Cerebral Palsy Misdiagnosis

A cerebral palsy misdiagnosis might mean that your child has been diagnosed with CP and that his or her symptoms might be caused by something else. Or, it might mean that you suspect your child has CP but hasn’t been properly diagnosed. You are not alone. There have been many cases of a child being given a cerebral palsy misdiagnosis, which was not discovered until many years or even decades later.

A cerebral palsy misdiagnosis can happen because the signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy (CP) can look very much like other conditions, many of which are far more rare than CP. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in children. It affects up to four out of every 1000 births in the United States every year.

Some of the signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy include:

  • Abnormal or involuntary movement
  • Abnormal facial expressions
  • Paralysis
  • Difficulty sitting, standing or walking
  • Contracted joints in arms, legs or trunk
  • Inability to speak
  • Lack of muscle control causing tremors, twitching or shaking
  • Rigidity in muscles

Misdiagnosis Example

One remarkable case of a cerebral palsy misdiagnosis happened in 2010. Ed Impala had shown symptoms of cerebral palsy such as poor balance, fatigue and lack of muscle control. He was given a cerebral palsy misdiagnosis at age 20. After living with his debilitating condition for more than 30 years, he discovered a condition called Dopa Responsive Dystonia, which had signs and symptoms that mimic those of CP. His doctor prescribed dopamine, which is lacking in those who have the disorder. Within one day, his symptoms vanished.

Cases of cerebral palsy misdiagnosis like that of Ed Impala do exist. If you have a question about your child’s diagnosis, help is available.

Help is Available

Unfortunately, some cerebral palsy cases are due to improper care by medical professionals. If you think this may have happened to you and your baby, call a nurse case manager at Sokolove Law today. Even if your baby has not been diagnosed with cerebral palsy but you suspect a birth injury, call today. Your nurse case manager will listen to you and help you explore your options, which may include a birth injury lawsuit. Birth injury lawsuits can help pay for your child’s care and possibly prevent a similar tragedy from happening to another family. There is no cost to you for us to represent you and your family in a birth injury lawsuit. Sokolove Law only gets paid if you receive money from your case.