8 Steps to Maximize Doctor Appointments for Special Needs Children

Doctor Visits, Updates

Doctor appointments are all too frequent in the lives of families with special needs children. The appointments themselves and the issues addressed, however, are seldom routine. Given that you will have 15-30 minutes at most with the doctor, making the most of this time is critical. Read More

Common Mistakes Leading to Brain Injury in Newborns

Birth and Brain Injuries, In the News, Updates

As an attorney with more than 20 years of obstetrical experience, I regularly sit down with parents and review situations in which medical error is the suspected cause of their child’s cerebral palsy. While each case is different, there are certain medical errors which come up most often. Failure to Diagnose and Respond to a... Read More

How to Determine if Your Child Suffered a Birth Injury

Birth Injury, Updates

Parents who come to me for advice about a birth injury lawsuit already suspect something went wrong during the delivery of their child. They are armed with a recent diagnosis of cerebral palsy or some other disorder, and desperately want to know the truth about what happened. Were they to blame? Was the doctor? The hospital? Read More

When Pursuing a Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis, Persistence is Key

Cerebral Palsy Information, Updates

Cerebral palsy is one of the most common developmental disorders in children. However, it may take years before an official cerebral palsy diagnosis is made. As a parent, you know your child better than anyone else, including your child’s doctors. If you believe your child isn’t developing normally, insist that your doctor investigate your concerns. Read More

8 Things to Know After a Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

Cerebral Palsy Information, Updates

For some parents, hearing the words “your child has cerebral palsy” for the first time is a huge shock. For many others, it only confirms what they have suspected for a long time. Still, some parents are relieved to hear the news; they knew something was wrong, and now that they know what it is, they can begin to take action. Read More

Understanding the Risks of Misdiagnosed Fetal Position

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Updates

At the time of delivery, the position of an unborn child in a woman’s uterus is considered normal only if it presents itself head-first and face down (known as the occiput anterior position). If the baby presents itself in any other position such as feet first, buttocks first or sideways, it is termed a breech presentation or breech birth and considered abnormal. Read More

Birth Asphyxia and Cerebral Palsy

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Updates

When most people hear the word asphyxia, their thoughts turn to suffocation or strangulation. Few people realize that asphyxiation can occur during the birthing process, often causing lifelong complications for the child. Read More

Uterine Rupture as a Cause for CP

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Updates

Uterine rupture is one of the most feared obstetric complications that, if not dealt with immediately (usually by performing an emergency Cesarean section), can result in serious brain damage to the child or the death of either the mother or child. Read More

Possible Signs of Medical Error During Labor and Delivery

Birth and Brain Injuries, In the News, Updates

Fortunately, most births in the United States are complication-free. But in my practice, I primarily deal with parents whose child was diagnosed months or even years after birth with cerebral palsy, and who suspect medical error may have played a part. I have investigated some 10,000 of these cases over the years. Read More

The Power of Social Media to Affect Disability Policy

Advocacy, In the News, Updates

Raising a child with a disability can sometimes feel isolating. Parents frustrated with policies and laws affecting their child may believe that there is little they can do to make their voices heard. In today’s Internet culture, it’s easier than ever before for the disabled and their families to come together and affect change on a large scale. Read More

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