Check My Records
find out if negligence caused your child's CP
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. Some of us were informed of the medical errors, and others of us were not; yet, the action we all took was the same.
We searched for the very best legal team, a team who has an OB/GYN on staff who understands the proper birthing and delivery process and is equipped to check medical records to identify errors or medical negligence. We wanted to be sure that the advocates we found would fight for us, both for financial compensation and the justice we deserved.
Howard A. Janet, Esq. of JJS, serves as CPFN’s legal advisor.
“In the U.S., more than 10,000 babies are born with CP each year – and many of these instances are preventable. We help families across the country impacted unnecessarily by CP get the justice they deserve and the financial support they need to care for their loved ones.”
Mr. Janet works tirelessly to acquire the full measure of justice on behalf of the families he is representing; his passionate efforts often result in record-breaking verdicts. His efforts have extended beyond litigation with creating the #MyWish Fund, a financial resource to support families living with CP, as well as partnering with CP families to create CPFN.
The passionate and tireless efforts of JJS have recovered over $1 billion for injury victims.
Giles H. Manley is a Board Certified OB/GYN and serves as CPFN’s medical advisor.
He has over 20 years experience in the medical field, delivering over 2,000 babies. His years of experience and knowledge in obstetrics gives him an understanding of what proper labor and delivery should look like and enables him to identify red flags and malpractice within medical records. Dr. Manley’s passion surrounding the safe delivery of babies caused his pursuit of a law degree to ensure all precautions are taken during the birthing process to prevent birth injuries.
Every year, 28,000 babies are born with birth injuries. Although birth injuries can occur naturally, it can also be the result of medical negligence surrounding the birthing process. Many parents of children diagnosed with CP are given little to no explanation of the true cause, severity or future implications of the disorder. Find out if medical negligence led to your child’s CP diagnosis, as well as the types of medical malpractice that can cause CP.
The team at JJS has been consulted by over 20,000 families impacted by birth injuries across the country, uncovered answers to many questions and won record-breaking verdicts and settlements that will take care of children for the rest of their lives. Both Mr. Janet and Dr. Manley, along with the entire JJS team, will do whatever it takes to see the full measure of justice delivered on behalf of families wronged through medical malpractice. Many of us were unsure what caused our child's CP and whether we had a case. JJS heard our story; some of us potentially had a case, and some of us didn't. For those of us that possibly had a case, JJS helped us access our medical records. They reviewed the records and determined whether medical malpractice caused our child's CP.
JJS held our hand throughout the entire process. We did not pay any lawyer fees or reimbursement for their expenses and time until they recovered compensation for us. JJS worked tirelessly on our behalf; they did not leave a single stone unturned in their investigations. JJS is a lifeline for us, and we fully understand why our attorneys were selected as “Best Lawyers in America” and named as one of the country’s “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report. We are eternally grateful for our advocates, JJS!
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.
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:
- Nature and extent of your child’s injuries
- 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.
- 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. The money is disbursed over the life of the child based on anticipated needs as outlined in the Life Care Plan.