When medical malpractice results in cerebral palsy, the law recognizes that a child’s life is changed forever. The law also recognizes the undue burdens and financial strain placed on the child’s family that would not have otherwise occurred can be significant and overwhelming. Our highly focused approach on birth injury, brain injury and medical malpractice allows us to fight for the compensation a family is allowed by law. This is our focus.
Attorney Ken Stern prides itself on representing families that have been wronged in the medical setting. They focus on children that have suffered birth or brain injury, resulting in cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, or other neurologic conditions, which allows for devoting our considerable resources to improving a child’s life – through advocacy.
Narrowing the focus gives our firm the devotion to the goals of securing lifetime benefits or financial compensation for families to satisfy, or defray the high cost of medical care and other needed resources that benefit children with disabilities. When it comes to the welfare of children, there is no higher calling.
Expectant parents rely heavily on the healthcare practitioners to guide them through the pregnancy and delivery process. It’s a time of great joy, but pregnancy and delivery can be a vulnerable time for mothers and their unborn fetus or newborn. Medical malpractice occurs when a child or person is injured either on purpose, or by negligence, at the hands of a healthcare practitioner or healthcare entity that deviates from the medical standard of care in a manner that causes harm.
The root cause of birth injuries – the event or circumstance that occurs during pregnancy, labor or delivery that causes harm – can be difficult to determine, much less proven in a court of law. That’s where our firm’s competent and experienced medical malpractice team can flourish.
Once a parent steps forward seeking compensation for a child’s injury, obtaining therapies, treatments and other services becomes much easier. From that perspective, investigating the circumstances surrounding pregnancy, labor and delivery is the first step in ascertaining whether you or your child qualifies for compensation.
In many cases, birth injuries occur when a child suffers a form of trauma that is sustained during the birthing process. However, injuries that occur when a woman is pregnant, or immediately after birth, are classified as birth injuries, too.
These injuries in the beginning stages of life can have consequences that can last a lifetime, and for that reason, we rely on physicians to minimize the likelihood that something will go wrong. When something does go wrong, it’s not always the result of a medical practitioner’s careless actions or negligence, but if it is, the child may be eligible to pursue lifetime benefits, compensation to be used for future care, medical treatments and support. Parents deserve answers regarding the cause of their the child’s injury, and who is responsible for its occurrence, so they can explore the legal options that may help to better manage their child’s future care and potential.
At Stern Law, PLLC, we help parents find those answers.
Brain injury, otherwise known as traumatic brain injury or intracranial injury, is an injury caused by some external force or factor. There are different degrees of brain injury; it can present as impairment when considered minor or it can lead to severe physical disability or paralysis and/or cognitive impairment when considered severe.
For children who have developing brains still making connections, these injuries can be devastating, debilitating and cause substantial harm. Often, these injuries are caused by situations that are unsafe and/or preventable.