Cerebral Palsy

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Thomas Kiley is Nicknamed the "Million Dollar Man" by the Boston Herald Sunday Magazine because of the numerous million dollar verdicts and settlements he has obtained on behalf of clients since 1976. He operates the Kiley Law Group in Massachusetts.

As a parent, you want to protect your child from any harm, but outside factors beyond your control can cause devastating injury that can affect them for the rest of their lives. Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects the brain’s ability to control the body, creating issues with even the most everyday tasks, like eating and breathing. And this condition is not temporary. A child with cerebral palsy will be an adult with cerebral palsy and forever require medical interventions, rehabilitative therapies, and even round-the-clock care to go about their daily lives. No child deserves such a life, but it is very unfortunate that it may happen.

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is defined as “a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions, such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking” by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. This devastating condition may be caused by a number of factors during pregnancy or birth. Some of these include:

  • Bleeding in the brain;
  • Head injury;
  • Severe jaundice;
  • Brain infections; and
  • Hypoxia, or lack of sufficient oxygen during pregnancy or birth.

Cerebral Palsy Resulting from Medical Malpractice

Unfortunately, the above causes may be the result of negligence on the part of healthcare professionals and staff during prenatal screening or even labor process. If a medical professional fails to adhere to accepted standards of medical care when conducting tests or performing procedures, they can potentially make mistakes that endanger the health and safety of infants. Some of the most common ways negligence may cause cerebral palsy are:

  • Failure to perform standard prenatal tests;
  • Failure to identify or resolve health risks;
  • Performing procedures without proper training;
  • Improper use of vacuum extraction;
  • Improper use of forceps; and
  • Leaving conditions such as meningitis or jaundice untreated.

Whether it is the result of poor training, fatigue, distraction, or even just apathy, neglecting to perform one’s duty in accordance with the appropriate standards may be accounted for in civil court.

Recovering Rightful Compensation for Your Child

If your child suffers from cerebral palsy, your family is faced with mounting costs related to medical care, interventions, rehabilitative care, and daily assistance. Many children with cerebral palsy need the help of machines and other equipment just to go about their daily lives. It should be the responsibility of those that caused your child injury to pay for the support services they require to have the best possible quality of life.

Legal Options are Available

If your child has cerebral palsy as the result of a healthcare professional’s negligent or wrongful actions, the experienced cerebral palsy attorneys with the Kiley Law Group can help you find the answers you need to make sense of such a difficult situation. Call us at (888) 208-1695 to learn more about your legal rights and pursing the compensation your child deserves.