Helping the Victims of Cerebral Palsy and Other Birth Injuries throughout Illinois
Cerebral palsy is a group of neurological disorders caused by brain abnormalities that occur during delivery or early in fetal development. Cerebral palsy affects sensation, muscle control, head control, walking, muscle tone, coordination, balance and cognitive functioning. The severity of cerebral palsy can vary widely from one child to another.
At Cogan & Power, P.C., our Chicago birth injury attorneys understand that a diagnosis of cerebral palsy for your child can be a devastating and life-changing event. You are worried about your child’s health and well being, as well as the financial impact of the necessary medical treatment. You may also wonder if the condition could have been prevented or if your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by obstetrical negligence or medical malpractice. We can answer these questions for you and advise you on the appropriate legal steps to take to protect the interests of you and your child.
We have obtained a number of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in birth injury cases, including a record-breaking $7.650 million verdict in a case in which a baby suffered from cerebral palsy caused by the obstetrical negligence of a nurse who misread fetal heart monitor strips.
Distinctly Qualified to Handle Cerebral Palsy Lawsuits
Approximately 10,000 children develop cerebral palsy each year, often due to the medical negligence of a doctor, midwife, nurse, hospital, or other health care provider. At Cogan & Power, our Chicago birth injury attorneys have considerable experience representing and advocating on behalf of those affected by cerebral palsy. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial challenges you may be facing, and we can offer you the straight-forward, honest, practical legal advice you need. Together, we will advocate aggressively on your behalf, so that you can focus on the important work of healing.
Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is usually caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls muscle function, which can occur during pregnancy or during childbirth, if a doctor or healthcare provider fails to monitor and adequately address fetal distress. Cerebral palsy may also be caused by decreased blood flow to the baby’s brain, as well as the misuse of forceps or vacuum extraction. Specifically, some of the possible causes of cerebral palsy include:
- Failure to adequately monitor the mother or baby before and during childbirth
- Failure to promptly address signs of fetal distress
- Failure to properly administer Pitocin
- Failure to perform a timely c-section when necessary
- Infection during pregnancy
- Prolonged bleeding in baby’s brain after birth
Cerebral Palsy Due to Medical Malpractice
If you suspect that your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by obstetrical negligence or medical malpractice, you should promptly consult with a skilled Illinois birth injury attorney like those at Cogan & Power. You may be able to recover for your child’s medical bills, rehabilitation treatments, and other expenses in a medical malpractice lawsuit, but it is important to act quickly to meet the applicable statutes of limitations.
As dedicated Chicago medical malpractice attorneys, we are committed to providing our clients with exceptional legal representation and vigorous legal advocacy to get them the compensation that they need and deserve. We are invested in the overall well being of our clients, meeting with them in their homes when it is difficult for them to travel.
Contact our office today at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with one of our compassionate and skilled Chicago cerebral palsy lawyers. If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you. And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.