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

Cerebral Palsy, Inc.

Cerebral Palsy, Inc. works to help people and families in Northeast Wisconsin exclusively.  Their staff has been working for over 57 years to help people of all ages with cost effective, innovative and quality care. They help people who have cerebral palsy, but they also work with people dealing with: muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, speech and language needs, autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration, arthritis, back pain and much more.

The Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association

The Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association is a resource for cerebral palsy sufferers in Wisconsin.  Their philosophy at the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association is that the quality of a person’s life should not be limited as a result of a disability.  In addition to their many other programs, they have individualized one-on-one consultations for those with physical impairments from cerebral palsy and other programs.

Parent to Parent Wisconsin

Parent to Parent Wisconsin is a support network that enables parents who are raising children with special needs like cerebral palsy to connect with other parents.   As their website explains, it allows parents to “connect with another parent who has already learned the language and found the resources.”  Support parents are trained to lend support to those in need, and there are training dates throughout the year held throughout Wisconsin.

Other Resources for Assistance with Cerebral Palsy

State Department of Education: Special Education
Juanita S. Pawlisch, Assistant State
Paul Halverson, Director of Special Education
Division for Learning Support: Equity and
125 South Webster Street, P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
(608) 266-1649 ; (800) 441-4563

Programs for Children with Disabilities: Ages 3-5
Jenny Lange, Program Supervisor
Jill Haglund, Early Childhood Consultant
Early Childhood: Exceptional Educational
Needs Programs
Division for Learning Support: Equity and
Department of Public Instruction
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707
(608) 267-9625 ; (608) 267-9172
(800) 441-4563

Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: Ages Birth Through 3
Mitch Kremer, Birth to 3 Coordinator
Division of Supported Living
Department of Health & Family Services
P.O. Box 7851, Room 418
Madison, WI 53707
(608) 267-3270

Linda Tuchman, Director
WI Personnel Development Project
231 Waisman Center
1500 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 263-5022

State Children’s Services
Susan Dreyfus, Administrator
Division of Children & Family Services
Department of Health & Family Services
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
(608) 267-3905

State Developmental Disabilities Programs
Beverly Doherty, Director
Bureau of Developmental Disabilities
Department of Health and Family Services
P.O. Box 7851
Madison, WI 53707
(608) 266-0805

Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Susan Uttech, Supervisor
CSHCN Program
1414 East Washington Ave, Room 167
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 266-3886; (800) 441-4576

Cerebral Palsy
United Cerebral Palsy of WI
201 Ceape Street, Room 108
P.O. Box 1241
Oshkosh, WI 54902-1241
(920) 424-4071; (800) 261-1895 (in WI)

Cheryl Boehmke, Executive Director
United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern
Wisconsin, Inc.
7519 West Oklahoma Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53219
(414) 329-4500 (414) 329-4511 (TTY)
(888) 482-7739