Cerebral Palsy: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Medical Negligence (Pt. 1)

August 28, 2014


Cerebral palsy, a condition that has mental and physical impacts, can be caused by medical negligence before, during or after the birthing process.

Cerebral palsy, a condition that has mental and physical impacts, can be caused by medical negligence before, during or after the birthing process.

Cerebral palsy (CP), an umbrella term that refers to a group of conditions, develops as a result of some damage to the developing brain. While there may be a number of environmental and biological factors that can contribute to the development of cerebral palsy, in many cases, CP develops as a result of some pregnancy complication and/or medical negligence that results in this birth injury.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood motor disability.
  • Approximately 1 out of every 323 children in the U.S. is living with cerebral palsy.
  • More than 40 percent of children living with cerebral palsy are also living with some other serious impairment like epilepsy.

Given the prevalence of cerebral palsy and the fact that, in many cases, medical negligence can contribute to this birth injury, in this three-part blog, we will take a closer look at the facts about cerebral palsy. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, we are ready to meet with you to help you determine whether your child’s CP may have been caused or worsened by some type of medical negligence.

Cerebral Palsy Facts: An Overview of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy can manifest in various forms, depending on the area of the brain that has been damaged. While many of the people living with cerebral palsy will have a combination of cognitive and motor impairments, the specific types of cerebral palsy are classified as follows:

  • Spastic cerebral palsy – As the most common form of CP, spastic cerebral palsy is characterized by muscle stiffness, increased muscle tone and awkward movement. Spastic CP can impact only one side of a person’s body or his entire body, and this type of cerebral palsy accounts for about 80 percent of all CP cases.
  • Dyskinetic cerebral palsy – With this type of CP, people will not be able to control their movements and can experience rapid jerky movements, writhing or some combination thereof.
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy – This type of cerebral palsy impacts a person’s balance and coordination and can, more specifically, affect a person’s ability to write, reach and pick things up.

Be sure to check out the additional parts of this blog series for more important information about cerebral palsy and how it may be caused by medical negligence.

Portland Birth Injury Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm

Has your child been diagnosed with cerebral palsy? If so, the Portland birth injury attorneys at the Savage Law Firm can help you determine whether medical negligence may have contributed to your child’s condition. Since 1977, we have been dedicated to providing each of our clients with the highest quality legal services, and we are ready to advocate your rights if you are entitled to compensation for your child’s birth injuries.

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