Miami Cerebral Palsy Attorney
Proven Birth Injury Lawyers Fighting for Families Across Florida
Cerebral palsy is a permeant neurological condition with varying degrees of disability. Because an estimated 1 in 5 cases of cerebral palsy are caused by medical negligence, according to the CDC, parents who receive a CP diagnosis should take steps to explore whether it could have been prevented – and whether they have the right to hold at-fault health care providers accountable.
Cerebral palsy can create a lifetime of challenges for children and their families, which is why exercising your right to recover your damages can be crucial.
At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, we know birth injuries make for high-stakes claims. However, we’re confident we have the abilities, resources, and experience to help families navigate these challenging cases, and fight for the justice and compensation they deserve.
Why Choose GRYC?
- We’ve secured over $1 billion in recoveries for our clients.
- Our firm has secured multiple 7-figure results in complex birth injury cases.
- Our landmark cases have helped shape medical malpractice laws and victims’ rights.
- We’re backed by a full team of trial lawyers, paralegals, and medical investigators.
Since opening our doors in 1988, GRYC has cultivated a legacy of success and respect on both a national and international level. We’re passionate about our work, and about helping families overcome the many challenges of litigating complex claims against powerful corporations and insurance companies.
At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, we fight to win – and have the verdicts and settlements to show it.
During these difficult times, you can be confident in placing your trust in our caring and capable hands. Contact us to request a FREE and confidential case review.
Cerebral palsy is a complex disorder caused by a lack of oxygen and damage to the brain. Although severity ranges depending on the extent of brain damage, it can cause problems with muscle coordination, muscle tone, and motor control. Severe cases may also result in seizures.
While cerebral palsy is non-progressive, meaning it doesn’t get worse as a person grows, it can create an abundance of challenges and limitations for children and their families.
At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, we handle cases involving all types of cerebral palsy:
- Spastic cerebral palsy, the most common form of CP, involves stiff muscles that can hinder movement and control. Spastic CP may primarily affect the legs (spastic displegia / disparesis), one side of the body (spastic hemiplegia / hemiparesis), or all four limbs, torso, and face (spastic quadriplegia / quadriparesis).
- Athetoid cerebral palsy, or dyskinetic CP in cases involving HIE, is characterized by a lack of coordination and control (ataxia) and weak or loose muscles which may involuntarily contract (dyskinesia).
- Ataxic cerebral palsy affects balance and coordination, and often causes difficulties with fine motor control and tasks such as writing or reaching and grabbing items.
The Costs of Cerebral Palsy: Seeking Compensation for Damages
Given its potential for profoundly affecting a child’s mobility and motor function, cerebral palsy can result in a lifetime of repercussions. In addition to the emotional and psychological injuries children and families endure, this includes considerable costs associated with ongoing medical care, medications, medical devices, and any specialized care or therapy that accumulate over a child’s life into adulthood.
While the physical, financial, and emotional toll of cerebral palsy can certainly be immense, proper care and support can make all the difference in a child’s quality of life. When the disorder results from medical negligence, parents should not be forced to bear these burdens on their own.
A medical malpractice lawsuit, when successful, can allow families to recover compensation for economic and non-economic damages such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and psychologic anguish
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost income and earning potential
- Specialized therapy and care
Can I File a Birth Injury Lawsuit Over Cerebral Palsy?
It depends. As with many matters of the law, birth injury lawsuits alleging malpractice are incredibly fact-specific; it is impossible to say with any certainty whether you have a viable claim without reviewing and investigating the specific facts of your case.
In the most general terms, it may be possible to seek a financial recovery of damages arising from cerebral palsy through a birth injury lawsuit if the condition could and should have been prevented. While that’s a somewhat straightforward concept, proving negligence as the underlying cause of your child’s condition can be a challenging task.
By working with our medical investigators (many of whom have medical backgrounds) and collaborating with a network of experts who specialize in various fields of medicine, we can evaluate whether families have grounds to pursue legal action over a health care provider’s substandard care – specifically, a provider’s failure to provide care in accordance to the applicable standards of their profession.
A deviation from the standard of care can look different in every case. Some examples of medical errors and negligence that can cause cerebral palsy include:
- Failure to diagnose or treat risk factors during pregnancy (i.e. maternal infection, size of fetus, pre-eclampsia, etc.)
- Failure to adequately identify and address labor and deliver complications, including shoulder dystocia
- Failure to monitor fetal heart rate that can lead to oxygen deprivation, and failure to act in emergencies of fetal distress.
- C-section errors, including failure to perform an emergency C-section or delayed C-section.
- Medication errors, including improper use of Pitocin or other labor-inducing drugs.
- Negligent use of vacuum extractors or forceps
- Failure to perform prompt brain cooling therapy following brain damage.
Call (866) 629-1061 To Discuss Your Florida Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit
The medical and legal complexities of cerebral palsy claims are matched only by the emotional stakes involved. As a team of passionate advocates, Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen knows clients who’ve suffered the most serious harms depend on us to guide them through these difficult times. It’s a challenge we’ve risen to many times over our 30+ years in practice, and one we’re more than willing to take on for you and your family.
To discuss a potential case personally with an attorney, contact us. GRYC offers FREE and confidential consultations, charges no up-front fees, and handles birth injury cases on a contingent basis – meaning there’s no fee unless we win.
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Since our firm opened, we've made it our mission to get justice for our clients and their families. We've not only taken on cases that other firms had turned down, but we've also fought to get unjust laws and restrictions overturned or modified.
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Complex legal cases require extensive research, trial experience, and industry knowledge, which is why we always have a team of attorneys working on every case we take on. Our team-centric approach to litigation means that we're able to really focus on getting our clients the best possible outcome.
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We handle all of our claims on a contingency fee basis and will handle all legal fees, court costs, and expert fees related to your specific case. With decades of experience in this industry, we have a wealth of experts we work with routinely to ensure your case is handled with the utmost care.
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Our attorneys not only take the time to understand the evidence in your case, but also the pathology and medical techniques used in your specific situation. We believe that any attorney that takes on these types of cases needs to be on equal footing with medical professionals and physicians.