities
CP can affect the whole body, or it may produce signs that are limited to only one area or side of the body. The brain damage that causes CP generally remains stable; in other words, symptoms do not worsen over time. However, some of the effects of the disorder, such as the shortening of affected muscles or flaccidity/rigidity of muscles may grow worse over the life of the affected individual.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy, and How is it Treated?
Any abnormality or trauma of the brain as it develops can trigger the development of cerebral palsy. In many patients, the exact cause is unknown. However, medical negligence or neglect on the part of healthcare professionals is one potential cause. Certain factors of pregnancy or birth, such as trauma to the developing baby’s brain during prenatal care or during delivery, heighten the risk of developing CP. Failure to accurately diagnose certain infections or exposures to toxins in the mother may also contribute to a greater risk of the disorder.
Treatment for CP is a complex and long-term process, with a combination of medications, physical therapy, and mental health support required to ensure the affected individual is receiving adequate care. In severe cases, surgeries to correct muscular imbalances and contraction or shrinking may be required. As an affected individual ages, around-the-clock care may be needed, causing significant financial burdens for the individual and his or her family members.
Can a Medical Malpractice Attorney Help?
If medical malpractice or negligence is suspected as the cause of the development of cerebral palsy, individuals and their family members may wish to file a legal claim against the responsible parties. The goal of a lawsuit is to recover damages or to reach a settlement for the medical neglect. Damages are designed to cover expenses like:
- Medical expenses
- Long-term care and support
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earning potential for the victim and his/her family members
If your child has cerebral (not to be confused with Erbs Palsy) palsy and you suspect it was a result of a medical professional’s negligence or wrongdoing, please contact Ronemus & Vilensky today to speak with a qualified and caring medical malpractice attorney who can evaluate your case and determine the best course of action.
What to Look For in an NYC Cerebral Palsy Lawyer
Not all attorneys are the same when it comes to representing the victims and family members of cerebral palsy. There are specific characteristics to look for when evaluating an attorney to assist with a legal claim.
- First and foremost you want to find an attorney with a strong medical background, one who is well versed in medical procedures, their risks, and the precautions.
- This attorney needs to be able to decipher medical records and notations and to be very knowledgeable in order to determine who knew what and when.
- Your attorney should have extensive experience with accredited, highly respected medical authorities in this specialty to retain as medical experts in your case.
- It is critical to retain an attorney who has tried many cerebral palsy injury cases, due to the highly technical and complicated nature of these cases.
- And it is very important to have a caring attorney on your case who will give the time and the energy to uncover and be very versed with all the facts of your case. After all, this is your child, and so much rests on the successful outcome of this case.
If you or a loved one has been affected by cerebral palsy, the Law Offices of Ronemus & Vilensky, LLP may be able to help. Contact us today for a free consultation. Call (212) 779-7070 to speak with one of our representatives.
Ronemus & Vilensky is committed to helping the victims of CP and their family members recover the compensation they deserve. Ronemus & Vilensky is rated in the top 100 attorneys of NYC, and has been awarded the distinction of Super Lawyers for the past 13 years.