Crouzon Syndrome Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Representing Children and their Families in New Jersey, New York, and across the United States
Crouzon syndrome, also known as craniofacial dysarthrosis or craniofacial dysostosis, is a genetic condition that affects the growth and development of the brain and skull. It is a form of craniosynostosis, which is characterized by the premature fusion of the bones in a baby’s skull during a critical period of brain development. The skull is comprised of seven bones, or bony plates, that are structured to allow for the increase in size of the brain that occurs between birth and the age of two. These bones are loosely connected by hinge-like structures known as sutures, which generally fuse after the brain is given adequate time to develop. When these structures fuse prematurely, the results can be devastating, with compromised brain development, cranial deformation, and other serious complications. If a child is born with Crouzon syndrome, immediate diagnosis and treatment is critical to ensure the best possible outcome. Failure to diagnose and treat Crouzon syndrome in a timely manner may constitute medical malpractice in certain cases, allowing victims to pursue compensation for medical expenses, corrective treatment, rehabilitative care, and pain and suffering through medical malpractice litigation.
At Fronzuto Law Group, our skilled attorneys represent victims of medical and pediatric malpractice across the United States. Employing our extensive knowledge and experience in the realm of pediatric malpractice, we have established a significant track record of success that includes multiple seven figure verdicts on behalf of children who have suffered from craniosynostosis, plagiocephaly, and other cranial deformaties. In fact, our firm’s founder, Ernest P. Fronzuto, is a respected legal resource for complex pediatric malpractice cases, reviewing and consulting on these cases on a national scale. Our firm is extremely selective in the cases that we take on and we purposefully limit our case load to provide the most attentive, personalized service to our clients. Our evidence-based approach requires us to develop a comprehensive understanding of both the medical and legal nuances of each case, which we leverage to achieve maximum compensation for clients and their families. To discuss your child’s case with a member of our knowledgeable legal team, please schedule a free initial consultation today by calling 973-435-4551 or toll free at 888-409-0816. You may also contact our law firm online.
“Ernie is a gifted litigator who made our family feel comfortable and safe. He protected us every step of the way. Our case was long and complicated and not only did Ernie learn about this rare condition, he became an expert!” – Former Client
Crouzon Syndrome: The Basics
Crouzon syndrome is a rare condition caused by a genetic mutation. This genetic disorder occurs in approximately 1.6 per 100,000 children and it is estimated that about 4.5% of children with craniosynostosis have Crouzon syndrome. Unlike other forms of craniosynostosis, children with Crouzon syndrome do not suffer from deformations of the hands or feet. In addition to the cranial deformations that mark Crouzon syndrome, the condition can also involve:
- Cervical spine abnormalities
- Shallow eye sockets and bulging eyes
- Hearing loss or deafness
- Smaller upper jaw and larger lower jaw
- Small, beak-like nose
- Restricted range of motion in the elbow
- Hydrocephalus (excess fluid on the brain)
- Chiari malformation (abnormality of the back of the brain)
Crouzon Syndrome Diagnosis and Treatment
Although Crouzon syndrome typically develops prior to birth, certain cases do not manifest until several years into the child’s life. In rare cases, known as late onset, Crouzon syndrome actually develops between the ages of 5 and 10, with children reporting headaches and changes in vision. The first physical indication of Crouzon children in newborns is generally noted in the eye sockets, as they appear wide-set and shallow, with eyes that appear to bulge. Physical symptoms usually serve as the primary indication of the condition, after which a genetic test can be used to confirm the diagnosis. Once your child is diagnosed with Crouzon syndrome, his or her doctor should develop a treatment plan or refer you to a specialist. Some cases of Crouzon syndrome require immediate corrective surgery to detach the skull bones or to prevent them from completely closing, while others may require several surgeries of the skull and face, and still others may not warrant surgical intervention at all. Other treatments may be necessary to address hearing loss, vision problems, and breathing difficulties. Failure to appropriately identify and treat Crouzon Syndrome can lead to devastating consequences and may provide grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Contact our New Jersey Crouzon Syndrome Lawyers for a Free Case Review
If your child suffers from Crouzon Syndrome, craniosynostosis, plagiocephaly, or another cranial deformity, contact Fronzuto Law Group to schedule a free initial consultation about your potential claim: 973-435-4551 (toll free at 888-409-0816). We review cases across the United States.
Crouzon Syndrome Resources
- A Guide to Understanding Crouzon Syndrome, from the Children’s Craniofacial Association
- U.S. National Library Medicine: Crouzon Syndrome
- Crouzon Syndrome, from the National Organization for Rare Disorders