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21 Feb 2013

Common Causes & Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy | Michigan CP Attorneys

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Buckfire & Buckfire P. C’s medical malpractice attorneys handle cases involving medical mistakes causing cerebral palsy.  Cerebral palsy can be caused due to medical errors and negligence before and during the birth of a baby.

Children with cerebral palsy have problems with muscle tone, affecting their ability to keep their balance, posture, and to walk and move.

Cerebral palsy (CP) is different than other medical conditions that can affect a child’s ability to move or walk, with CP, the problem is not in the child’s muscles or nerves. Instead, damage to the child’s brain affects his or her ability to control their muscles.

What Causes Cerebral Palsy?

CP is caused by a brain injury of some sort.  This brain injury that causes cerebral palsy sometimes occurs early in pregnancy, while a baby’s brain is still developing. Brain injuries can also occur much later in pregnancy, during delivery, or less commonly, early in a baby’s life.

Below is a list of common causes of cerebral palsy:

  • genetic conditions
  • metabolic disorders
  • bacterial meningitis
  • prenatal infections (toxoplasmosis, human parvovirus, rubella, cytomegalovirus, herpes, syphilis)
  • bleeding in the brain
  • lack of oxygen due to problems with the placenta
  • kernicterus (severe jaundice)
  • head injury
  • stroke
  • child abuse and shaken baby syndrome

What Symptoms Are Associated With CP?

Although most children are born with cerebral palsy, the symptoms may not be noticeable for many months. In fact, mild cerebral palsy symptoms may not be detected until your child is several years old.

If you are concerned that your baby may have cerebral palsy, below are the most common CP symptoms to look for in your baby.

  • stiff or tight muscles (hypertonia)
  • exaggerated reflexes
  • uncontrolled body movements
  • low muscle tone
  • toe walking
  • limping or dragging a foot while walking
  • walking with a gait, turning in their legs as they walk
  • excessive drooling
  • difficulty swallowing, sucking, or speaking
  • tremors
  • trouble with fine motor skills, such as fastening buttons or holding a pencil

Cerebral palsy symptoms don’t worsen with age, but symptoms can range from mild to severe. For instance, a child with very mild cerebral palsy may just have problems running, while another with more severe symptoms may need a wheelchair.  Children with cerebral palsy can also have feeding problems, mental retardation, seizures, learning disabilities, and problems with their vision and hearing.

Contact A Michigan Cerebral Palsy Attorney Now!

If your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you believe that the condition was caused by a medical mistake or error, call our office so that we can get started on the review of your case.  We will provide you with the unbiased answers you have been looking for about what happened and if it could have been prevented.  If medical mistakes caused cerebral palsy in your child, we will vigorously pursue your case.  If your experts tell us that the condition was not caused by medical negligence, we will share their opinions with you.  Many times, parents simply feel relieved when they learn the condition was not the fault of anyone.

There are strict time limitations for pursuing these cases and the failure to act in timely manner can forever bar the child’s right to a settlement.  Call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan cerebral palsy lawyers. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and medical records to win your case.

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