Does your child have cerebral palsy as a result of a birth injury during pregnancy or delivery? Jim McEldrew is a Past President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and has been handling cases of medical malpractice for over thirty years.
If you suspect medical malpractice was the cause of your child’s cerebral palsy, contact our attorneys in Philadelphia for a free legal review of the medical file from your pregnancy. We will consult with our medical experts about the facts of your case and represent you if a lawsuit is warranted against the treating doctor, obstetrician or hospital. We will represent individuals in cases of medical negligence in Pennsylvania and South Jersey.
Was Medical Malpractice the Cause of My Child’s Cerebral Palsy?
Medical malpractice by an ob/gyn before or during delivery is not the only cause of this birth injury. A child may have cerebral palsy through no fault of the obstretician, nurses and and the rest of the medical team. The mother, for example, may have developed an infection that results in brain damage to the baby while in the womb.
In other cases, cerebral palsy is the result of a mistake by the obstetrician or treating doctor. If the head injury or lack of oxygen that causes the brain injury may have been prevented by a doctor’s performance of the medical standard of care, then a medical malpractice attorney should be contacted to determine whether a lawsuit should be brought. A review of the medical file may determine that the injury was caused by the failure to detect or treat an infection during pregnancy, the failure to perform a C-section when the baby is too large or otherwise in fetal distress, or the negligent use of medical instruments, such as a vacuum or forceps, during delivery.
If you suspect malpractice, call 1-800-ATTORNEY. Our medical malpractice lawyers will review the medical file from your pregnancy to determine whether the injury may have resulted from a mistake by the doctor or hospital.
What Will a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Accomplish?
Cover the Costs of Medical Treatment
Many families file a medical malpractice lawsuit because there is no other way to afford the high costs of care for individuals with a brain injury. The costs of raising a child with CP can be extraordinary. On average, cerebral palsy adds roughly $1 million in costs to the raising and medical care of an individual. When combined with the potential for lost wages and the high toll of pain & suffering, the birth injury can be quite costly on a family.
About Cerebral Palsy
What is it?
CP is the term for a group of disorders that impair muscle coordination. It is a permanent condition that develops during pregnancy or shortly after the birth of the child. Every year, 8,000 to 10,000 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Many individuals with the condition are able to lead a normal life span. As a result, there are roughly 750,000 people in the United States living with CP.
Treatment of Cerebral Palsy
There is no cure for cerebral palsy as the brain injury can not be healed. However, medical treatment allows many individuals with CP to improve their quality of life and reduce the complications from their injury. Depending on the severity of the condition, treatments range from physical therapy, medical devices, medicines to control the symptoms of CP, pain management and even surgery. These treatments may allow an individual with cerebral palsy to become more independent, improve their mobility, control pain and otherwise improve their life.
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About McEldrew Young
Our trial attorneys are ready to litigate on your behalf. They have handled thousands of oral arguments, mediations, arbitrations and jury trials. James J. McEldrew, III is a Past President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. He has an extensive set of contacts with local and national physicians in order to have your medical file expertly reviewed to determine whether there has been a case of medical malpractice.
Against Big Business
Our lawyers have sued some of the largest health care companies, insurance companies, local hospitals and other corporations both in the local area and nationally. We may be a small team but we carefully select cases so that we have the resources to litigate them properly and we are not allocating our time to a case that we don’t think we have a shot of winning.
For Individuals & Families
We represent our personal injury clients on a contingency fee basis. This means that there is no upfront cost to hire us and you owe nothing to us unless we receive a recovery for you. We know that litigation is expensive and our clients generally don’t have the money to front the cost to take a case to trial. Our personal injury practice consists largely of the representation of individuals and families in the five counties that make up the Philadelphia area, including Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties.