People dealing with medical malpractice predicaments are often confused.  A couple in Arizona 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 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 Arizona, 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 Arizona 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.

Social Service Programs in Arizona

Arizona Chapter of the Cerebral Palsy Network

The Arizona Chapter of the Cerebral Palsy Network works tirelessly to offer resources to those dealing with cerebral palsy and to their caretakers.  They want to connect parents in Arizona who can support and help each other.  They also work to inform their members about new treatments and services that are available for those in the state.

United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Arizona (UCPSA)

United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Arizona (UCPSA) is one of the chapters of United Cerebral Palsy in the state.  This non-profit agency provides home-based services for individuals who have disabilities including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy.  Their services help people to remain in their own homes and to live independently, or with their families, rather than having to live in a group home.  They have 180 direct support professionals at UCPSA and they serve over 340 customers throughout Southern Arizona.

Easter Seals Society of Arizona

Easter Seals Society of Arizona helps individuals with disabilities and special needs.  It works with their families, as well.  Whether the child has cerebral palsy or one of many other disabilities, Easter Seals has child development centers, physical rehabilitation opportunities, job training and more to help those with special needs.

Other Resources for Assistance with Cerebral Palsy

State Department of Education: Special Eudcation
Kathryn A. Lund, State Director
Exceptional Student Services, Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-3084

Programs for Children with Disabilities: Ages 3-5
Lynn Busenbark, Preschool Coordinator
Exceptional Student Services, Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-3852

Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: Ages Birth Through 2
Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants & Toddlers
Department of Economic Security
1717 West Jefferson
P.O. Box 6123 (801-A-6)
Phoenix, AZ 85005
(602) 542-5577

State Development Disabilities Program
Roger A. Deshaies, Assistant Director
Department of Economic Security
Division of Developmental Disabilities
P.O. Box 6123, Site Code (791A)
Phoenix, AZ 85005
(602) 542-0419

State Development Disabilities Planning Council
Susan Madison, Executive Director
Governor?s Council on DD
1717 West Jefferson Street
Site Code (074Z)
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-4049

Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Susan Burke, Chief
Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Department of Health
1740 W. Adams
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-1860

Brain Injury
Mary Jane Trunzo, President
Brain Injury Association of Arizona
4545 North 36th Street, #125A
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 952-2449 (Phoenix)
(520) 747-7140 (Tucson)

Cerebral Palsy
Guy Collison, Executive Director
United Cerebral Palsy of Central AZ
321 West Hatcher, Suite 102
Phoenix, AZ 85021
(602) 943-5472