Cerebral palsy is a condition where a brain injury impairs a child’s muscle function and fine motor skills. Cerebral palsy can be caused by birth injury and is usually recognized early in a child’s life. Although cerebral palsy can be severe and may result in difficulty learning to walk and talk, many cases are less severe, involving restricted movement and stiff muscles.
There are four types of cerebral palsy:
The severity of each case of cerebral palsy often depends upon the type of cerebral palsy, as well as the symptoms being exhibited.
Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage that hinders a child’s ability to send messages to the body indicating how to move. This brain damage can be due to a number of factors, including:
While these conditions do not automatically mean that your child has cerebral palsy, if they exist, you should monitor your child closely to make sure that he does not later develop any of the symptoms of cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is most commonly diagnosed in children between the ages of four months and two years. Symptoms of cerebral palsy include:
Some children diagnosed with cerebral palsy may also suffer from seizures, mental retardation, or learning disabilities.
Although there is no cure for cerebral palsy, your child can be treated by a physician to reduce the symptoms associated with CP. Treatment may include:
Although raising a child with cerebral palsy can be a difficult and frustrating process, it is often good to find hope in the fact that, with the proper treatment, many children with cerebral palsy live long and productive lives, with few developmental delays.
If you think that your child may be suffering from cerebral palsy, you should contact a doctor who can thoroughly examine your child. You should immediately seek medical care if child experiences the following:
In addition to seeking medical care, you should also contact a Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C. injury lawyer who is experienced in birth injury and cerebral palsy cases. Our cerebral palsy birth injury attorneys have years of experience recovering compensation from responsible parties to cover the costs of providing treatment to children with cerebral palsy. Your child’s condition may have been wrongly caused by the actions of another. If this is the case, you should be compensated for this injustice. Contact a Maryland, Washington, D.C. or Virginia medical malpractice attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P., today for help in recovering compensation for your child’s injuries.