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When a doctor, nurse or other medical professional who is involved in the birthing process behaves negligently or irresponsibly, it can lead to a serious birth injury. The consequences of medical malpractice are often catastrophic and life altering, especially those involving your baby. Cerebral palsy most often occurs as a result of a birth injury, but the symptoms of this condition can also develop later.

This condition involves a series of disorders which affect both the nervous system and the brain, affecting a wide range of physical and developmental abilities. In many cases of cerebral palsy, a doctor may have noticed signs in the mother during pregnancy and failed to take the proper measures. This could be considered an incident of medical malpractice, allowing the mother to pursue compensation for the harm caused to her baby due to negligent care.

Types of Cerebral Palsy

The three main types of cerebral palsy are as follows:

Athetoid cerebral palsy (sometimes referred to as dyskinetic cerebral palsy or ADCP): This kind of condition involves involuntary and uncontrolled movements. The muscle groups of the individual could be too tense in some places and too loose in others. Out of all types of cerebral palsy, about 30% of people with the condition have athetoid cerebral palsy. Individuals with this condition might find it hard to walk or use their hands.

Ataxic cerebral palsy: This type of cerebral palsy causes balance problems, poor coordination, vision problems, and problems with walking. It is also known as hypotonic cerebral palsy. Children affected by this condition walk with their feet far apart and could find it hard to be quick or precise. They might also have problems writing or buttoning clothes. Children who suffer from ataxic cerebral palsy might also be affected by an intention tremor. Intention tremor involves an increase of quivering in the arm or hand when the child reaches for an object; the closer the hand is to the object, the more the hand or arm trembles.

Spastic cerebral palsy: This condition is the most common type of cerebral palsy. It affects around 70% to 80% of patients. It is further grouped by the muscles involved and how they are affected. Spastic quadriplegia, spastic diplegia, and spastic hemiplegia are the three types of spastic cerebral palsy that could have an impact on an individual.

  • Spastic quadriplegia: involves high muscle tone and impairs movements. Symptoms can include tremors or jerking of the limbs. Many people with this condition will be unable to walk.
  • Spastic diplegia: impairs the legs but has minimal or no impairment to the arms. Symptoms can include difficulty walking and hip problems.
  • Spastic hemiplegia: impairs only one side of the body. Symptoms will include the side of the body opposite the injured side of the brain being affected by cerebral palsy.

Call Our Firm if You Need a West Virginia Birth Injury Lawyer

The short term and long term physical pain, suffering, and financial costs involved in caring for a child with cerebral palsy are astronomical. Although we realize that financial compensation cannot entirely make up for the situation, it can certainly help to cover costs. If you have any questions about cerebral palsy and whether your case makes you a good candidate to file a medical malpractice suit, we would be happy to offer you a free case consultation.

Our West Virginia personal injury attorneys have nearly 70 years of experience handling medical malpractice cases. We know exactly how stressful and upsetting finding out that your child has this type of condition can be, and we are here to help.

Please do not hesitate to call our office now at (304) 605-2040 to make an appointment!

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