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Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

What Are Cerebral Palsy Symptoms?

There are four main types of cerebral palsy, including:

  1. Spastic cerebral palsy - Occurs when a person's muscles are unnaturally and involuntarily tight. The cerebral palsy victim may suffer from jerky movements or difficulty letting go of handheld objects. Roughly 70%-80% of all cerebral palsy cases involve Spastic cerebral palsy.
  2. Athetoid cerebral palsy - Occurs when muscles involuntarily fluctuate between being too tight and too weak. Many times a cerebral palsy victim will have slow and uncontrolled movements or trouble standing upright. Roughly 10% to 20% of all cerebral palsy cases involve Athetoid cerebral palsy.
  3. Ataxic cerebral palsy - Occurs when muscles are too weak. Cerebral Palsy victims may be shaky and unsteady, causing the individual to have poor balance and experience difficulty while walking. Roughly 5% to 10% of all cerebral palsy cases involve Ataxic cerebral palsy.
  4. Mixed cerebral palsy - Unfortunately, many cerebral palsy victims suffer from more than one type of cerebral palsy. This is usually called "Mixed cerebral palsy." Mixed cerebral palsy is usually a combination of Spastic cerebral palsy and Athetoid cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis and Risks

Cerebral palsy can be diagnosed either before or after childbirth. However, some cerebral palsy factors include:

  • Breech presentation - In this situation, the baby is positioned feet first rather than head first, the usual and customary presentation for birth
  • A complicated labor or delivery - This can include seizures moments after birth and can be caused by some kind of cerebral palsy medical malpractice
  • Vascular or respiratory problems before or after birth
  • Premature birth or low birth weight
  • Visible neurological malformation (like abnormally small head)
  • A low Apgar score (a medical rating system completed minutes after birth)

Additionally, symptoms of cerebral palsy may occasionally be present before a child is born. This occurs more commonly when the mother has hyperthyroidism, mental retardation or suffers from seizures.

Did Your Doctor Cause Your Child To Have Cerebral Palsy?

Do you think your doctor may have caused your child to develop cerebral palsy? If your child was born with cerebral palsy it may be because of an error committed by the delivery staff at the hospital (this can either be medical malpractice or medical negligence). Over 100,000 individuals die every year because of medical malpractice or medical negligence.

Find A Cerebral Palsy Attorney

If your child was born with cerebral palsy, you may be able to sue for medical negligence or medical malpractice. Cerebral palsy lawyers are offering free legal consultations to anyone born with cerebral palsy - contact an attorney today!

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