Massachusetts Cerebral Palsy Lawyer

Cerebral palsy is a group of permanent disorders characterized by loss of movement or loss of nerve functions. Cerebral palsy disorders are caused by hypoxia (low oxygen) to the brain during fetal development, birth, or shortly after birth. The severity of cerebral palsy in each child depends upon the section of brain affected.

If you believe your child has been affected by cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice or have questions about medical malpractice law, we can help.

Call us at 1-888-554-2889 to speak to a Massachusetts medical malpractice attorney. We offer:

  • A free, no-obligation case evaluation with our personal injury lawyers
  • No fee unless we win your case
  • Flexible appointments
  • Home and hospital visits

Cerebral Palsy – Contributing Factors

Common contributing factors to cerebral palsy that should be prevented include:

  • Misreading fetal monitoring equipment
  • Failure to diagnose fetal distress during labor
  • Waiting too long to perform a Cesarean section (C-section)
  • Administering too much Pitocin
  • Failure to respond to a developing situation in a timely manner

Ongoing fetal distress is a major cause of cerebral palsy that is too often a result of medical malpractice. The standard of care requires continuous electronic fetal monitoring throughout labor. This monitoring alerts doctors and nurses of the mother’s contraction pattern and the baby’s heart beat.

When certain patterns arise, the doctor or nurse should recognize the baby is not tolerating labor and react quickly by delivering the baby via cesarean section (C-section). If the doctor or nurse fails to recognize the warning signs, this crucial mistake can result in the baby not getting enough oxygen and blood flow to the brain resulting in cerebral palsy.

See Cerebral Palsy Frequently Asked Questions


Signs of Cerebral Palsy

Children born with cerebral palsy may not display signs of the cerebral palsy at birth. This is because the baby’s nervous system needs to mature further before the signs become evident. However, babies with severe forms of cerebral palsy may have signs of the condition at birth or shortly thereafter.

Cerebral palsy is a disruption of motor skills in the baby; therefore a newborn with cerebral palsy may display symptoms such as:

  • problems sucking and swallowing
  • a weak or shrill cry
  • a very floppy body
  • a very stiff body, paralysis or seizures

Cerebral Palsy Classifications

Classifications of cerebral palsy include: spastic cerebral palsy, dyskinetic cerebral palsy, ataxic cerebral palsy, and mixed cerebral palsy. Spastic cerebral palsy includes about half of the cases of cerebral palsy in America.

  • Common signs of spastic quadriplegia are noticeable by the age of three months and include:
  • a baby’s failure to turn to sudden noise
  • a baby does not follow objects with his or her eyes
  • a baby does not show facial expression.

Cerebral Palsy Support

The following are organizations and associations that provide information and support for families dealing with cerebral palsy:

  • American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
  • United Cerebral Palsy Association
  • The American Academy of Neurology
  • The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
  • TASH: Disability Advocacy Worldwide
  • National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research
  • United States Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association
  • IBIS-International Birth Defects Information System

Contact a Massachusetts Cerebral Palsy Lawyer

If you suspect your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy due to the negligence of others, you may be entitled to compensation that will ensure your family is able to provide the best possible care and quality of life for your child.

Please call or contact Kelley Law Group’s personal injury lawyers immediately so a qualified medical malpractice attorney can closely examine your child’s delivery processes to determine whether the birth injury was a result of medical malpractice. Our lawyers and medical experts will work together to assess your child’s injury and determine whether you should move forward with litigation.

Call us at 1-888-554-2889 to speak to a Massachusetts cerebral palsy lawyer. We offer:

  • A free, no-obligation case evaluation
  • No fee unless we win your case
  • Flexible appointments
  • Home and hospital visits