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Was Your Child Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy in Missouri? We Can Help!

A cerebral palsy diagnosis can be frightening and confusing. This is not the future you had planned for, but it is the hand you have been dealt. If a negligent health care professional dealt that hand, you may be able to pursue compensation to afford the treatment and guidance that your child needs to learn how to effectively adapt to cerebral palsy and live a happy life.

The law recognizes that if your child’s condition was caused by any type of carelessness or mistake before, during, or after delivery, the responsible party should play their part in setting things right by taking accountability for their actions. That’s why wronged families have the right to file a civil lawsuit to seek financial compensation for the child’s medical treatment, pain and suffering, ongoing medical needs, loss of the ability to make a living and lifelong care.

Cullan & Cullan is here to help you and your family during this difficult time. Our legal team includes Kansas City cerebral palsy attorneys who are also medical doctors, which means that we can use our legal and medical knowledge, as well as our academic and hands-on experience, to deliver high-quality counsel in cerebral palsy injury cases. These cases are notoriously challenging and complex. They require an attorney who has in-depth You must retain an attorney who has handled these kind of cases.

Call (816) 253-8606 now for a free consultation regarding your child’s condition, rights, and legal options.

What Causes Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is too often the result of medical negligence. Oxygen deprivation or physical trauma can cause brain damage and lead to cerebral palsy. When this occurs, at-fault parties should be held accountable responsible for their actions. Only a complete and meticulous investigation into the circumstances surrounding your child’s birth will reveal whether malpractice may have caused their injuries.

Potential malpractice-related causes of cerebral palsy may include:

Diagnosing Different Types of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is actually a group of conditions that impacts movement, balance, and posture. Like any condition, each person with it experiences different symptoms. For example, many people with cerebral palsy have trouble walking and require accommodations and long-term care, while others may be a little imbalanced while walking but do not need any personalized care. It all depends on the type of cerebral palsy a person has and how severe their symptoms are.

The four main types of cerebral palsy are:

  • Spastic cerebral palsy, which affects muscle tone and leads to stiff muscles.
  • Dyskinetic cerebral palsy in which people have a difficult time controlling their arms, hands, legs, and feet. In some cases, people with this type of cerebral palsy also have trouble controlling their face and tongue.
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy, which affects balance and coordination. The hands and arms may also be affected, making writing and other tasks difficult.
  • Mixed cerebral palsy in which people experience the symptoms of more than one type of cerebral palsy.

Since damage to and/or abnormal development of the brain leads to cerebral palsy, it is not uncommon for people with cerebral palsy to have additional conditions, including seizures, scoliosis, joint problems, intellectual disabilities, and speech, vision, and hearing problems.

Is It Possible to Cure Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy cannot be cured, but treatment can help reduce a person’s symptoms. Medications to loosen up muscles may be prescribed, and surgeries may be able to remedy irregular bone positioning and alignment or address high muscle tone by cutting nerve fibers.

Therapies may also be used to help a person adapt to the symptoms of cerebral palsy:

  • Speech and language therapy to help with problems related to language, speech, communication, eating, swallowing, and the like.
  • Occupational therapy to learn how to carry out daily routines and activities independently.
  • Recreational therapy to improve motor skills, speech, and promote well-being through recreational and/or competitive sports.
  • Physical therapy to improve strength, mobility, balance, flexibility, and motor development.


There are strict deadlines for filing medical malpractice claims. These deadlines are complex and fact-based. The laws pertaining to these deadlines or statute of limitations differ drastically from state to state. For example, the deadlines in Missouri are completely different from the deadlines in Kansas. The statute of limitations can also differ depending on what type of defendant was negligent. There are special procedures if the defendant is a governmental entity. When a child is injured both the parents and child have independent causes of action. The parental claim must be filed in a short period of time while the claim on behalf of the child / minor may not have to be filed quickly. If you suspect that an injury has occurred due to medical malpractice it is important to call an attorney as soon as possible for assistance in preserving the evidence and in determining the deadlines in YOUR case.

Our Acclaimed Doctor-Lawyers Will Advocate for You

The cerebral palsy lawyers at our firm are also doctors. Over 80% of the cases we handle involve cerebral palsy caused by medical negligence at birth. With our medical and legal knowledge, our Kansas City cerebral palsy injury attorneys at Cullan & Cullan are uniquely and fully equipped to investigate these cases.

To find out how we can help you, contact our Kansas City Cerebral Palsy cerebral palsy injury lawyers today. In a free consultation, we will discuss your rights and legal options.

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