Cerebral Palsy Attorneys in Wilkes-Barre, PA

Wilkes-Barre Birth injury lawyers specialized in cerebral palsy cases

Fighting preventable cerebral palsy for 30+ years

At Latona Law, we believe every birth injury deserves to be investigated. Often, the result of the injury is cerebral palsy. Many times, the condition is unavoidable. However, sometimes a doctor, nurse, or caregiver made an error or was negligent. Unfortunately, these mistakes can happen at any point of the pregnancy. Furthermore, they could be the cause of the child’s cerebral palsy. There are two major indicators that an investigation is necessary. First, if at any time during a pregnancy, the baby suffered an injury. Second, any period where there was a restricted, or lack of, oxygen to the infant.

In many cases, these situations are preventable without these errors, or with quicker decision making. If your child is newborn up to 20 years oldcontact us for a free consultation. Remember, should we proceed with a claim, there are no costs or fees until we get justice.

Types of CP cases we handle

  • Spastic Cerebral Palsy
  • Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy (Athetoid, Choreoathetoid, Dystonic)
  • Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
  • Mixed Cerebral Palsy

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Suspect CP due to a malpractice? Here’s what you should do:

  1. Speak to your pediatrician: First, any parent who suspects a birth injury should go to their pediatrician. Because, a pediatrician can help determine if it is a birth injury, or a normal developmental delay.
  2. Examine the simple indicators: Then, try to remember at the time of birth if the infant had a blueish cast to their skin. Importantly, this could indicate a lack of oxygen to the brain. Consequently, the possibility of a birth injury, and the cause of their cerebral palsy.
  3. Analyze technical birth injury indicators: Next, you should consider A.P.G.A.R. scores. To clarify, A.P.G.A.R. stands for appearance, pulse, grimace, activity and respiration. At the time, if these scores are low, it could suggest there was some complication. Also, there could have been birth injury that  caused cerebral palsy. If interested, read more about A.P.G.A.R. scores.
  4. Investigate Immediately- Be aware, It takes extensive medical malpractice experience to identify preventable birth injuries and too often the cases do not get the proper attention. Therefore, we suggest you investigate immediately. Contact our cerebral palsy team for a free consultation.

Newborn up to 20 years, but don’t delay, Act Now

When dealing with a preventable birth injury, time is one of the most critical factors. While the statutes in Pennsylvania allow for lawsuits to be files up until the child’s 20th birthday, do not delay. Investigate immediately. According to the CDC, CP is usually diagnosed within 2 years after birth.

Keep in mind, the facts and details required for a medical malpractice claim are much more accurate, and easy to attain, when conducted recently after the injury or diagnosis. That is why, Latona Law offers free consultations with no cost or fees to your family until we recover compensation. Initially, our CP attorneys will conduct a brief phone interview. Subsequently, a lengthier interview will be required. This is to gather details and provide your family with all the available options.

 Hiring an Experienced Cerebral Palsy Law Firm

In these cases, it is critical to make sure a law firm has the appropriate, and necessary, experience to handle your specific case. This is a crucial first step to considering filing a legal claim for medical malpractice. Remember, the healthcare providers have virtually infinite resources to avoid taking responsibility for medical errors.

Latona Law has the most cerebral palsy and birth injury experience in northeastern Pennsylvania. Furthermore, we bring our successful approach and all the resources needed to successfully recover compensation. Most importantly, the duration that the disabilities will affect both the child and family needs to be considered by an experienced legal team. It is possible to win compensation for past, present and future medical expenses, in addition to other damages in CP malpractice cases. 

Common Medical Errors That Cause Cerebral Palsy

While cerebral palsy is not usually preventable, there are situations where it may have been prevented. Doctors, nurses, or other caregivers may not have properly identified, monitored, or treated symptoms late in the pregnancy, during delivery, or while the baby was still at the hospital.

  • Leaving a child in the birth canal too long causing a lack of oxygen to the brain
  • Lack of recognition and treatment of seizures following delivery
  • Failure to detect a prolapsed cord
  • Excessive use of vacuum extraction
  • Failure to perform a C-section in the presence of fetal distress
  • Not responding to changes in the fetal heart rate
  • When risk factors are present, did not adjust or plan for a c-section.
  • Failure to timely diagnose and treat jaundice, sepsis and meningitis

What Is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that appear early in childhood. These disorders can range from mild to severe and mostly affect motor coordination and muscle movement. Cerebral palsy is characterized by damage to the brain and can be manifested both physically and intellectually.

Physical impairments may include movement, balance and posture. Legs, arms and facial muscles may be affected. All or some of the limbs may be involved. Intellectual impairments may include an inability to think or learn at an age appropriate level.

    Cerebral Palsy Signs and Symptoms

    Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

    Physical impairments may include movement, balance, and posture. Legs, arms, and facial muscles may also be affected. All or some of the limbs may be involved. Furthermore, intellectual impairments may include an inability to think or learn at an age appropriate level. Most often, injury to the child’s brain occurs during pregnancy, during childbirth, or shortly after childbirth. As a result, speech, reading, writing, and communication can also be affected. Also, seizures, vision and hearing, eating and developmental delays are also common. Finally, movement, balance, and posture are also often affected by cerebral palsy.

     

    Signs of Cerebral Palsy

    Seizures
    Speech delays
    Delayed milestones
    Problems with muscle tone
    Intellectual disabilities
    Involuntary movements or tremors
    Lack of muscle coordination (ataxia)
    Difficulty with sucking or eating
    And others