Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions, including learning, hearing, seeing movement and thinking. It is caused when there is damage to the motor control centers in the brain. This can occur during pregnancy, during or after childbirth, or up until the child is around three years old.

There are four main types of cerebral palsy which are spastic, ataxic, athetoid/dyskinetic and mixed.

  • Spastic cerebral palsy - The most common type of cerebral palsy and it occurs in about 80% of all cases. This type causes children to be hypertonic (have extreme muscle tension) and they have a neuromuscular mobility impairment, caused by lesions in their central nervous systems.
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy - This is a far less common type of cerebral palsy and only occurs in about 10% of cases. This type of cerebral palsy can be caused by damage to the cerebellum. Some children will experience tremors and have hypotonia and motor skills may be affected.
  • Athetoid/dyskinetic cerebral palsy - This type of cerebral palsy causes children to have difficulties holding themselves in an upright and steady position when they sit or walk. They will also often have involuntary motions. High bilirubin levels in a newborn that are not treated can cause the brain damage that leads to this type of cerebral palsy.
  • Mixed cerebral palsy - This occurs when a child exhibits symptoms from more than one type of cerebral palsy mentioned above.

Doctoral negligence

There are numerous complications at birth that can cause cerebral palsy, including oxygen deprivation, trauma caused by vacuum extraction or forceps, infection and cord compression. Your baby needs to be closely monitored during and after birth to ensure that these complications do not happen. If your baby has suffered from cerebral palsy and it was caused by medical negligence, you should understand your legal options to get the compensation you deserve.

Free consultation on your Cerebral Palsy case by a Chicago-based birth injury attorney

The cerebral palsy lawyers at Romanucci & Blandin have proven success in these types of cases. If you or a loved one has suffered injury or wrongful death, please contact our office at Info@rblaw.net, 312-458-1000 or click here for a free evaluation of your case. There is never a fee until you are compensated for your injuries at the end of the case.

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