Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit

Cerebral palsy (CP) is often caused by a preventable injury before, during, or shortly after a child’s delivery. Filing a cerebral palsy lawsuit may allow you to hold those responsible for your child’s injuries accountable and pursue compensation to help pay for their treatment.

The average cerebral palsy lawsuit payout is $1 Million. Call (800) 995-1212 now to see if our lawyers can fight for the money your family deserves.

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Filing a Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit for Your Child in 2024

When a doctor or medical professional makes a mistake before or after delivery that results in a birth injury, the child and their family are often left to face lasting consequences.

If your child has cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice or negligence, you may be able to take legal action and pursue compensation on their behalf.

By filing a cerebral palsy lawsuit, many families have been able to:

  • Get justice for the injury their child suffered as a result of improper care
  • Hold the doctor, medical professionals, or hospital responsible
  • Prevent others from experiencing the same pain they went through
  • Secure an average cerebral palsy settlement of $1 Million for their child

At Sokolove Law, we’ve recovered more than $917 Million for families affected by birth injuries like cerebral palsy across the country.

We’ll handle every step of the legal process for your family, from finding evidence of negligence to filing your CP lawsuit — at no out-of-pocket cost.

Contact Sokolove Law now to see if our CP lawyers can help your family get justice for your child.

Why Can You Sue for Cerebral Palsy?

Many cerebral palsy cases can be linked to medical errors or mistakes made by a doctor or health care professional.

Between 85% and 90% of CP cases are congenital, which means brain damage occurred before or during birth.

Medical malpractice may have occurred if a medical professional failed to:

  • Notice or treat jaundice before it worsened to kernicterus, a form of brain damage
  • Perform a C-section (cesarean section) during a difficult delivery
  • Recognize or promptly address signs of fetal distress
  • Set up the medical equipment or delivery room in time
  • Use delivery tools like forceps or vacuum extractors properly

If you believe medical malpractice or negligence caused your child’s condition, you may be entitled to compensation from a CP lawsuit.

Call (800) 995-1212 now for free help determining if medical malpractice may have played a role in your child’s injury.

“After a traumatic birth, our daughter faces numerous issues, and I can't work as I need to care for her. Sokolove Law stepped in and helped us fight for justice. With their help, we can breathe a little easier, knowing our daughter's needs will be met.”
– Sokolove Law Birth Injury Client

Our Past Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit Settlements

As of June 2024, we’ve secured over $917 Million on behalf of families affected by cerebral palsy and other birth injuries.

Some of our past cerebral palsy lawsuit settlements and verdicts include:

  • Over $10.4 Million for a Pennsylvania family
  • $9 Million to the family of a 5-year-old in Colorado
  • $8 Million on behalf of a family in New York
  • $7.8 Million for a family in Florida
  • $6 Million to a child in New York with CP from untreated jaundice
  • $5.9 Million for a Texas child who developed CP due to delayed medical care
  • $4.1 Million to a New Jersey child who suffered fetal distress and umbilical cord strangulation
  • $4 Million on behalf of a child in Michigan
  • $3.25 Million for a child in Tennessee

While there’s never a guarantee of compensation in any case, we’ll fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve.

Get a free case review now to see if we may be able to help you pursue cerebral palsy lawsuit settlements.

Get the Help Your Child Deserves

If you have a case, our cerebral palsy lawyers can fight for the justice and compensation your family deserves.

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Who Can Sue for Cerebral Palsy Malpractice?

The parents or guardians of a child with cerebral palsy may be able to sue the doctors or hospitals responsible if medical malpractice played a role in the child’s injury.

This may include the child’s: 

  • Mother
  • Father
  • Legal guardian
  • Estate representative

Even if your child doesn’t have a diagnosis yet or you aren’t sure what happened, contact Sokolove Law today.

Sokolove Law has registered nurses on staff who can listen to your story and help you understand what may have happened.

We can help you figure out if medical malpractice played a role in your child developing CP — for free.

Kristin Proctor, Registered Nurse with Sokolove Law

“Anyone who's had a child with a birth-related injury, I talk to them about what happened during their pregnancy, the delivery, and how the child's doing to see if it's something we can assist with.”
– Kristin Proctor, Registered Nurse with Sokolove Law

Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit Statute of Limitations

Each state has a unique set of laws called statutes of limitations that restrict how long you have to take legal action in cerebral palsy malpractice cases.

Cerebral palsy lawsuit statutes of limitations range from 1 to 5 years, depending on your state. Once this deadline passes, you won’t be able to file a cerebral palsy birth injury claim again.

Don’t miss your chance for justice. Call (800) 995-1212 now to determine if you may be able to file a CP lawsuit before it’s too late.

