Cerebral palsy refers to a group of non-progressive motor conditions that can lead to physical disability in terms of body movement and development. When the motor control centers of an infant’s brain are damaged during pregnancy, during childbirth, or after the baby is born, it can result in cerebral palsy.
In far too many cases, cerebral palsy results from medical mistakes during labor and delivery, most commonly oxygen deprivation. If you believe a doctor or another medical professional or facility is responsible for your child’s cerebral palsy, contact LawMD. Consulting with a Baltimore cerebral palsy lawyer who is also a medical professional can help you understand your legal rights and options. We have helped clients throughout the United States recover millions of dollars in all types of birth injury and medical malpractice claims.
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Cerebral Palsy Categories
Cerebral palsy is classified into four major categories to describe the level of movement and impairment as well as the areas of the brain that could be damaged.
The four primary categories are:
- Mix cerebral palsy
- Ataxic cerebral palsy
- Athetoid/dyskinetic cerebral palsy
- Spastic cerebral palsy
Additionally, about one third of the children who have cerebral palsy will suffer from epilepsy and cognitive impairments.
Symptoms & Signs of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is typically classified by the following symptoms:
- Problems with balance
- Unsteady gait
- Abnormal muscle tone
- Soft tissue issues
- Spasms and other involuntary movement
- Infant failing to breathe shortly after delivery
- Poor head position
In some cases, there will be no identifiable cause that led to cerebral palsy. In other cases, medical malpractice will be the contributing factor. Some of the typical causes include asphyxiate before birth, birth trauma during labor and delivery, and lack of oxygen to the brain during the labor and delivery process.
Put Our Experienced Team on Your Side
If you believe that your child has developed cerebral palsy as a result of a doctor’s negligence or malpractice, you need to consult with a Baltimore cerebral palsy attorney immediately. This may be the only way to help recover compensation for your child’s injuries. Given that cerebral palsy can lead to lifelong complications, extensive treatment, and costly medical bills, it is essential to reach out to an attorney sooner rather than later to identify the appropriate course of action.
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