While patients with mild cerebral palsy may not need any special medical attention, patients with severe cerebral palsy may be unable to walk, suffer a number of related health conditions, and require extensive lifelong help. Due to the seriousness of a patient’s condition, those with severe cerebral palsy may have a significantly reduced life expectancy.
Free Cerebral Palsy Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, brachial plexus palsy or Erb’s palsy, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
Sadly, babies born with severe cerebral palsy often have an irregular posture; their bodies may be either very floppy or very stiff. Birth defects, such as spinal curvature, a small jawbone, or a small head sometimes occur along with CP. Symptoms may appear or change as a child gets older. Some babies born with CP do not show obvious signs right away. Classically, cerebral palsy becomes evident when the baby reaches the developmental stage at six and a half to 9 months and is starting to mobilize, where preferential use of limbs, asymmetry, or gross motor developmental delay is seen.
Symptoms of Severe Cerebral Palsy
The symptoms of severe cerebral palsy will depend on several factors, such as the exact area of the brain that is damaged and the severity of the damage. Symptoms may include a combination of the following:
- abnormally toned muscles (which an be under- or overly toned)
- an inability to perform tasks that require dexterity, such as writing
- bowel control problems
- difficulty speaking
- difficulty walking
- mental retardation
- paraplegia or quadriplegia
- problems with balance and coordination
- tremors, writhing and/or other involuntary movements
Cerebral palsy can be caused by any number of traumatic events, such as fetal infections, prolapsed umbilical cord, or congenital abnormalities. However, when medical professionals make mistakes that cause or worsen an infant’s brain damage and result in cerebral palsy, victims and their families will have a strong personal injury claim in which they will be able to seek financial compensation.
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, & Erb’s palsy lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.