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Birth Injury

Failure to properly monitor infant’s oxygen levels, resulting in cerebral palsy, spastic quadriparesis and brain trauma.


Birth Injury

Failure to perform a cesarean section resulting in cerebral palsy and brain trauma.


Birth Injury

Failure to diagnose fetal distress resulting in neurologic impairment.

NYC Cerebral Palsy And Erb’s Palsy Lawyers

When a doctor, obstetrician or other medical professional fails to monitor the health and wellness of mother and child during delivery and fails to recognize fetal distress, serious brain and nerve damage can occur in an infant. The two conditions associated with this form of negligence are cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy.

At Paul B. Weitz & Associates, PC, we understand the full scope of physical, mental and financial challenges these two conditions will present you and your child. For more than 50 years, we have helped families navigate the emotional and legal struggle of a medical malpractice claim. We know what needs to be done to ensure you recover maximum compensation for your child’s present and future medical needs.

What Are Cerebral And Erb’s Palsy?

Cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy are birth injuries caused by medical negligence and result in lifelong physical disability. While cerebral palsy occurs when a fetus’s brain is deprived of oxygen during pregnancy or delivery, Erb’s palsy occurs when an infant suffers damage to a specific area on the baby’s neck.

Babies born with cerebral palsy typically have difficulty with body movement, muscle coordination and other issues involving muscle control. Babies born with Erb’s palsy also experience movement issues in their fingers, hands and arms because of damage to their nerves.

Our Experienced New York Birth Injury Lawyers Can Help

When a birth injury leaves your child physically disabled for the rest of his or her life, you need someone on your side who will fight to get you and your family the full and fair compensation you deserve. Whether we settle your case outside of court or through a jury trial, you can rest assured knowing that the compassionate birth injury attorneys at Paul B. Weitz & Associates, PC, have you and your child’s best interests at heart.

In addition to helping you file a medical malpractice claim to recover compensation for your medical bills, we can also guide you through the process of enrolling in New York’s Medical Indemnity Fund, which was specifically established to provide funding to children who have suffered neurological injuries during birth.

What Are The Most Common Reasons Cerebral Palsy Injuries Occur?

While proactive prenatal care can reduce the chances of cerebral palsy, it can still develop due to a variety of factors:

  • Lack of oxygen to the brain during labor or delivery
  • Trauma during childbirth
  • Infections during pregnancy
  • Genetic factors
  • Maternal health issues

Cerebral palsy can result from a variety of factors, including medical negligence, improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors during delivery and failure to monitor fetal distress. These issues can lead to brain damage that causes cerebral palsy.

Understanding The Various Forms Of Cerebral Palsy

There are several types of cerebral palsy, including:

  • Spastic cerebral palsy, characterized by muscle stiffness and difficulty moving
  • Dyskinetic cerebral palsy, involving involuntary movements
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy, affecting balance and coordination
  • Mixed cerebral palsy, combining symptoms of the other types

Each form presents unique challenges and may require different treatments and therapies.

How Can You Identify The Signs And Symptoms Of Cerebral Palsy In Your Child?

Early signs of cerebral palsy may include delays in reaching developmental milestones, muscle stiffness or weakness, poor coordination, tremors, and difficulty with fine motor skills. As your child grows, you may notice issues with walking, speech and muscle control. If you have concerns about your child’s development or suspect cerebral palsy, it is crucial to consult with a doctor for a thorough evaluation.

Who Can File A Cerebral Palsy Or Erb’s Palsy Lawsuit?

The medical expenses associated with a birth injury can be extremely expensive. In cases of cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy resulting from medical malpractice during childbirth, the child’s parents or legal guardians typically have the right to file a birth injury lawsuit on their behalf. This is because children with these conditions may require lifelong care and support due to the negligence of medical professionals. As experienced birth injury lawyers serving the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens areas, we can assist you in navigating the legal process and fighting for justice on behalf of your child. We help with your entire case, from gathering medical records to hiring outside brain injury experts. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your case and determine the best course of action for seeking compensation.

Get A Free Consultation In English Or Spanish

You may have the right to financial compensation. To schedule a free initial consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer at our firm, contact our office in New York City by calling 646-916-3179 or by setting up an appointment online. We can help you throughout the whole state. Se habla español.