Boston Cerebral Palsy Attorneys

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder that affects body movement and muscle coordination. It is often the result of damage to the brain during or prior to birth. For many with CP, costly, lifelong care is required to manage the condition.

When CP is the result of a birth injury caused by medical negligence, you may be able to recover compensation to help cope with medical costs and long-term therapy. The Boston-based Kiley Law Group has more than 40 years of experience representing injury victims and their families from across Massachusetts, and we’ve recovered more than $400 million for our clients. If your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy following a potential act of medical negligence before or during birth, please call 888-979-9323 for your free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.

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Cerebral Palsy and Legal Cases

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

In broad terms, CP is caused by abnormal brain development, often prior to birth; according to the United Cerebral Palsy organization, 20 percent of all CP cases occur during birth. Sadly, many of these are preventable and are the result of medical negligence. Other factors that can contribute to the development of cerebral palsy include:

  • Mutations in the genes that direct brain development
  • Maternal infections during pregnancy
  • Infant infections that lead to brain inflammation
  • Traumatic brain injury during infancy
  • Disruption of the blood supply to the brain, resulting in fetal stroke
  • Asphyxia, or lack of oxygen reaching the brain

If your child was diagnosed with CP and you have reason to believe it may be related to medical negligence, please contact the attorneys at the Kiley Law Group for a free consultation. We can help you understand your options and guide you through this difficult time. Back to Overview

Can Cerebral Palsy be Prevented?

The answer is both yes and no. CP that is the result of genetic abnormalities cannot be prevented, but other risk factors for cerebral palsy can often be avoided or successfully managed with proper care. Medical errors made before or during birth are generally preventable.

If you suspect medical negligence in your infant’s cerebral palsy diagnosis, you may be able to pursue compensation to help cope with resulting treatment costs. The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have a four-decade record of success helping injury victims, including those harmed as a result of medical malpractice. Please contact us today for a consultation with one of our experienced lawyers. Back to Overview

Cerebral Palsy Treatment and Alternative Therapies

There is no cure for CP, although it sometimes subsides after a number of years, but there are therapies to help manage the condition and allow those with cerebral palsy to enjoy a good quality of life. Treatments to help manage CP include:

  • The use of braces or splints to aid with daily function and prevent muscle rigidity
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Mental health counseling
  • Medications to help improve muscle function and manage pain

In some instances, orthopedic surgery can help reduce discomfort and improve mobility. Some children have also shown benefits from certain types of recreational therapies, such as swimming and horseback riding. Because the costs associated with these therapies can be overwhelming, it’s a good idea to discuss the circumstances of your child’s CP with an attorney if you suspect it may be linked to medical negligence prior to or during birth. Back to Overview

Cerebral Palsy and Medical Errors

Preventable medical errors are an all-too-frequent cause of cerebral palsy. Examples of medical negligence in CP cases include but are not limited to:

  • Failure to recognize or treat fetal distress
  • Improper delay of delivery
  • Failure to diagnose or treat infection
  • Failure to recognize or treat seizures
  • Improper use of forceps
  • Incorrect use of vacuum extraction
  • Failure to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord

If you suspect that any of these circumstances, or other instances of negligence, may have occurred prior to or during the birth of your baby, the attorneys at the Kiley Law Group may be able to help you seek the financial peace of mind you and your family need to cope with the long-term effects. Please contact us today for your free consultation. Backto Case Types

Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

When CP is the result of a medical error, the symptoms and diagnosis can arrive as a surprise to parents. Indicators of cerebral palsy vary widely by individual, but common symptoms include:

  • Uncontrollable reflexes
  • Rigid muscles and variations in muscle tone
  • Lack of muscle coordination, or ataxia
  • Slow onset of basic motor skills, including pushing up on the arms, sitting up or crawling
  • Seeming to favor one side of the body
  • Difficulty maintaining balance
  • Delayed speech development
  • Seizures

CP may also be accompanied by vision and hearing problems, and delayed intellectual development. The onset of CP symptoms typically occurs before age 3, and parents are generally the first to notice the early signs. If you believe your child’s cerebral palsy is related to medical negligence, please contact the Kiley Law Group today for a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys. Backto Case Types

Compensation in Cerebral Palsy Cases

No amount of money can truly compensate for the effects of CP, but fair compensation can provide you the financial security you need for proper long-term care and to help your child maintain a positive quality of life. When cerebral palsy is the result of medical negligence, compensation may include money for:

  • Medical costs
  • Physical therapy
  • Counseling
  • Occupational and speech therapy
  • Home accommodations
  • Pain and suffering

The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group understand the extensive expenses associated with the long-term management, and we work hard on behalf of families with children who suffer CP due to medical errors. We recently recovered $2.4 million in a case in which undiagnosed fetal distress led to CP. Backto Case Types

  • Proven Results
    $3.5 Million
    18 year-old man who suffered a head injury in a motor vehicle accident
  • Proven Results
    $5.6 Million
    68 year-old man who suffered a head injury in a motor vehicle accident

Contact a Boston Cerebral Palsy Attorney

The Boston injury attorneys at the Kiley Law Group recognize the challenges faced by children with CP, as well as their families. When cerebral palsy is the result of a birth injury caused by medical negligence, our accomplished lawyers are here to lead you through this difficult time and fight for the compensation you need. We offer free, no-obligation consultations, and we never charge unless we recover on your behalf. Please call us today at 888-979-9323 to learn how we can help.

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