Types of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a serious disorder that can affect your child’s development, ability to communicate and motor skills. Sometimes, medical malpractice is to blame for cerebral palsy. If you suspect that a delivery mistake or negligence led to your child’s condition, contact California medical malpractice attorney Dr. Bruce G. Fagel immediately. Dr. Fagel is a leading birth injuries and medical malpractice attorney in California who has handled more claims and cases than any other attorney in the state. You need his knowledge, experience and dedication in order to have the best opportunity of securing maximum compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

There are several different types of neurological disorders that are classified as forms of cerebral palsy. All are serious and are permanent conditions, although they are non-progressive (will not worsen over time). There are three main types of cerebral palsy: spastic cerebral palsy, athetoid cerebral palsy and ataxic cerebral palsy. A person may also suffer from a mixture of these conditions and may experience symptoms in varying levels of severity, ranging from minor motor skills issues to the inability to control bodily movement, seizures and more.

  • Spastic Cerebral Palsy
    • Characterized by stiff and difficult movement, this is the most common form of cerebral palsy. It is estimated that approximately 80% of cases fall under this classification.
    • Symptoms include: one or more tight muscle groups which limit movement, having a hard time holding onto or letting go of objects, stiff and jerky movements and difficulty moving from one position to another.
  • Athetoid Cerebral Palsy
    • Characterized by involuntary or uncontrolled movement, athetoid cerebral palsy is estimated to account for 10% of cases.
    • Symptoms include: involuntary movements, inability to maintain posture, slurred speech, swallowing problems and low muscle tone.
  • Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
    • This form of cerebral palsy is identifiable based upon symptoms of a disturbed or distorted sense of balance and depth perception.
    • Symptoms include: looking unsteady or shaky, walking with legs very far apart, shakiness and tremors, and problems coordinating muscle movements.

California Medical Malpractice Attorney Handling Cerebral Palsy Claims

No matter what particular form of cerebral palsy that your child may have been diagnosed with, it is essential that you consult a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. Dr. Bruce Fagel has extensive experience with medical malpractice claims and cerebral palsy in particular. He offers a free consultation to discuss your situation, and you pay no legal fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

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