Cerebral Palsy Legal Advocates
If you think it’s possible that malpractice caused your child’s cerebral palsy, we can help.
As parents within CPFN, we all relate to the beautiful stories and unique challenges that arise along the CP journey. However, far too many of us also share the experience of our children developing cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice. Only some of us were informed of these medical errors, yet the action we all took was the same.
We searched for the very best legal team; a team with an OB/GYN on staff, a team who understands the proper birthing and delivery process, a team that has decades of experience reviewing medical records to identify errors or medical negligence. We wanted a law firm that would uncover the truth, seek justice for our families, and recover compensation that will help us care for our CP child for life.
Why We Turned to Janet, Janet & Suggs
- Over the past 40 years, they have helped over 30,000 families nationwide.
- JJS has recovered over $3 Billion for families, including record-breaking CP jury verdicts and settlements.
- JJS’s in-house medical experts include a board-certified OBGYN and a labor and delivery nurse, who uncover medical errors that other law firms miss.
- They offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation and are entitled to a fee only if they recover compensation for your family.
- They treat families like ours with compassion and respect.
Howard Janet, CPFN Legal Advisor,
has won multiple record-breaking jury verdicts in birth injury and other CP cases. Mr. Janet has the courage to take the fight to the courtroom if a settlement offer is inadequate. He puts great pressure on medical malpractice insurance companies to pay what cases are really worth. That has translated into record-setting settlements to go along with his unprecedented verdicts.
Giles Manley, CPFN Medical Advisor,
is a preeminent medical malpractice lawyer who is also a board-certified OBGYN. Dr. Manley has delivered over 2,000 babies and uses his wealth of medical knowledge to uncover medical errors that were missed by others (keep in mind most CP cases involve errors committed at or around the time of birth).
is widely recognized as the world’s most knowledgeable birth injury lawyer. His articles on how to prove that medical negligence caused a child’s CP are relied on by other birth injury lawyers. They often consult him for help in their birth injury and other CP cases.
is one of the country’s most experienced and talented CP lawyers. Over his 40-year career, Mr. Suggs has taken on tough CP cases and has broken records in the process. He is so highly respected nationally that he was elected president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now known as the American Association of Justice).
Q. What should I do if I suspect medical negligence?
Obtain your medical records. Whenever you see a doctor or go to the hospital, always ask for your medical records immediately and store them in a safe place. One of CPFN’s families suspected a problem and tried to get their medical records after the fact; it took months! When the mother finally got the records, she was told by the hospital staff that the records had been kept under lock and key. If medical negligence has been at play, doctors and staff may attempt to cover up their mistake by hiding certain records or even re-writing them.
Ask for help to understand the records. The next step is to find someone who understands them; it is nearly impossible for a non-medical professional to comprehend medical jargon. Yet, within those records are the answer to the question: Was my child injured during the birthing process? It is critical that you get the help and guidance of both a medical and legal professional to uncover the truth.
It’s important to note that hospitals, at times, have refused to give up the medical records due to foul play. Having a legal professional on your side warrants their compliance. Be sure to act without delay, before there is a chance that records might be “lost or misplaced.
Q. I’m not sure if I have a case; what should I do?
If you are unsure you have a case, you can request a free, no-obligation and completely confidential consultation. After reviewing your submission, the team at JJS will give you a call if they believe your child’s CP was caused by a preventable birth injury. Once they have concluded medical malpractice was involved, JJS will hire a Life Care Planner.
Q. What is a Life Care Planner?
A Life Care Planner is a medical professional who assists in the process of determining the amount of compensation the lawsuit will seek to care for your child. He or she is knowledgeable about your child’s injury, understands the long-term effects of that injury and knows your financial situation. Because JJS specializes in birth injuries, they have personal connections with specific Life Care Planners, usually professionals with medical backgrounds and credentials, who specialize in special needs children.
Q. What will the Planner do?
The goal of a Life Care Plan is to specify the long-term medical, psychological, and rehabilitation needs of an individual throughout his/her lifetime. To do this, the Life Care Planner will interview you and obtain documents as to your financial situation. They will review medical records and may seek additional medical evaluations of your child’s condition. They will provide JJS with a detailed report that describes and documents:
- The nature and extent of your child’s injuries
- The extent of care needed, including types of care and hours of care, from childhood through adulthood
- Previous and future medical expenses, including drugs, surgeries, therapy, supplies, and equipment
- Other associated expenses, such as transportation, and costs related to adapting your home to accommodate a wheelchair or other equipment.
- The projected life expectancy for the child
- Expected rises in health care costs and other costs over the life of the child
Q. What happens to the money if it’s awarded?
The law requires that money awarded to care for a special needs child goes into a Special Needs Trust with a court-approved administrator. In many cases, parents are entitled to a portion of the award to cover medical and other expenses through a child’s 18th birthday. The balance of the award covers the child’s medical, psychological, and rehabilitation needs, which may amount to tens of millions of dollars. The money is disbursed over the life of the child based on anticipated needs as outlined in the Life Care Plan.