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Cerebral Palsy

Our Firm Represents Children Born with Cerebral Palsy in New Jersey

Let our lawyer-doctor help your family recover compensation for birth injuries

Approximately one in 303 children in the country has cerebral palsy. This condition is caused by abnormalities in the brain that affect muscle coordination and movement. A child may develop the condition in utero or during delivery.

Seigel Law opened our practice in 1976 to help injured victims in Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton obtain compensation. Our lawyers understand the tremendous heartache of finding out that your child was born with a disability. We help you obtain the funds you need to overcome the challenges ahead and to give your child every advantage you can.

What is cerebral palsy?

Although children are born with cerebral palsy, the symptoms may not be obvious until many months or years later, but they usually appear at least by 3 years of age. There are four types of cerebral palsy — spastic, dyskinetic, ataxic and mixed — that manifest in different symptoms. Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common, affecting approximately 80 percent of children who have the condition.

Spastic cerebral palsy is characterized by muscle stiffness and exaggerated reflexes that can make movements awkward and jerky. Children with spastic cerebral palsy may have the following disabilities:

  • Trouble walking
  • Difficulties writing, eating and otherwise using fine motor skills
  • Delays in speech and lifetime difficulties with speaking
  • Developmental delays, including sitting up or crawling
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Impairment of vision or hearing
  • Cognitive or intellectual issues
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Mental health conditions

Causes of cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy may develop for a variety of reasons, some of which are no fault of the doctor. However, some events linked to cerebral palsy may have occurred during your pregnancy or a long, difficult labor. These birth injuries may be the result of medical malpractice if:

  • You suffered from an infection during your pregnancy that was ignored by your doctors.
  • Your baby suffered an undiagnosed fetal stroke or in utero infection.
  • Your infant’s brain was deprived of oxygen during labor, an event called asphyxia.

Our team answers your birth injury questions and advises you of whether your newborn’s condition may have resulted from medical malpractice.

Consult with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer about your baby’s birth injuries

Seigel Law is dedicated to medical malpractice litigation — including birth injuries recovery. Call our law firm at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your free initial appointment with our New Jersey lawyer-doctor. If your injuries prevent you from coming to our office in Ridgewood, our attorneys are available to visit you in your home or hospital. You do not owe us attorney fees unless we recover damages through a verdict or settlement, so there is no risk to pursuing your rights.

  • $7,900,000

    Recovery on behalf of the 16-year-old girl injured by electrical malfunction

  • $8,000,000

    Jury verdict in a catastrophic injury case

  • $1,100,000

    Settlement for a fractured arm in Passaic County

  • $4,775,000

    Settlement for a woman in Bergen County injured in a trucking accident

Meet Our Attorneys

  • (95 Reviews)

    By Teresa R Perez - January, 2018

    I have had a great experience thus far. The personal injury process is stressful and they have been helpful and courteous in getting me the right referrals. I was injured while visiting NJ and live in another state, my case is not an easy one but they are working diligently to help. I appreciate the personalized attention and highly recommend this firm.

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    By Miriam Smith-Leone - December, 2017

    The law office was great with my back and neck injury. They directed me to the right doctors and got me a huge settlement. Being a single mom, it help pay off all my debt and bills. Me and my kids can have a bill free christmas, with plenty of food and happiness, stress free. They are the best ever and I would highly recommend them to anyone rich or poor, who has been in an accident and need legal help...

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    By L C - October, 2017

    After the misfortune of suffering an injury, I had the good fortune to choose Seigel Law to represent me. During my initial meeting with Jan Seigel, I found him to be extremely confident and reassuring---he totally put me at ease. I was represented by Mark Mc Bratney---an EXCELLENT attorney. He was supportive and professional through the entire process, and provided an excellent outcome for my case.

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    By Liliana Paredes - October, 2017

    Honest, trustworthy and very straight forward. In unvarnished truth Jonas Siegel will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. Jonas has tenacity coupled with a degree of tenderness, but never losing site of the end goal, which is to protect, defend and have the best outcome for his clients. I defenetly recoment this law firm. Thanks for helping me out in my case.

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    By Oren Goldshmidt - September, 2017

    I'd like to thank everyone at segal law for the amazing experience they provided me. From the moment I stepped in to the end of the case , segal and his team delivered exactly what they promised. I couldn't have received any better treatment from a law firm. Any concerns, questions or problems I had were addressed and dealt with accordingly...

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What we offer our clients


Personal injury and medical knowledge

Our knowledgeable team of personal injury lawyers includes a medical doctor who advises on complex medical topics


One-on-one attorney attention

By maintaining a limited number of cases, our attorneys can provide personalized attention to each client we serve


Results-oriented strategies

Our lawyers have won numerous high verdicts and settlements, many in the high six- and seven-figure range, for our injured clients


Trial experience

Every trial attorney in our firm is a certified trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court


Communication as a priority

We understand how important communication is to a successful attorney-client relationship, we return calls within 24 hours


Community involvement

Our lawyers and staff are active in community outreach and community service programs

  • "The lawyers at Seigel Law know how to get you the results you want. Jan Seigel and His team returned every one of my phone calls, listened to me and worked with me to a desirable outcome. Seigel Law definitely goes above and beyond to protect the injured." - B.M.

  • "After my car accident, my life turned into a disaster. Dealing with everything became impossible. Jan Seigel and his people helped me with every aspect of my injuries and the insurance companies so I could focus on healing. They helped me through everything and they got me what I was due." - M.P.

  • "I found the personnel to be very efficient, and work very quickly. I'm happy that I was referred to this firm, because I found that I was very comfortable working with them." - F.V.

  • "Amazing. I have to say they were very supportive and were able to give me tons of information. I didn't feel rushed and felt they truly cared about my well-being. Their website is also extremely helpful and well setup." - T.D.

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