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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Attorney in San Francisco

Record-Results For Birth Injury Victims in California: (888) 831-8448

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a permanent, non-progressive neurological condition characterized by varying degrees of disability. As the CDC estimates as many as 1 in 5 cases of cerebral palsy result from medical negligence, it’s important for parents to explore whether their child’s condition could and should have been prevented if not for medical negligence – and whether they have the right to pursue legal action.

At Bostwick & Peterson, LLP, we’ve become known nationally as specialists in complex, catastrophic medical malpractice and birth injury cases. Led by two of the most respected plaintiffs’ trial lawyers in the nation, we’ve proven our ability to help families prevail amid the most challenging times.

Why Choose Us?

  • Record-Setting Medical Malpractice Results
  • Over $1 Billion Recovered for Clients
  • Award-Winning, Nationally Recognized Attorneys
  • Personalized, Compassionate Support

Learn how our firm can fight for your family by calling (888) 831-8448 or contacting us online. Bostwick & Peterson proudly serves clients throughout California, Hawaii, and the U.S.

Cerebral Palsy & Birth Injury Lawsuits

Cerebral palsy is a complex condition caused by oxygen deprivation and brain damage. It causes problems with muscle tone, muscle coordination, and motor control. In the most severe cases, seizures may also exist. Cerebral palsy doesn’t worsen as a child ages, but depending on its severity and type, can create immense challenges and limitations throughout a person’s life.

Types of cerebral palsy include:

  • Athetoid: Athetoid cerebral palsy (sometimes called dyskinetic in cases where CP results from hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy) is the most common form of the condition. Children typically have full intellectual capabilities, but often experience a lack of control over muscles which may differ in tone (tight or loose), and which may contract involuntarily.
  • Ataxic: The least common form of CP, ataxic cerebral palsy only affects a child’s fine motor skills. In some cases, there may also be difficulties related to the inner ear and speech.
  • Spastic Quadriplegia: Also referred to as tetraplegic CP, spastic quadriplegia CP involves a child having little to no control over their limbs (movement of the arms and legs), delayed development, and, in some cases, considerable and chronic pain.

Parents of babies born with CP have many questions, particularly when it comes to how the condition occurred. In some cases, it’s unexplainable. In others, it’s the result of medical negligence and mistakes made by providers who treated pregnant mothers before, during, or shortly after delivery.

Some common examples of medical errors / malpractice that can result in cerebral palsy include:

  • Failures to diagnose maternal medical conditions or potential complications during pregnancy;
  • Failure to monitor vital signs and / or fetal heart rate during delivery, and failures to act when a fetus is in distress;
  • Delayed C-sections or failures to perform C-sections when complications arise;
  • Medication errors involving labor-inducing drugs (i.e. Pitocin);
  • Improper medical response to fetal distress, and failures to perform timely brain cooling therapy following infant brain damage.

Doctors, nurses, and other health care providers who oversee pregnancies and deliveries are expected to meet acceptable standards of their profession – meaning they must act as any reasonably skilled medical professional would be expected to act under the same or similar circumstances.

When providers fail to meet their “duty of care,” it opens the door to what can be profound and permanent injuries – as well as civil lawsuits filed by families who must now face a lifetime of added expenses, including those related to a child’s medical bills, accommodative needs, and more.

Let a Proven San Francisco Cerebral Palsy Attorney Fight For You

Based in San Francisco, Bostwick & Peterson proudly serves families throughout California and the nation. Over the years, Partners James Bostwick (a Certified Medical Malpractice Specialist) and Erik Peterson have secured remarkable recoveries in a range of difficult medical malpractice cases, as well as record-setting verdicts and settlements in five separate states.

As our case results show, we’ve excelled in birth injury and malpractice cases for many years, and have secured record results in cerebral palsy cases.

If you’d like to speak with an attorney about your rights and options, call (888) 831-8448.

NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED LAW FIRM

  • Inner Circle of Advocates
    Inner Circle of Advocates

    Invitation-only organization of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in the U.S.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Former President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, limited to the top 500 trial lawyers in the U.S.

  • Super Lawyers 2020
    Super Lawyers 2020

    James S. Bostwick and Erik L. Peterson have been named top-rated medical malpractice attorneys in Northern California.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Board of Trial Advocates

    Invitation-only group of the nation’s top civil lawyers and judges.

  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
    American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

    James Bostwick is a nationally certified medical malpractice specialist and founding member.

  • The Best Lawyers in America
    The Best Lawyers in America

    Recognized since its inception in 1983 by this peer-reviewed publication, comprised of the best legal talent in the world.

  • Best Law Firms 2021
    Best Law Firms 2021

    Recognized for professional excellence with impressive ratings from clients and peers.

  • The National Trial Lawyers
    The National Trial Lawyers

    James Bostwick & Erik Peterson are listed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates
    Multi-Million Dollar Advocates

    An exclusive group limited to less than 1% of U.S. attorneys who have won multi-million dollar results.

  • Lawdragon
    Lawdragon

    James Bostwick inducted into the Hall of Fame and featured among the Top 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in America.

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What Sets Bostwick & Peterson, LLP Apart?

  • More Than $1 Billion In Settlements And Verdicts For Our Clients
  • Since January 2018, The Firm Has Twice Broken The California Record For Largest Medical Malpractice Settlements
  • Best Lawyers® Trial Lawyer Of The Year In 2012
  • James Bostwick Is A Nationally Certified Specialist By The American Board Of Professional Liability
  • Included In The List Of "Best Lawyers In America" By U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Since Its Inception In 1983
  • James Bostwick Received The Trial Lawyers "Presidential Award Of Merit"
  • Invite-Only Member Of The Inner Circle of Advocates, Limited To The Nation’s Top 100 Plaintiff Lawyers
  • Record-Setting Verdicts & Settlements In Five States, For Malpractice, Truck, And Auto Accidents
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