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March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month is a campaign that helps educate the public about Cerebral Palsy and how it can affect children and their families. According to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation:

  • CP is a physical disability that affects movement and posture.
  • Cerebral Palsy is the most common lifelong motor disability.
  • Children with CP are likely to have other impairments in addition to their motor disability.
  • In most cases, brain injury leading to CP happens during pregnancy and childbirth.

Cerebral palsy can have a profound impact on both children and their families, and can result in considerable expenses for medical monitoring, assistive devices, and specialized care. While there is no cure for CP, there are effective treatments that focus on encouraging children with CP to participate in activities and learn how to use their bodies in ways that work for them.

If you want to show your support, you can visit the Cerebral Palsy Foundation website or follow CPF on social medial to share insightful posts throughout the month using the #GoGreen4CP hashtag.

Cerebral Palsy & Medical Malpractice

As a law firm with a special focus on litigating medical malpractice and birth injury claims, our team at Bostwick & Peterson knows that some cases of cerebral palsy are preventable. Brain damage that can cause CP may result from negligence and errors such as:

  • Failure to adequately monitor and detect fetal distress
  • Delayed C-sections
  • Improper use of labor-inducing drugs
  • Failure to diagnose complications

Our firm has helped families across the country prevail in cerebral palsy birth injury claims – including several that set records at the time they were obtained.

Examples of our record cerebral palsy recoveries:

  • $11.4 Million for a child with cerebral palsy resulting from failures to adequately monitor the fetus at critical periods prior to birth. At the time, this was the largest birth injury settlement in California (2010).
  • $10 Million for a child born with spastic quadriplegia and cerebral palsy due to an alleged failure to promptly deliver when fetal monitoring showed potential problems This was a record birth injury settlement in the state where it was obtained.
  • $8.9 Million verdict over improper management of labor resulting in cerebral palsy. At the time (1985), this was the largest Ninth Circuit medical malpractice trial award for an individual.
  • $8 Million settlement for a baby with CP resulting from failure to diagnose bilateral ruptured lungs. This was a record birth injury / neonatal settlement in the state where it was obtained.
  • $7.1 Million for a child with cerebral palsy resulting from failure to intervene in response to non-reassuring fetal monitoring strips. This was a record settlement in Mid-America.

Bostwick & Peterson knows the tremendous emotional and financial suffering that can accompany preventable birth injuries. In addition to supporting great causes like CP Awareness Month, we also represent birth injury victims across California and the U.S. in their fights for justice. Contact us to learn how we may be able to help you.