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How Different Types of Cerebral Palsy Impact Children

The Becker Law Firm, LPA

Cerebral palsy is a broad term that covers 3 major types of the disease, all of which can impact a child differently. In general this condition is an impairment of movement and motor skills. The severity will depend on which areas of the brain have been damaged.

When you believe that your child’s condition is the result of medical negligence, you could qualify to pursue a claim against the liable healthcare provider. To learn what your options are and who may be held responsible, it would be best to speak with a birth injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Types of Cerebral Palsy

The most common type of cerebral palsy is spastic, which includes the following forms:

  • spastic hemiplegia;
  • spastic quadriplegia; and
  • spastic diplegia.

With spastic hemiplegia, just one side of the child’s body is affected. If the child’s left side of the brain was injured, the opposite side will be impacted. This means impaired muscle tone and movement of the right arm and leg.

Spastic quadriplegia affects both arms and legs. The degree of impairment with muscle tone and movement will vary. Children may experience jerking or tremors of the limbs and many times they will be unable to walk.

Spastic diplegia generally affects just the legs. Although children may be able to walk, it can be difficult because of tightness in their legs. Children with this form of spastic cerebral palsy usually have normal communication skills and intelligence.

Another type that affects around 30 percent of children is dyskinetic or athetoid cerebral palsy. Muscle tone is mixed and it can manifest as low, high or rigid. Movement is involuntary and slow. It can affect children’s hands, feet, arms or legs.

The third type is ataxic cerebral palsy. This is the least common and most severe type that children develop. Muscle tone is low and children will suffer from tremors. Motor skills are significantly impaired and imbalance can make walking impossible. There may also be hearing and visual problems.

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy has a few causes but one of them is brain damage. Although the results of this condition impact a child’s muscle tone and movement, it is damage to the brain that actually leads to this condition.

Brain damage can occur at birth as a result of medical negligence. A failure to provide adequate oxygen or recognizing the need to perform an emergency caesarean section is just a couple of examples of negligence.

When an OB/GYN or any other healthcare professional fails to take appropriate measures to prevent injury to a child, they may be held liable. To learn what your rights are and if you have a legitimate claim worth pursuing, you should consult with a birth injury lawyer in Cleveland.

You could be eligible to receive compensation that addresses your child’s current medical expenses but future ones as well. This may include special services required later on, assistive devices (such as a wheelchair), doctor visits and other medical care related to your child’s birth injury.

Contacting a Cleveland Birth Injury Lawyer

You place the health and safety of your new baby in the hands of your doctors believing you’ll have a healthy new addition to your family. When a medical professional’s negligence results in the serious injury, permanent disability or death of the infant or the birth mother, the impact on your family can be devastating.

The knowledgeable team of Cleveland medical negligence attorneys at The Becker Law Firm serves residents of the Cleveland and Elyria, Ohio, areas when they have been the victims of birth injury, catastrophic injury and wrongful death as the result of medical malpractice. To arrange for a no-cost consultation, home or hospital visit, contact us today – (440) 252-4399.

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