How to File Cerebral Palsy Negligence Claims

At Sokolove Law, our cerebral palsy lawyers strive to make the legal process as easy and stress-free as possible. If you have a case, we’ll handle every step of a cerebral palsy negligence claim on your behalf, so you can focus on caring for your child.

Find out more about the steps to file a cerebral palsy lawsuit below.

1. Contact Sokolove Law

We offer all families a free case review to see if they may be eligible for cerebral palsy lawsuit settlements.

During this initial discussion, a member of our team will ask you a few questions about your child’s condition and the circumstances surrounding their birth to determine if malpractice may have occurred.

If you have a case, we’ll begin gathering evidence of malpractice to build a strong cerebral palsy lawsuit on your behalf.

To establish medical malpractice, our team may look at:

  • Your child’s medical records, diagnostic tests, and signs of developmental delays
  • The mother’s prenatal care and delivery timeline
  • Whether or not the child was breathing on their own when delivered
  • Surgeries and therapies that the child has undergone so far
  • Testimony from witnesses

Even if you’re not entirely sure about all of the details surrounding your child’s birth, we can still investigate and gather additional evidence to show what may have happened.

3. We’ll File Your Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit

Filing cerebral palsy lawsuits usually includes both a medical and legal team. Our on-staff nurses will learn about your experience, retrieve medical records, and answer your questions while our attorneys prepare and file your cerebral palsy claim before the statute of limitations expires.

Once your CP lawsuit has been filed, we’ll begin negotiations with those responsible for your child’s condition.

4. Your Family Gets CP Compensation

Your legal team will do everything we can to secure the most CP compensation possible for your family.

Compensation may be awarded in one of two ways:

  • Cerebral palsy lawsuit settlements: In a CP settlement, your lawyers negotiate a financial payout with the defendant (doctor or hospital) before the case goes to court. This may allow you to receive compensation sooner. The majority of lawsuits for cerebral palsy end in settlements.
  • Cerebral palsy court verdicts: In the rare event that your case doesn’t settle, our cerebral palsy lawyers may try your case in court before a judge and jury, who ultimately decide the outcome of the case in a verdict.

“When my baby had a birth injury, it was really hard for our family. Sokolove Law helped us fight for justice and get the money we needed to give our child special care and treatments. I can’t thank them enough.”
– Mother in Massachusetts & Firm Client

The amount you may receive from a cerebral palsy lawsuit depends on many factors, including the severity of your child’s injury, related medical expenses, and the extent of malpractice that took place.

Get the Help Your Child Deserves

If you have a case, our cerebral palsy lawyers can fight for the justice and compensation your family deserves.

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Why File a CP Lawsuit for Your Child?

Sadly, cerebral palsy treatments can cost more than $1 Million over the child’s lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These costs can be devastating to families who couldn’t predict their doctor would make a life-altering mistake during the birth of their child.

Filing a CP lawsuit has helped many families get the financial support they need to ensure their child gets the best care possible.

Cerebral palsy lawsuit settlements can help families afford:

  • Adaptive equipment (like wheelchairs and walkers)
  • Doctor and hospital visits
  • Medications
  • Therapy sessions
  • Long-term care or caregiver costs
  • Related expenses

By filing a cerebral palsy lawsuit and holding negligent medical professionals accountable, you may also prevent others from suffering the same fate as your child.

You have the power to be your child’s voice and demand that those responsible for their injury be held accountable. Let us help you take the first step toward justice.

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Video Summary: Cerebral palsy is often caused by medical malpractice during delivery. We may be able to help you seek compensation for your child's injury.

Most of your cerebral palsy cases are caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain of the nnborn child. This is a case type I'm very familiar with. I have a nephew with cerebral palsy that somewhere during the pregnancy there is an impediment of airflow. The longer the unborn child goes out oxygen, the more likelihood the cerebral palsy will occur. Which is basically part of the brain dying without oxygen going to it. As a childbirth injury lawyer, we're here to help families who believe at birth, something occurred that shouldn't have that has left their child with an injury. It could also be at any time during the pregnancy that there's been a deviation from the standard of medical care that's acceptable. We work with families to determine what happened. We work closely with our experts who will form opinions on that and then we present that evidence to whoever the defendants are in the case, which could be any doctor that provided care. Once we've determined who all those folks are and we've determined, you know, which defendants we want to bring a case against, we will then present the evidence. If you believe your child suffered from a birth injury, don't lose out on the opportunity to bring a claim. Contact Sokolove Law today at 800-647-3434.

We Can File Cerebral Palsy Lawsuits in All 50 States

As an established national birth injury law firm, Sokolove Law has helped families across the country file cerebral palsy lawsuits to hold negligent medical professionals accountable and pursue compensation for their child’s medical care.

Our cerebral palsy attorneys have the resources and experience necessary to stand up to powerful hospitals and level the playing field for our clients.

