Helping Parents and Children Affected by Cerebral Palsy in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area and throughout Missouri and Illinois
A diagnosis of cerebral palsy means a lifetime of increased care. As a result, the costs associated with caring for a family member with cerebral palsy can be a huge burden, but it may not be a burden your family has to carry alone.
If you have a child that has been recently diagnosed, you are probably wondering whether his or her cerebral palsy was caused by the negligence of a medical professional. Our knowledgeable attorneys thoroughly evaluate your case and determine if you are entitled to compensation.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage to a developing brain in the womb, at birth or immediately after birth. Cerebral palsy is characterized by impairment or loss of motor function.
The condition affects one’s movement, muscle control, reflexes, balance, coordination and motor skills. There is no cure for this condition, although therapies may yield some improvement. This condition will require a lifetime of medical and in-home care.
Signs that an infant may have cerebral palsy:
- The baby demonstrates poor sucking
- The baby experiences seizures in the 48 hours following birth
- The baby is floppy or has blue skin at birth
- The baby has trouble breathing and requires resuscitation
How Can a Doctor Be at Fault?
Cerebral palsy is often caused during pregnancy, labor, and childbirth. Not all cases of cerebral palsy are caused by a doctor’s negligence.
However, a doctor may be negligent if it can be proven that he or she:
- Failed to treat an infection during pregnancy
- Improperly used forceps or vacuum extractor
- Did not order a c-section at the proper time
- Used a labor-inducing drug improperly
- Left severe jaundice untreated
- Failed to order specific tests during the pregnancy
Contact a St. Louis Cerebral Palsy Lawyer
If you think that there are certain facts in your case that indicate a doctor may be responsible for your child’s cerebral palsy diagnosis, you should speak to an attorney right away. You should get the help you and your family deserves under law.
Our skilled attorney will fight for you in your difficult time. Cerebral palsy cases are medical malpractice cases that require strict adherence to certain procedures that vary depending on jurisdiction.
Kilo Flynn attorneys have the experience needed to guide your claim so that you can get the compensation. We have worked on cerebral palsy cases throughout Missouri and Illinois. Our clients reside in the Missouri counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Jefferson, Franklin and Crawford, and the Illinois counties of Madison, St. Clair and Monroe. To schedule a free consultation with one of our St. Louis cerebral palsy attorneys, call our office today 314-647-8910.