Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Lawyer

Cerebral Palsy is caused by brain damage, and usually occurs during pregnancy, delivery or childhood.

When a child’s brain is damaged in this manner, messages between the brain and the body can be blocked, causing any of the following symptoms:

  • Problems with Walking
  • Involuntary Movement
  • Muscle Spasm or Tightness
  • Seizures
  • Speech, Hearing or Sight Impairment
  • Unusual Awareness and Sensation

At The Barnes Firm, we have a team of experienced Cerebral Palsy lawyers.  Our attorneys have helped many children and their families get settlements and verdicts after we filed a medical malpractice claim. If you have any questions about Cerebral Palsy or about the legal process, contact us or call our personal injury attorneys anytime, day or night.

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Types of Cerebral Palsy

Any kind of damage to a young brain can cause cerebral palsy. This damage can be genetic, or it could be the result of serious birth injury.

When doctors fail to inform parents of any potential complications during pregnancy, this can be considered medical malpractice. Doctors also have a responsibility to care for both the mother and the child. Allowing labor to last too long, for example, can be extremely dangerous. In some cases, this can cut-off oxygen flow to the baby, resulting in damaged brain tissue.

There are four main types of Cerebral Palsy:

  • Ataxic Cerebral Palsy – this condition is very rare, but it has been linked to several birth accidents. Ataxic Cerebral Palsy affects a child’s balance and coordination. Children with Ataxic CP may be off-balance when they’re walking, or they have a wide step. Agility and quick movements can be problematic.
  • Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy (Athetoid) – this causes uncontrolled movements of the hands, arms, legs, or feet. In some cases, Dyskinetic CP can also affect a child’s facial muscles or the tongue. Children with Dyskinetic CP often have difficulty speaking.
  • Spastic Cerebral Palsy – this causes muscles to stiffen, making simple tasks, like walking or picking up small objects, a challenge. There are a few types of Spastic CP:  diplegia (which primarily affects the legs), hemiplegia (which affects only one side of the body) and quadriplegia (which affects all four limbs, the face and torso).
  • Mixed Type Cerebral Palsy – as the name suggests, this is a combination of two or more types of cerebral palsy. The most common combination is Spastic CP and Dyskinetic CP. Other combinations are possible, depending on what parts of the brain suffered an injury.

If you suspect your child has suffered a birth injury such as cerebral palsy, call an experienced CP lawyer or contact us. The Barnes Firm is here to help answer your questions and guide you through the legal process.

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