Cerebral palsy symptoms differ depending on severity. You may ask, what is cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the name of a group of chronic disorders. CP is caused by injury to parts of the brain that control muscles and movement. Often, these injuries are caused by medical negligence during your pregnancy or labor and delivery. Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic identify four kinds of cerebral palsy symptoms, according to their effect on movement. They classify types of cerebral palsy. They are:
- Spastic: Muscles are so rigid they cause spasms and paralysis. Joints “freeze.”
- Athetoid: Muscles are floppy. Movements can be involuntary and uncontrolled.
- Ataxia: Loss of muscle coordination can cause unsteady, shaky movements and loss of balance.
- Combinations of cerebral palsy symptoms are called mixed type.
Cerebral palsy symptoms may also include intellectual disability, seizures, inability to speak, changes to the spine and joint problems.
Treatment for Cerebral Palsy Symptoms
The key to helping to reduce cerebral palsy symptoms is early intervention. This combines cerebral palsy treatment by doctors and nurses with cerebral palsy therapy such as occupational or speech therapy. Early intervention includes rehabilitation services and education. Parents are an important part of the therapy team.
The sooner medical treatment and therapy begins, the better the chance in a decrease in cerebral palsy symptoms. They are expensive. According to the CDC, the cost of caring for a person with CP over a lifetime is about $1 million. Parents, taxpayers, government programs and nonprofits may not have the means to pay for care.
Legal Help is Available at no Cost to You
Examining all the events connected to the birth of your disabled child is important. It’s not to find someone to blame. Doctors and nurses are responsible for providing proper care. If this did not happen, they should be held accountable. This may prevent the same thing from happening to another family. You may be entitled to compensation that will cover your child’s expenses. A talk with a cerebral palsy attorney can help you to review your experience and determine whether you would benefit from a cerebral palsy lawsuit or settlement.