NEW YORK CEREBRAL PALSY ATTORNEYS SONIN & GENIS
About 764,000 children and adults have Cerebral Palsy (CP) in the USA. About 10,000 babies born each year will develop CP. Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a disabling condition that can be prevented from occurring.
If your child or a loved one has suffered a birth injury due to medical malpractice, call the successful, experienced, skilled, knowledgeable and hard-working New York Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy Birth Injury Lawyers at Sonin & Genis. We are proud that one of our medical malpractice settlements was written up as one of the top settlements of the year in the National Law Journal, New York Law Journal and ALM Verdictsearch.
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. CP is the most common motor disability in childhood. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. CP is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects a person’s ability to control his or her muscles. CP is the most common motor disability during childhood. Spastic CP is the most common type of CP, found among 80 % of children with CP. Medical costs for children with CP and intellectual disability are extremely high.
Basic patient safety rules and the standards of care require healthcare providers to be aware of and identify risk factors for Cerebral Palsy, and to properly and promptly treat the patients, and give proper anticipatory guidance to prevent CP from occurring. Healthcare providers that negligently choose to violate the standards of care, ignore the following risks or fail to properly and promptly treat the following conditions, commit medical malpractice, and their acts or omissions are substantial contributing factors in causing Cerebral Palsy:
- Disruption of the oxygen supply during birth (birth hypoxia)
- Infection of the placental membranes (chorioamnionitis) or other signs of infection
- Low birth weight
- Premature birth
Healthcare providers choose to violate basic patient safety rules and standards of care when they ignore:
- the signs and symptoms of fetal distress
- the health of the fetus and of the mother by failing to properly and adequately monitor both
- fail to perform timely, proper and adequate prenatal examinations,
- fail to perform proper and adequate testing while the infant is in utero
- fail to give adequate and proper anticipatory guidance and advice
- fail to obtain a full and proper medical history
and fail to properly and promptly treat these conditions, resulting in a hypoxic event [loss of oxygen] or rescue the infant, and needlessly cause permanent and catastrophic injuries.
Doctors, and some medical societies, attempt to excuse their negligence by failing to recognize fetal distress for what it is, fail to give the emergent treatment that is necessary, and instead give it misleading names such “non-reassuring fetal heartbeats”.
When an infant fails to get enough oxygen, which can result in permanent brain damage and neurological problems, there are objective medical warning signs and symptoms. Tests, such fetal heart monitors and PH level blood tests, lets healthcare providers know that the baby or the mom is in trouble [distress] and the child urgently needs to be delivered, sometimes through Caesarian section, or receive proper treatment, immediately, before irreversible cerebral palsy and brain damage occurs.
Doctors are required to follow patient safety rules and standards of care. Choosing to violate these patient safety rules is never acceptable, including ignoring signs of fetal distress, which can cause brain damage or Cerebral Palsy.
NEW YORK ERB’S PALSY ATTORNEYS SONIN & GENIS
About 20,000 babies born each year will suffer from a form of Erb’s Palsy. Erb’s Palsy is a disabling condition that can be prevented from occurring.
Erb’s palsy is a form of brachial plexus palsy or shoulder dystocia. It is named for one of the doctors who first described this condition, Wilhelm Erb. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves near the neck that give rise to all the nerves of the arm. These nerves provide movement and feeling to the arm, hand, and fingers. Palsy means weakness, and brachial plexus birth palsy causes arm weakness and loss of motion.
A frequent cause of this condition is excessive pulling on the shoulders during delivery by the medical provider. A healthcare provider that does so has negligently chosen to violate basic patient safety rules and the standards of care, and has caused this permanent and disabling injury by their medical malpractice.
Where a child cannot be safely delivered vaginally, because of its size or position in the womb or the mother’s internal structure, after good and accepted medical practices are unsuccessful, the child may need to be delivered through Caesarian section to prevent permanently damaging the baby’s arm. Instead, the doctor may force or yank the baby out of the mother, damaging the main nerve bundle between the baby’s neck and upper shoulder.
Healthcare providers that choose to violate the standards of care ignore the following risks or fail to properly and promptly treat the following conditions, commit medical malpractice, and their acts or omissions are substantial contributing factors in causing Erb’s Palsy:
- Size of fetus (macrosomia)
- Maternal obesity
- Maternal diabetes
- Prolonged gestation
- Maternal pelvic anatomy
- Maternal age
Health care providers that choose to violate basic patient safety rules or standards of care and ignore these conditions and risk factors and fail to give prompt and proper care unnecessarily risk the lives of the baby and the mother, and can needlessly cause and allow Erb’s Palsy, a permanently disabling condition, to occur.
CEREBRAL PALSY AND ERB’S PALSY ARE PREVENTABLE
The failure of a doctor to choose to follow basic patient safety rules and promptly and properly diagnose and treat some of the other causes of these conditions may also result in these catastrophic injuries.
Health care providers that choose to violate basic patient safety rules or standards of care and ignore these conditions and risk factors and fail to give prompt and proper care unnecessarily risk the lives of the baby and the mother, and can needlessly cause and allow Cerebral Palsy or Erb’s Palsy, permanently disabling conditions, to occur.
Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy are preventable and devastating conditions that cause a variety of permanent mental disabilities and physical deformities.
It is the duty of the medical professional to follow good and accepted practices and standards of care and NEVER allow a patient to be needlessly exposed to harm.
Standards of care exist for the benefit and protection of the patient, not the doctor or healthcare provider. Patient safety should come first, not doctor or insurance company profits. Being a doctor or healthcare provider is a privilege, not an excuse.
