Many birth injuries involve the diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy. As a birth trauma lawyer with over three decades of experience, I’ve helped families with many different types of cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder of muscle movement and coordination. It’s caused by an injury to a child’s brain that occurred before or during birth or sometimes from an injury in infancy. CP affects the part of the brain that controls body movement and is characterized by a lack of control over muscle movements. There is no cure for cerebral palsy, but early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve quality of life.
The failure to carry out a medically indicated cesarean section or the use of excessive force during a vacuum extraction are common causes of birth injury cerebral palsy.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type of CP, and is characterized by exaggerated reflexes, stiff, awkward and tense muscle movements, and a general lack of coordination. Spastic cerebral palsy is divided into three basic types:
- Spastic diplegia – includes difficulty walking caused by tense leg and hip muscles that make the legs cross at the knees.
- Spastic hemiplegia – affects one side of the body and may prevent the arm and leg from developing normally.
- Spastic quadriplegia – The most severe of this type of palsy, affecting the arms, legs, and body and makes walking and talking difficult.
Athetoid cerebral palsy, or dyskinetic cerebral palsy, is the second most common form of cerebral palsy. It results in a combination of uncontrolled very tense and very relaxed muscles. This is often exhibited in symptoms such as bad posture and facial problems such as grimacing, drooling and difficulty talking.,
Ataxic cerebral palsy is characterized by poor coordination caused by disrupted balance and depth perception and a lack of coordination.. People suffering from ataxic cerebral palsy may experience balance problems, clumsiness, lack of fine motor skills, seizures, or difficulty reaching for items.
Hypotonic cerebral palsy is characterized by floppy muscle tone.
Cerebral palsy can be caused by medical neglect or a mistake made by medical professionals.
If you believe that your child’s cerebral palsy is a result of of medical malpractice from a physician or other medical care provider, please contact me at 1-800-556-4760. I will fight and I’ll Make Them Pay!® and make sure your child gets taken care of and can get the treatment and therapy he or she needs to live the best life possible.