Medical Malpractice and Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is an often misunderstood medical term which refers to a devastating and permanent disorder that causes physical disabilities. Cerebral palsy can be the result of a damaged motor control center in the brain. It can occur before, during or quickly after birth. The motor control center in the brain is responsible for a person’s movement. If it is damaged, it can leave a person unable to walk or speak while her cognitive ability remains almost fully intact.

If other areas of a baby’s brain are damaged, the damage can have a severe impact on intellectual function.

When cerebral palsy occurs at birth it is often the result of the negligence of the doctor or hospital that delivered the newborn. The negligence can be as simple as the doctor not ordering a caesarian section, or a failure to notice and treat fetal distress.

When this occurs it is malpractice, not simple error.

A newborn needing oxygen after birth, needing an MRI or presenting signs of jaundice that don’t resolve quickly after birth; may all be signs of cerebral palsy. In some cases there may be no signs at all after birth and appear weeks or months later.

Attorneys such as myself are often called “ambulance chasers.” It is said that we seek out hospitals, doctors and nurses and exploit them for making “minor” mistakes. Why can’t we accept that medical professionals are human, too? Well, I do. People expect me to be responsible for my mistakes, we expect people to be held accountable, don’t we?

I don’t sue for minor mistakes. I sue for big errors that ruin people’s lives.

In 2011 we won a $114.5 million dollar verdict for a 15-year-old girl who will never be able to speak or walk because of the negligence and trauma that occurred at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. If it weren’t for the negligence of her doctors and nurses then she would be graduating from college in 2018 and of starting a career.

She is just one of many victories I sought justice for.  On her behalf, on your behalf, I fight — and I am not afraid to win.

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