Failure to recognize and properly treat can also result in an abnormal or difficult birth and induce harmful trauma to the child’s brain and body. Health care providers are responsible for the life-long physical and mental conditions inflicted on the child as a result of Cerebral or Erb’s Palsy caused by their negligence.
WHY YOU NEED BRONX CEREBRAL PALSY AND ERB’S PALSY LAWYERS
Healthcare professionals that choose to violate these patient safety rules are responsible for all harms and losses they needlessly cause, and the top notch Bronx Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy Lawyers at Sonin & Genis will work tirelessly to hold them accountable by obtaining full and fair compensation for our clients.
At Sonin & Genis our experienced New York Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy attorneys can help you determine if your loved one’s condition was caused by medical malpractice and bring the parties responsible to justice. Known as “the heavy hitters with heart,” we are dedicated to wining the compensation you deserve in order to alleviate your worries and fears about the ability of caring for your child in the future.
Attorneys at Sonin & Genis, will fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve so that you get all the help and fixes you need.
UNDERSTANDING CEREBRAL AND ERB’S PALSY
Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy are life altering, irreversible conditions that deeply affect the quality of life for both the child and their entire family. Sonin & Genis’ expert medical malpractice lawyers will conduct an extensive analysis of your child’s medical history and help you determine if the medical professionals were responsible for your child’s condition.
There is no cure for Cerebral Palsy or Erb’s Palsy, but with the proper care, their lives and the lives of their families that care for them can be made better. A child that suffers from one of these conditions will suffer a variety of problems and complications, such as:
◦ brain damage
◦ spastic quadriplegia
◦ sight and perception losses
◦ sensory and speech impairments
◦ bone, muscle, tendon and joint deformities
◦ movement disorders
◦ severe physical disabilities and handicaps
◦ pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life
Sonin & Genis provides help and fixes to these problems. We work with qualified experts, such as Life Care Planners who will research what the lifelong needs of the child are to have a good a life as possible, and get all of the top quality care they need for the rest of their lives, and qualified economists, who will explain what the costs of such round the clock life long care will cost over the life of the child, factoring in the ever rising rates of medical inflation. By investigating how to help and fix the problem, we give your family hope for a better future and a jury a roadmap of how to ensure that all the needs of a catastrophically injured child are met.
We believe that until justice is done, the injured family cannot have closure and move forward. Until the wrong is righted and full compensation is made, the loss will not be filled. Unless the wrongdoer is held accountable, the rest of our society will bear and pay for the burden of caring for an innocent and catastrophically injured child.
Unless we hold healthcare providers responsible and accountable for their negligence, the quality of medical care in our community will decrease and worsen. By holding them accountable, the quality of care will get better and safer for our community.
THE ADVANTAGE OF AN EXPERT NEW YORK CEREBRAL PALSY LAWYER
Our accomplished medical malpractice lawyers at Sonin & Genis understand how difficult it can be to take care of a child afflicted with either Cerebral or Erb’s Palsy. Medical and other treatment and care for these conditions is extremely expensive and time-consuming. We are dedicated to fighting for you and your child, so you can receive the financial compensation and peace of mind that you deserve.
People with severe disabilities and injuries need full compensation to pay for good medical and nursing care and treatment, rehabilitation and therapy, medications, special devices and appliances, expensive accommodations or modifications to their homes, means of transportation and home care. People that have unnecessarily had their ability to work and support themselves and their families taken away deserve to get the earnings back that they would have made, but for the defendant’s negligence. And fair compensation for their loss of enjoyment of life, emotional upset and their pain and suffering.
When proper or good and accepted medical procedures or practices were violated or medical negligence caused your child’s condition, our accomplished medical malpractice lawyers know exactly what evidence to look for and who to talk in order to prove the truth and win your case, so you can obtain compensatory damages for all the harms and losses sustained, including physical and emotional pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Sonin & Genis has earned a reputation as “the go-to lawyers” because of our unwillingness to back away from tough cases. Many of our cases are referred from other attorneys who trust us to take on powerful insurance companies and win large settlements for our clients.
When people suffer unnecessary harms and losses, we get them the help and fixes they need. We help what is an otherwise hopeless situation. Juries that know what the true facts are and follow the law, can allow a fair money verdict that will help fix the harms the defendant needlessly caused. We are proud that through tireless preparation, hard work, knowledge of medicine and law, and skillful presentation, we help the jury do justice.
It’s important to act quickly. If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice involving a municipal hospital, one that is owned, operated or funded by the City, such as the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation [NYCH&HC], a County, the State or Federal government – a Notice of Claim is required, a legal document that explains your claim, and must usually be prepared by your attorneys and served on the municipality within 90 days of injury, and sometimes even sooner. Some private hospitals receive federal funds, and a claim must be filed with the federal government. Because wherever possible records must be obtained and reviewed before the Notice of Claim is prepared and filed, time is of the essence and it is vital that you act quickly!
At Sonin & Genis, we know that you have more important things to worry about than getting records and preparing and filing legal documents, so we take of everything so that you can focus on taking care of your family, so call the experienced New York Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy lawyers at Sonin & Genis.
There are short Statutes of Limitations within which to commence a lawsuit to protect your rights, so it is important to act quickly!
If you or a loved one has a child with Cerebral or Erb’s Palsy, call Sonin & Genis (718-561-4444) to speak to an expert New York cerebral palsy attorney today.
*Sonin & Genis has taught CLE classes on Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy cases