If a doctor gave your child a cerebral palsy diagnosis, you probably have questions. Cerebral palsy statistics published by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability during childhood. Sokolove Law’s cerebral palsy definition is: Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of conditions of the brain and nervous system that impairs functions like movement, cognition, sight, and possibly hearing. CP is a disability resulting from injury to the brain before, during or shortly after birth. CP is often associated with: low levels of oxygen in the brain (hypoxia), prematurity, bleeding in the brain, brain infections, head injury, infections in the mother during pregnancy, and severe jaundice. In some cases, cerebral palsy diagnosis could be the result of negligent medical care, or a mistake made by your doctor, midwife or nurse during the birth process.
A cerebral palsy diagnosis usually comes with a cerebral palsy prognosis. A prognosis is a doctor’s best educated guess on the short and long-term outcome of the CP. Whether the prognosis indicates severe cerebral palsy or mild CP depends on the specific signs and symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms That May Lead to a Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis
Doctors look for different signs and symptoms when considering a cerebral palsy diagnosis. Some signs and symptoms that might lead to a cerebral palsy diagnosis are:
- A child missing developmental milestones, like sitting up, rolling over and crawling
- Abnormal or involuntary movements
- Abnormal facial expressions
- Trouble in sitting, standing, or walking
- Contracted joints in arms, legs, or trunk
- Inability to speak
- Lack of muscle control causing tremors, twitching, or shaking
- Too much muscle tone (rigid)
- Too little muscle tone (floppy)
- Abnormal posture
- Lack of balance
Help is Available
Cerebral palsy in children is the result of damage to specific parts of the brain. If your child has been given a cerebral palsy diagnosis, call a nurse case manager at Sokolove Law today. We can help you to connect the dots around the events during your labor and delivery and how a birth injury might have happened.