Cerebral Palsy Lawyer
What is CP?
Cerebral Palsy or CP for short is the congenital disorder that effects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. It is caused by abnormality or damage to the brain development that controls muscle movement. There are more than 200,000 cases in the United States per year. Although CP cannot be cured there are treatments that can help, such as prescription drugs, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Cerebral Palsy is classified by the main type of movement disorder involved.
Signs & Symptoms of CP
The early signs of cerebral palsy usually appear before a child turns three years old. It can happen before birth, during birth or during the first years of a child’s life while the brain is still developing. Common signs that occur include:
- Difficulty eating and swallowing
- If baby is under six months and seems overextend when cradled in your arms and constantly acting as if they are pushing away from you.
- If the baby legs are stiff and they cross or scissor when you pick them up.
- If the baby’s head lags when you pick them up when they are laying on their back.
- If the baby is over six months and is having difficulty bringing their hands to their mouth
- If the baby is older than 10 months and crawls in a lopsided manner by pushing off with one hand and leg while dragging the opposite hand and leg.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
Spastic Cerebral Palsy
This affects 80 % of people with CP. People with spastic cerebral palsy have increased muscle tone, making their muscles stiff and can even make their movements awkward.
Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy
A person with this type of CP has muscle tone that can change at any time. This causes uncontrollable movements of their arms, feet or hands that can either be slow or rapid and jerky.
Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
This type of CP effects a person’s balance and coordination. A person with this may have a hard time writing or might be unsteady when they walk.
Mixed Cerebral Palsy
This occurs when a person has more than one type of CP.
When to Call a Cerebral Palsy Lawyer
Significant trauma to the head and errors that happened during or after birth can lead to CP. Errors include: failure to treat meningitis, low blood sugar, infections, jaundice or a delayed delivery that deprives a child of oxygen. If you believe your child has been harmed as a result of a doctor’s negligence, contact an attorney to see your legal options you may be entitled to a monetary compensation. Contact our Baltimore cerebral palsy lawyer.