This is What It’s Really Like Caring for a Child with Cerebral Palsy

Every year, 10,000 babies are born with cerebral palsy, making it the most common neurological disorder in the nation. Cerebral palsy is a lifelong, non-progressive disorder that affects a person’s ability to control his or her movement, as well as maintain good posture and balance. According to, because of the added strain on the body throughout the child’s life, adults use five times the amount of energy as an average person, just to walk or move about freely. A day in the life of a person growing up with cerebral palsy will be faced with increased pain, stiff muscles, slip and falls, loss of independence, fatigue, amongst many more troublesome symptoms.

Although some children are born with the genetic abnormalities associated with cerebral palsy, in some cases, children will acquire the disorder due to a birth injury. At Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, we are the choice cerebral palsy attorneys for so many because many of our attorneys are also medical doctors. Our team is skilled at “reading between the line” and interpreting complicated medical paperwork, that only an experienced doctor would understand. If, as a parent, you suspect your child has suffered a birth injury resulting in cerebral palsy, we can get you the compensation you deserve.

As this may all be new to you, this is what it’s really like caring for a child with cerebral palsy.

First and foremost, as parents, nothing can prepare you for the lifelong journey ahead of you while you raise a child with special needs. In just six short months after birth, the child will start to show the early warning signs of cerebral palsy. This might include the head lagging backward as you pick your little one up, an extremely stiff or relaxed body, or unusual posture and a favoring to one side of the body. The child won’t reach milestones typical for his or her age like crawling, talking, or walking. Instead, your child will need extra support with all of these things.

As the child starts to grow, the condition will sometimes leave him or her with an intellectual impairment, such as the need to be placed in a special program at school. In moderate to severe cases of cerebral palsy, children will experience delayed growth and development due to the muscle and limbs that have been affected. What’s more, over time speech and language disorders can develop, which can be frustrating not only for the child, but for the parent watching the baby suffer. Cerebral palsy does not go away, but the sooner disabilities are managed through physical, occupational, and speech therapy, the better chance the child has enjoying an independent and healthy adult life. This is a lifelong journey and commitment for the whole family.

As you can see, caring for a child with cerebral palsy takes a lot of heart, patience, time, and not to mention money, for something that could have been prevented at birth. If you want justice for your child, contact our lawyers for cerebral palsy today and we’ll set up a meeting to assess your case immediately.

Doctor-to-Doctor Communication is Critical – Here’s Why

Just for a second, imagine you’re suffering from a minor intestinal issue. You call your primary care provider to make an appointment and he can see you right away. It’s not the best or even worse news, but he is sending you to a specialist. You’re a little nervous as you drive over to the hospital and land in the hands of a GI specialist that you’ve never met before. He asks, “What are you here for today, Denise?” You think to yourself, shouldn’t he know what I am here for? I am not even sure what I am here for! You sheepishly reply, “Well, I am not sure. My primary doctor said he would be faxing over my records and you would handle the rest.”

The primary doctor did not fax Denise’s records; therefore, the specialist was not able to properly care for her at the time of her visit.

A 2011 study published by the Archives of Internal Medicine demonstrated that roughly 70% of primary care physicians say they send a patient’s medical records with reason for consultation most of the time, and 35% of specialists claim they receive the records in time for the appointment.

Our group of cerebral palsy attorneys at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith are finding that doctor-to-doctor miscommunication is becoming far too common in today’s healthcare practices.

Doctor-to-doctor communication is critical when it comes to quality patient care and here’s why.

Saves Lives

Imagine that? When doctors appropriately communicate and send each other critical patient information, it can save a life. Whether it be an allergy or blood type—when a doctor fails to provide this information, it puts a life at risk.

Repeat Tests

It is typical for men over 50 to undergo prostate exams. Specialists and primary care providers alike can perform the exam and then another isn’t due for a year. If doctors do not communicate they have performed certain exams on their patients with one another, it’s more likely a patient will have to endure multiple instances of the same tests because his doctors failed to communicate. Not to mention the cost of the exams will be billed twice to the patient’s insurance company.

Higher Medical Error

This goes hand in hand with saving lives. Lack of communication can cause a severe injury or even a minor medical error, which are both unacceptable. Medical errors are ranked number five ahead of diabetes, accidents, breast cancer, and gunshot wounds, on the list of the top ten causes of death – according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Medical error is also the leading cause for delayed treatments, incorrect medications, and wrongful surgeries.

If you feel you’ve been a victim of doctor-to-doctor miscommunication – please contact our medical malpractice lawyers in Baltimore today at 1-877-292-6491.

Why Legal Counsel is Important for Erb’s Palsy Cases

About one out of every 1,000 babies is born with Erb’s Palsy. During the birthing process, the doctor will stretch the infant’s neck too far to one side during delivery, causing the brachial plexus nerves to be damaged in the shoulder. In turn, the baby’s arm will be weak, or in the worst case, become paralyzed. The most common sign of Erb’s Palsy will be that the infant is not moving his or her arm, but nerve damage might be hard to diagnose until the toddler stage of life. If this birth injury is diagnosed as quickly as possible, it can be treated effectively.

If you feel that your physician has acted in a negligent manner causing your baby to suffer from the birth injury, Erb’s Palsy, contact us here at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith – birth trauma attorneys from Baltimore, Maryland.

