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Causes & Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

Our top-rated birth injury attorneys in Michigan handle cases involving medical mistakes causing cerebral palsy.  Cerebral palsy can be caused due to medical errors and carelessness before and during the birth of a baby.

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

Cerebral palsy (CP) is unlike 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.

Common Causes Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is often caused by a brain injury.  Brain injuries that cause cerebral palsy sometimes occur early in pregnancy, while a baby's brain is still developing. However, brain injuries can also occur much later in pregnancy, during delivery, or less commonly, early in a baby's life.

The most common causes of CP are listed below.

  • 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

Symptoms Associated With Cerebral Palsy

Even though most children are born with cerebral palsy, the signs may not be noticeable for several months. In fact, mild cerebral palsy symptoms may not be detected until a child is several years old.

Listed below are the most common symptoms to look for if you beleie your child may have cerebral palsy.

  • 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 can range from mild to severe.  For example, 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. CP symptoms do not deteriorate with age

Contact A Michigan Cerebral Palsy Attorney

If your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you believe that the condition was caused by a medical malpractice, call our office so that we can get started reviewing 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 medical malpractice case immediately gathering all the evidence and medical records to win your case.

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