Cerebral palsy symptoms can be very different between people with this set of disorder. Symptoms can:
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.
Often, symptoms will be seen before a child is 2 years old, and sometimes begin as early as 3 months old. Parents, or even pediatricians, may notice that a child is showing a delay in developmental stages such as sitting, rolling, crawling, or walking.
Cerebral Palsy Symptoms & Types
There are several different types of cerebral palsy. Some children have a combination of symptoms.
The most common type of cerebral palsy is spastic. Below are symptoms of spastic cerebral palsy.
- 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
Other types of cerebral palsy may contain the following types of symptoms:
- 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
Symptoms of brain and nervous system cerebral palsy:
- 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
Other common symptoms may include:
- Increased drooling
- Slower than normal growth
- Irregular breathing
- Urinary incontinence
Our Michigan Cerebral Palsy Attorneys Can Help You
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. Our Michigan cerebral palsy lawyers 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 our 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 charge no legal fees unless you and your child receive a settlement and we pay all costs and expenses.