Symptoms of cerebral palsy can be as simple as having difficulty with fine motor tasks like writing or using scissors, or as profound as being unable to maintain balance or walk. Severely afflicted patients may have involuntary movements, such as uncontrollable hand motions and drooling. Others suffer from associated medical disorders, such as seizures and mental retardation.
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What’s the problem?
Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the brain that results in impaired muscle movement and coordination. Most children who are diagnosed with cerebral palsy were born with the condition, though there are instances in which the condition develops as a result of an injury suffered during or shortly after birth. In either case, cerebral palsy is not always immediately diagnosed, in part because of the limited mobility that occurs naturally in babies.
Cerebral Palsy Symptoms
Symptoms of cerebral palsy become more evident as a child grows, and not all children will display the same signs and symptoms of the condition. Symptoms often depend on the type and severity of the cerebral palsy. The most common types of cerebral palsy include:
- Lack of muscle coordination when performing voluntary movements (ataxia)
- Stiff muscles and exaggerated reflexes (spasticity)
- Asymmetrical walking gait, with one foot or leg dragging
- Variations in muscle tone, from too stiff to too floppy
- Excessive drooling or difficulties swallowing, sucking or speaking
- Difficulty with precise motions, such as writing or buttoning a shirt
The brain injury causing cerebral palsy doesn’t change with time, so the symptoms usually don’t worsen with age. Other neurological disorders — such as mental retardation or seizures — also may occur in children with cerebral palsy.
Do I have a Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit?
The Birth Injury Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in cerebral palsy, brachial plexus palsy, and Erb’s palsy lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.