Denver Cerebral Palsy Attorneys
When a Birth Injury Changes Your Life, We Want to Help
Cerebral palsy may be caused by substandard medical care during birth.
At Leventhal & Puga, P.C., our attorneys are parents, too, and we take birth injuries very seriously.
Partner Jim Puga focuses his practice on children who suffered cerebral palsy at the hands of doctors. He has also dedicated his spare time to the issue, teaching other attorneys and serving on the board of directors for the Birth Trauma Litigation Group at the American Association for Justice.
If you suspect that medical negligence caused your child’s injury, do not wait. Call Leventhal & Puga, P.C., to speak to a Colorado cerebral palsy attorney at once. We will investigate your situation at no initial charge, and let you know if you have a viable legal case. If you do, we will take it from there.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a neurological disorder caused by injury or malformation to the cerebrum, the part of the brain that controls motor function. The damage to the brain causes difficulty with movement and the use of muscles throughout the child’s body. There is no cure for cerebral palsy, but it is a non-progressive disorder - it will not get worse over time. It is common in the United States, and many people with CP live healthy, active lives.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Here are several risk factors and causes of cerebral palsy:
- Prolonged Labor (Fetal Distress)
- Lack of Oxygen During Birth (Perinatal Asphyxia)
- Head Trauma
- Jaundice or Kernicterus
- Birth Complications (Umbilical Cord Problems, Placenta Problems, Uterine Rupture)
The tragic thing about most of these factors is that medical science is able to prevent or treat them. Trust us - we have backgrounds in medicine, we’ve done the research, and we’ve handled hundreds of birth injury cases across the United States.
What Are the Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy?
The symptoms of cerebral palsy affect the muscles and movement of a child, even though it is a neurological disorder. These include:
- Stiff muscles, either with exaggerated reflexes or normal reflexes
- Lack of coordination
- Tremors or other involuntary movement
- Delays in reaching motor skills milestones during infancy
- Noticeably favoring one side of the body while moving
- Difficulty in walking or unusual gait
- Difficulty with eating and swallowing
- Delays in speech development or difficulty speaking
- Difficulty with precise motor skills
Cerebral palsy will manifest within the first few years of a child's life. Most treatment is aimed at helping a child learn to live with CP and developing strategies for independent living. The disabilities caused by CP are lifelong, and as a result, they are expensive to treat and overcome.
How Long Do I Have to File a Birth Injury Claim?
That depends on your state’s statute of limitations for medical malpractice. However, we advise you to take action immediately. The sooner an attorney can examine your medical records and start building a case, the better your chances of getting the compensation your child needs.
At Leventhal & Puga, P.C., we strongly believe we have a calling to help children injured at birth and their families. As parents ourselves, we know the agony of feeling "something’s wrong" and the devotion that these children need and deserve. When you are our client, your child comes first. Let us deal with the doctors and hospitals and insurance companies. Your family just needs to heal.
If your child may have suffered any kind of birth injury that led to cerebral palsy, call us immediately. Our Colorado birth injury attorneys will review your medical records for no cost, and let you know if we can help get your child the justice he or she deserves. If we take your case, we will front the costs for all expenses, and you only owe us if we get you a settlement or jury verdict.
Call (303) 759-9945 or toll-free (877) 433-3906 and put us to work for you today.
- When Childbirth Goes Wrong, Can You Sue?
- Cerebral Palsy - MedlinePlus
- Cerebral Palsy - NICHD - Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development