Symptoms of cerebral palsy can be very different between people with this group of disorders. Symptoms may:
- Be very mild or very severe
- Only involve one side of the body or both sides
- Be more pronounced in either the arms or legs, or involve both the arms and legs
Symptoms are usually seen before a child is 2 years old, and sometimes begin as early as 3 months. Parents may notice that their child is presenting a delay in developmental stages such as sitting, rolling, crawling, or walking.
Symptoms & Common Types of Cerebral Palsy
There are several different types of cerebral palsy. Some people have a mixture of symptoms.
Symptoms of spastic cerebral palsy, the most common type, include:
- Muscles that are very tight and do not stretch. They may tighten up even more over time.
- Abnormal walk (gait): arms tucked in toward the sides, knees crossed or touching, legs make “scissors” movements, walk on the toes
- Joints are tight and do not open up all the way (called joint contracture)
- Muscle weakness or loss of movement in a group of muscles (paralysis)
- The symptoms may affect one arm or leg, one side of the body, both legs, or both arms and legs
The following symptoms may occur in other types of cerebral palsy:
- Abnormal movements (twisting, jerking, or writhing) of the hands, feet, arms, or legs while awake, which gets worse during periods of stress
- Unsteady gait
- Loss of coordination
- Floppy muscles, especially at rest, and joints that move around too much
Other brain and nervous system symptoms:
- Decreased intelligence or learning disabilities are common, but intelligence can be normal
- Speech problems (dysarthria)
- Hearing or vision problems
- Pain, especially in adults (can be difficult to manage)
Eating and digestive symptoms:
- Difficulty sucking or feeding in infants, or chewing and swallowing in older children and adults
- Problems swallowing (at all ages)
- Vomiting or constipation
- Increased drooling
- Slower than normal growth
- Irregular breathing
- Urinary incontinence
Contact Your Michigan Cerebral Palsy Attorney Now!
If your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you believe that the condition was caused by a medical malpractice or negligence, 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 attorneys. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and medical records to win your case. We will represent you under our NO FEE PROMISE! This means you owe us absolutely nothing, unless we obtain a settlement for you!