People dealing with medical malpractice predicaments are often confused. A couple living in Alabama gives birth to a child, with all of the hopes and dreams that are attached to that experience. And, through the fault of a medical team, the baby is born with a brain injury that results in cerebral palsy. In a situation of this sort, the family deserves the compensation that will allow them to care for their child –and to do so without the financial hardships that so many would face under these circumstances. And the child deserves compensation for the medical malpractice that has resulted in his situation.
Our job, at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC as doctors and lawyers trained to deal with medical malpractice in Alabama, is to assist families in these situations. We assist families who have experienced a devastating medical malpractice situation in receiving the financial recoveries that they are entitled to – and that they need for their future. Our law firm determines if the cerebral palsy is due to a doctor or nurse’s mistake and we can work to create accountability for the terrible, preventable error that has occurred.
Here, we offer a wealth of resources to assist families in Alabama to deal with their situation when their child is born with or diagnosed with cerebral palsy or another disability as a result of medical malpractice.
Cerebral Palsy Programs in Alabama
The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
This organization was set up “for Alabama’s children and adults with disabilities.” It aims to provide individuals with medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, “a seamless system of service delivery.” The idea is that each individual should be able to reach their full potential. By 2011, the organization had assisted around 51,000 people in Alabama.
The Civilian International Research Center
Led by neuroscientist, Dr. Herald Sontheimer, and pediatric neurologist Dr. Alan Percy, this organization was set up in 1990 in order to “make a positive lifelong impact on millions of people around the world.” Programs have been established to help individuals suffering from various neurological issues. Its mission is to: “improve the well-being and quality of life of individuals and families affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
Other Resources for Assistance with Cerebral Palsy
United Cerebral Palsy of East Central Alabama
301 E.A. Darden Drive
Anniston, AL, 36202
Tel: 256 237 8203
United Cerebral Palsy of West Central Alabama
La Monica Herron-McCoy, PhD
1100 UCP Parkway,
Newport, AL, 35476
Tel: 205 345 3031
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham
100 Oslo Circle
Birmingham, AL, 35211
Tel: 205 944 3901
United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile and Central Alabama
3058 Dauphin Square Connector
Mobile, AL, 36607
Tel: 251 479 4900
State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
Joan B. Hannah, Director
Alabama DD Planning Council
RSA Union Bldg.
100 N. Union Street
P.O. Box 301410
Montgomery, AL 36130-1410
(334) 242-3973; (800) 232-2158
Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Christine Kendall, Assistant Commissioner
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
Children?s Rehabilitation Service
2129 East South Blvd., P.O. Box 11586
Montgomery, AL 36111-0586
(334) 281-8780; (800) 846-3697