Hiring legal counsel is imperative for Erb’s Palsy cases. Erb’s Palsy is entirely preventable if a physician does not deviate from the standard medical procedures, and intervenes appropriately if there is any difficulty delivering during childbirth.

Some of the most common reasons that lead to an Erb’s Palsy diagnosis include

  • Forceful pulling on the baby’s arms
  • Failure to perform an emergency c-section
  • Improper use of birthing tools – forceps or vacuum extraction tools
  • Inability to monitor fetal distress
  • Baby is too large, and doctor has failed to monitor growth throughout pregnancy

It’s difficult for parents to know if any of the above actions may have occurred. Our team of birth defect attorneys (that are also trained medical doctors) will be able to determine how the infant’s injury happened, and if it’s grounds for an Erb’s Palsy lawsuit.

For a mother, giving birth to a child should be the best day of her life. In the unfortunate situation where proper childbirth procedures were not followed, causing injury to your baby, you want an experienced legal team on your side. The burden of proof for an Erb’s Palsy case can sometimes be complicated, but we will assess your case and get you the compensation you deserve!

One of our lawyers is available to assess your case on an individual basis free of charge. Please give us a call or visit our website for more information

The Truth about Doctor-to-Doctor Miscommunication

Our team of medical malpractice lawyers in Baltimore, MD, know the importance of constant and consistent communication between every doctor working with the same patient. Miscommunication often leads to treatment and diagnostic confusion, thus causing patients and their families pain, suffering and, unfortunately, death. In fact, one of the most common reasons doctors are sued for malpractice is because of miscommunication.

Our team at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith is experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to dealing with medical negligence and getting the compensation families deserve. Below we’ve outlined a hypothetical situation in which miscommunication between a doctor team leads to extremely unfavorable circumstances for a patient.

Dr. Hudson has been caring for his patient, Beth, for a couple of weeks now. Beth has about four other doctors caring for her, along with Dr. Hudson, as she is in the final stages of liver cancer. Beth has intestinal bleeding, which was directly caused by her liver disease, and she lays in the intensive care unit. Beth’s family stands in the hospital room with Dr. Hudson, asking him what will happen to their loved one?

Dr. Hudson suggests the family meets in another room to discuss the next steps in her treatment. The treatment options presented were to either insert a tube to temporarily stop the bleeding or just keep Beth comfortable because even if the bleeding stopped, she didn’t have much time left to live.

The family was sure that Beth did not want the tube procedure done. She was at peace with the fact that her time was ending, and just wanted to be with family. Dr. Hudson and the family went back to Beth’s room, and, upon arrival, another team of doctors had already inserted the tube into Beth. This miscommunication between doctors all caring for the same patient was appalling. What if something might have gone wrong? What if, against the family’s wishes, the other set of doctors had ended Beth’s life mistakenly?

It all comes down to consistent communication between doctors caring for the same patient. Doctors need to keep a record of referrals and conversations with their patient and other doctors, to prove everyone is on the same page when it comes to the patient’s procedures and treatment. If one thing goes wrong, it could turn into a case of medical malpractice.

At Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC., our seasoned medical malpractice attorneys serve the Baltimore, MD region by handling doctor-to-doctor miscommunication cases in the past, and know how to read medical records to uncover possible malpractice suits.

If you think you might be the victim of a situation similar to the story depicted above, please visit us online at to fill out a free legal consultation form.

What You Need to Know About Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis

Here at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith LLC, we are a team of medical doctors and birth trauma attorneys in Baltimore, MD who want nothing more than to help our clients get the compensation they deserve. Not only does our firm handle cases involving birth injuries and cerebral palsy, but we also represent medical malpractice cases for people suffering from a cancer misdiagnosis, surgical errors, labor malpractice, and many more medical conditions.

One of the most commonly misdiagnosed forms of cancer is skin cancer. To help potential clients who may have suffered due to a skin cancer misdiagnosis, we have compiled a list of reasons for a skin cancer misdiagnosis. If any of the situations below sound familiar, you need to contact us today because you might be a victim of medical malpractice.

Physicians incorrectly diagnose cancer as something markedly less severe

  • Sometimes skin cancer is diagnosed as eczema, a simple infection, or another less serious skin irritation. Failure to provide a correct diagnosis gives the cancer time to spread, a higher likelihood of more aggressive treatment, or even death.

Inability to recommend further testing

  • Unfortunately, doctors misinterpret the results of diagnostic or pathology reports, thus delaying the treatment of cancer. Most doctors employ pathologists to do biopsy testing because they are less expensive than dermatopathologists. Managed care plans also limit a physician as to where they send a tissue sample for testing.

Unnecessary treatments for non-existent cancer

  • Diagnosis of skin cancer goes both ways. Patients can sometimes suffer unnecessary treatments and surgeries for skin cancer they don’t even have. Unnecessary surgeries can happen when specimens are sent for testing, and benign samples cannot be differentiated from malignant unless viewed under high magnification instruments.

It’s important for skin cancer patients to know exactly what type of cancer they have to start appropriate treatment immediately. Although the standard of care varies from case to case, if you’ve experienced a misdiagnosis due to oversight by a hospital or physician, our birth trauma attorneys can help. Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith LLC offers free consultations. Please visit browse our website and fill out a contact form, and we will be in touch shortly.