Cerebral Palsy: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Medical Negligence (Pt. 2)

August 31, 2014

Picking up from where Cerebral Palsy: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Medical Negligence (Pt. 1) left off, here we will continue discussing cerebral palsy, which – in many cases – stems from the brain damage caused by birth injuries and medical negligence. While the first part of this blog focused on presenting some cerebral palsy statistics and an overview of the specific types of cerebral palsy, here we will highlight some of the signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

Cerebral palsy symptoms will vary with age, as well as the type of CP a baby has. Contact us to find out if your child’s CP may have been caused by medical negligence.

Cerebral palsy symptoms will vary with age, as well as the type of CP a baby has. Contact us to find out if your child’s CP may have been caused by medical negligence.

In general, diagnosing CP occurs in the months or within the first year after a baby is born. This is because the symptoms of cerebral palsy will not usually become apparent until it’s obvious that an infant is not reaching certain milestones. Specifically, cerebral palsy symptoms are as follows:

  • For babies younger than 6 months old, cerebral palsy symptoms may include:
    • Stiffness or floppiness
    • Overextension of the back and neck when being cradled
    • Crossing or scissoring of the legs when being picked up
    • Lagging head movement when being picked up from a lying down position.
  • For babies between 6 and 10 months old, cerebral palsy symptoms may include:
    • Not rolling over in either direction
    • An inability to bring the hands together and/or bring the hands to the mouth
    • Keeping one hand fisted when reaching out the other.
  • For babies older than 10 months old, cerebral palsy symptoms may include:
    • Dragging one leg and hand while trying to crawl with the opposite leg and hand
    • Not crawling on all fours
    • Scooting on the buttocks and/or hopping on the knees.

It’s important to point out that:

  • Some children may display any of these cerebral palsy symptoms but still may not have CP (as every child’s development will be slightly different).
  • If you notice some of cerebral palsy symptoms in your infant, it’s critical you consult with your doctor for a proper diagnosis.

Don’t miss the final installment of this blog series for a focused discussion regarding medical negligence and its role in increasing the risk and incidence of cerebral palsy.

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 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.

At the Savage Law Firm, our commitment to meeting the highest professional standards of legal representation motivates us to consistently build our clients the strongest possible cases, be accessible to our clients at every stage of their case and do whatever it takes to help them obtain the best possible outcomes.

Contact Us to Discuss Your Case

Helping you recover from the financial setbacks caused by birth injuries is one of our primary goals. Our Portland birth injury attorneys encourage you to learn more about your rights and case by setting up a free initial consult.

To learn more about our legal services and what we can do for you, call us at 503-222-0200 (in Portland) or at 206-957-7272 (in Seattle). You can also email us using the form on this page.

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