BIRTH INJURY RESOURCES
Cerebral Palsy and spinal cord injuries are the most serious adverse outcomes of pregnancies or deliveries. The lifetime cost of care for a cerebral palsy or spinal cord victim, who may never be able to walk, talk, play, work or be independent in any aspect of day to day living, is a staggering financial burden.
For over four decades, Sommers Schwartz birth injury specialists have skillfully recovered the life-time costs of care for hundreds of birth injured victims, shifting the burden of expenses from our clients to the doctors and hospitals responsible for the harm.
Our team is ready to fight for you
Types of birth injury
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a term that refers to a group of related disorders that affect muscle movement, balance, and posture. Sometimes, other neurological functions such as vision, hearing, and touch are affected. CP is not only the most common motor disability among children, but it is also the most common birth injury, with up to four out of 1,000 newborns suffering from the disorder.
There are several causes of cerebral palsy, including a lack of oxygen during birth, maternal infection, severe jaundice, and intracranial hemorrhage. The symptoms of CP vary depending on the severity of the disease, but can include:
- Delay or permanent impairment of speech development
- Movement and muscle disorders such as Ataxia, Spasticity, and Athetosis;
- Problems with swallowing
- Delays in reaching motor-skill milestones such as rolling, sitting, crawling and walking
While there is no cure for CP, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, medication, and assistive devices and equipment can improve a child’s capabilities and overall quality of life.
Compensatory damages for brain injury & cerebral palsy
Erb's palsy, also called Erb's paralysis, is a type of brachial plexus injury that causes partial or full paralysis in the arm, resulting in muscle atrophy in the biceps and deltoids. Erb's palsy is reported in about two of every 1,000 births, and almost exclusively arises as a result of shoulder dystocia, which occurs when an infant's shoulders become lodged in the mother's pelvis, often because the infant is too large to fit through the birth canal. Doctors can anticipate potential shoulder dystocia, which may be the basis for an emergency C-section.
Klumpke's palsy, also known as Klumpke's paralysis, is a rare brachial plexus injury that affects fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. Klumpke's palsy occurs when the lower nerves of the brachial plexus are stretched, compressed or torn and affects movement in forearm, hand, and fingers. This form of palsy is often treated with physical therapy or electric nerve stimulation.
Choosing the right team to handle your birth injury lawsuit
Birth injuries dramatically impact both child and family. Selecting the right law firm to handle a birth injury lawsuit can be the most critical decision you make for your child’s and you family’s future.
Make no mistake, birth injury lawsuits are extremely complex. The course of a child’s life is at stake. The economic and non-economic impact of a birth injury often involves millions of dollars. A successful outcome requires a depth of experience in birth injury litigation, exceptional legal skills and extensive knowledge in the fields of obstetrics, neurology, neuroradiology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and more.
For more than four decades, longer than any other firm in Michigan, the parents of birth injured children have chosen Sommers Schwartz attorneys to fight for their interests. Time after time, we have won their battles and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars that are needed for the medical care and maintenance of brain injured children.