Spastic cerebral palsy attorney claims $2.27 million verdict is largest ever in the Pennsylvania county

Donald Saiontz

By Donald Saiontz
Posted May 19, 2007


The family of a child with spastic cerebral palsy has recovered $2.27 million from a verdict in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.  The attorney who represented the family told a local paper that it may be the largest verdict ever in that county for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

>>INFORMATION: Spastic cerebral palsy lawsuits

According to the lawsuit which was filed in 2002, the child was born in January 1999 with severe brain damage and spastic cerebral palsy as a result of mistakes made by a nurse midwife at Carlisle Hospital.  The child ultimately died at 2 years old as a result of the injuries which were suffered at birth as a result of a failure to recognize obvious signs of fetal distress during labor.  This is one of the more common medical mistakes which causes cerebral palsy by depriving the unborn baby of oxygen to the brain.

The family’s spastic cerebral palsy attorney, Daniel Weinstock, told the Sentinel Reporter that the verdict demonstrates that when the facts surrounding a medical malpractice lawsuit are clear enough, justice can prevail even in a difficult jurisdiction.  

The Pennsylvania county where this cerebral palsy lawsuit was filed is known to have conservative juries who are often skeptical of personal injury cases.  Cumberland County has approximately 200,000 residents, but the per capita income is $31,627, which makes it the wealthiest Pennsylvania county outside of greater Philadelphia, and the fifth wealthiest overall in the state.


The cerebral palsy attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A., investigate potential lawsuits for families of children who are injured during birth as a result of a medical mistake.  Their lawyers are licensed in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia, but cases are reviewed in all 50 states.  If your child or a family member has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, request a free claim evaluation to determine if financial compensation may be available.


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