Over the last 45+ years, we’ve secured more than $917 Million for families impacted by birth injuries like cerebral palsy.

There are no hourly fees or upfront costs to work with our team, so there’s no financial risk to taking legal action.

Call (800) 995-1212 now or fill out our contact form to see if you may be able to pursue compensation from a CP lawsuit.

Cerebral Palsy Negligence Claims FAQs

What is a cerebral palsy lawsuit for children?

A cerebral palsy lawsuit is a type of medical malpractice claim filed against the doctor, health care provider, or hospital responsible for the injury that caused your child to develop CP.

Filing a cerebral palsy malpractice lawsuit seeks compensation to help pay for your child’s medical bills and other expenses related to their care.

Get a free, no-obligation case review now to find out if our lawyers can help you take legal action on behalf of your child.

Who can file a CP lawsuit?

You may be able to file a CP lawsuit if you’re the parent or guardian of a child with cerebral palsy whose condition was the result of an injury before, during, or shortly after birth.

We have registered nurses on staff who can help you figure out if your child’s cerebral palsy may have been caused by medical negligence or malpractice.

How much compensation can you get for cerebral palsy?

On average, families receive around $1 Million from a cerebral palsy lawsuit, though this number may vary depending on the specific details of your case and the experience of your legal team.

A few of our past cerebral palsy lawsuit settlements include:

  • $8.9 Million on behalf of a family in Pennsylvania
  • $6.75 Million for a family in Florida
  • $6 Million for a child in California
  • $5.95 Million on behalf of a family in Colorado
  • $5.6 Million for a Michigan family
  • $5.1 Million to a Texas child who suffered a lack of oxygen at birth
  • $3.3 Million for a child in New Jersey
  • $2.25 Million for a child in Michigan
  • $1.3 Million to a child in South Carolina
  • $2.85 Million for a Georgia family

Call (800) 995-1212 now to find out if your family may qualify for cerebral palsy lawsuit settlements. It costs nothing to speak with us.

How long after birth can you sue for cerebral palsy?

You typically have 1 to 5 years to sue for cerebral palsy after your child is born, though the cerebral palsy lawsuit statute of limitations varies from state to state.

It’s important to contact a cerebral palsy law firm as soon as possible, so you don’t miss out on your chance for justice.

Once the deadline in your case passes, you won’t be able to file a birth injury lawsuit for your child’s condition again.

Can you sue a doctor or hospital for cerebral palsy?

Yes. You may be able to sue a doctor or hospital for cerebral palsy if their error caused your child to develop CP during the birthing process.

Call (800) 995-1212 now to see if we can help you file a cerebral palsy malpractice lawsuit for your child’s condition.

Is cerebral palsy due to negligence or malpractice?

In many cases, yes. Doctors, health care professionals, and medical providers are supposed to provide patients with a high standard of care.

If this standard isn’t met, their negligence could be a cause of cerebral palsy.

By filing a cerebral palsy lawsuit, you may be able to hold the medical professional accountable for the injuries your child suffered.

What medical mistakes cause cerebral palsy?

Multiple medical mistakes, ranging from small oversights to severe negligence, can cause a child to develop cerebral palsy.

If a doctor, obstetrician, or health care professional:

  • Doesn’t set up the delivery room or equipment in time, the child may receive delayed care and suffer oxygen deprivation that can cause CP
  • Fails to notice or treat jaundice, bilirubin can build up in the baby’s blood and cause a type of brain damage known as kernicterus, which can lead to CP
  • Neglects to order a C-section during a difficult delivery, the child may become lodged in the birth canal and suffer restricted blood flow and oxygen to the brain, causing CP
  • Uses assisted delivery devices like forceps or vacuum extractors, the child may suffer various injuries, including brain bleeding and skull fractures, that can result in CP

These are only a few instances of how a medical professional’s mistakes can cause a child to develop CP. Sadly, there are many more.

Get help determining what may have happened to your child during a free case review. We have registered nurses on staff with decades of labor and delivery experience who can figure out if malpractice may have occurred.

What is the settlement for cerebral palsy?

A settlement for cerebral palsy is an agreed-upon payment from a medical facility or health care worker responsible for your child’s injury. The average cerebral palsy lawsuit settlement is around $1 Million.

Call (800) 995-1212 now to see if we may be able to secure a CP lawsuit settlement for your family. It costs nothing to speak with us.

How are cerebral palsy lawsuit settlements determined?

Potential cerebral palsy settlements may take into account several unique factors in each case, like the:

  • Severity of the birth injury
  • Degree of malpractice or negligence in the case
  • Current and future costs of care and medical expenses
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages

To find out if you may qualify for cerebral palsy lawsuit settlements, contact Sokolove Law today.

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