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CEREBRAL PALSY – BIRTH INJURY

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Every year, 2-3 out of every 1,000 infants born in the United States are diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP). Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage. It is described as an impairment of the body’s ability to control movement and posture. Research shows that cerebral palsy results from an abnormal development of a child’s brain or injury to a baby’s brain occurring in the moments prior to birth or shortly after delivery.

Cerebral palsy is one of the most serious birth injuries that may occur as a result of medical malpractice. It can affect both motor coordination and cognition due to brain damage in the parts of the brain that control movement and injury to the higher functioning parts of the brain, respectively. Injuries can range from mild to severe. Often, a child will have some combination of both physical and mental injury.

Cerebral palsy is a non-progressive condition. This means that although injury to the brain is permanent, there will be no further degeneration of the brain. Extensive therapies may help with the symptoms of cerebral palsy and are usually needed for the entire life of a child.

What Causes Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is often caused by lack of oxygen and blood flow to a baby’s brain during labor and delivery. This event is also known as hypoxia-ischemia. Other prenatal and postnatal events associated with an increased likelihood of cerebral palsy include:

In each of these situations, prudent doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals have a number of opportunities to prevent serious, permanent, and devastating neurological and physical injuries to children born with cerebral palsy.

What Are the Most Common Types of Cerebral Palsy?

There are two major types of cerebral palsy for which an infant may be diagnosed. These types of cerebral palsy are known as spastic cerebral palsy and non-spastic cerebral palsy.

Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type of cerebral palsy. Signs that a child may have spastic cerebral palsy include exaggerated reflexes and increased muscle tone.

A child with non-spastic cerebral palsy may exhibit decreased or fluctuating muscle tone. There are multiple forms of non-spastic cerebral palsy wherein a child demonstrates involuntary movements. These forms include:

  • Ataxic cerebral palsy. Manifests as uncoordinated voluntary muscle movements, problems with balance and speech delay.
  • Dyskinetic athetoid cerebral palsy. Consists of slow, smooth, writhing movements that involve distal muscles, such as those in the arms, hands, legs and feet.
  • Dyskinetic dystonia cerebral palsy. Encompasses cases that affect the trunk muscles resulting in a fixed, twisted position.

What Are Common Signs and Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy?

Characteristics associated with a potential birth injury claim include:

Early signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy include:

  • Difficulty feeding
  • Reduced muscle tone (hypotonic)
  • Developmental delays
  • Failure to reach milestones such as rolling over, sitting, crawling and walking
  • Behavioral problems
  • Dragging feet
  • Walking on tip-toes

Often, cerebral palsy can go undetected or undiagnosed for months or even years as the injury becomes more noticeable as a child grows older. Although cerebral palsy is a permanent condition, if given the right treatment, children with cerebral palsy may improve their symptoms and experience a normal life expectancy.

What Should I Do If My Child Receives a Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis?

If your child is affected by cerebral palsy as a result of malpractice, call our birth injury attorneys at (877) 262-9767 to discuss your situation. You can also fill out our confidential online contact form. We represent families nationwide, and have offices located in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Wilmington and Birmingham.

The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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