About our Chicago Cerebral Palsy Lawyers

Dedicated Birth Injury Lawyers Representing Victims of Cerebral Palsy in Chicago and Surrounding Areas

Cerebral palsy is a term that describes conditions that affect a person's bodily movement, posture and their ability to balance themselves. It can either result from brain injury at birth or developmental abnormalities. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in 303 children suffers from cerebral palsy.

People living with cerebral palsy have trouble controlling body movement, therefore making it hard for them to walk and perform everyday tasks independently. Additionally, they may suffer from visual, hearing and speech impairments.

When brain injuries occur during birth due to medical malpractice, a family may file a lawsuit to hold negligent healthcare providers responsible. Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys have experience handling birth injury matters and have represented a number of clients who have been victimized by medical negligence at birth. Let us help you understand your options and hold those responsible if you or a loved one developed cerebral palsy as a result of their negligence.

Causes & Prevention

Babies who are premature have an increased chance of eventually developing cerebral palsy because their lungs are not fully developed and therefore they may not receive adequate oxygen to the brain. In addition, babies born in the breech position may experience a prolapsed umbilical cord, where the cord becomes compressed and cuts off blood flow and oxygen to the newborn's brain. If a baby suffers from oxygen deprivation during birth, this may cause brain damage, which can result in cerebral palsy.

In many instances, doctors and nurses can identify a child's risk factors to determine their chances for cerebral palsy. In fact, it is crucial for healthcare providers to determine a newborn's risk in order to develop a plan of action in the event that a birth complication occurs. When practitioners are properly prepared to address complications in a timely fashion, they reduce a child's risk for birth injuries such as cerebral palsy.

However, in some cases, cerebral palsy is not evident to physicians or parents at birth, but rather as the child develops. Some children suffer from mild cerebral palsy, while others with severe cerebral palsy may suffer lifelong complications and disabilities.

Medical Negligence Attorneys

The Illinois birth injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti believe that all victims of medical malpractice at birth should be fairly compensated for their injuries. If a healthcare provider fails to recognize or treat potential brain injuries at birth, they can be held responsible for a child's injuries. For example, in one case that our attorneys worked on, we recovered a $6.5 million settlement in 2010 for a young girl who sustained a serious brain injury at birth due to oxygen deprivation when doctors delayed performing a caesarean section.

If you believe that a medical practitioner was negligent and their failures caused your child to suffer from cerebral palsy, we may be able to help you seek justice. Contact us today so that we can discuss your options and help you obtain justice. You can reach us at 312-332-2872 or 877-374-1417 or complete our online medical malpractice lawsuit evaluation form and an experienced Chicago cerebral palsy attorney will call you back to discuss your legal options.

National Birth Injury Lawyer News - Cerebral Palsy
Margaret, Daisy and Bryan. This magnificent cohesive team led by Margaret represented us for my mom's nursing home wrongful death case. They were most patient and responded timely to many questions throughout the entire process. All demonstrated professionalism and extensive knowledge of case and state laws. Their in-depth investigative work uncovered details which were unknown to us and yet sadly confirmed our suspicions. We would recommend the Levin and Perconti Law firm and especially this team. Kathy and Ron
Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Peconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. My family and I will always be grateful for the compassion that they showed us. I want to thank you for what you did for my family, and for always being there for us. W.R., Medical Malpractice Client
Our deepest appreciation to the law firm of Levin & Perconti, and in particular to Margaret Battersby Black, in the handling of the lawsuit we field n behalf of our sister who sustained life-threatening injuries as a nursing home resident. Margaret’s representation, guidance, and professionalism gave us the sense that we could put our trust in Levin & Perconti and the final outcome proved that to be true. D.G., Nursing Home Client
I want to send my heartfelt thanks to John Perconti and the Levin & Perconti staff in taking our case. Not only were they so professional but also so caring and thoughtful. It was very difficult going over the facts in our mother's case but they were so compassionate and understanding and allowed us to be with them every step of the way. We were able to sit in on the depositions and we were really able to see how hard they worked on our behalf. M.R.Z., nursing home client
Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti, and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Perconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. W.R., medical malpractice client