Cerebral palsy is the term used to describe a range of disorders affecting the brain and nervous system that lead to movement problems. Cerebral palsy affects muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture, and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and oral motor functioning. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated that cerebral palsy occurs in approximately 1 of every 303 children. Some cases are milder than others, but all that suffer with this disorder lead an altered life and there is no cure. Unfortunately, many of the families that are learning to deal with cerebral palsy must do so because of another person’s negligence.
Cerebral palsy is often preventable and caused by a traumatic injury before, during, or after the birthing process. The signs, however, are not always recognizable until a child is slightly older and the physical or cognitive impairments are more obvious to the parents.
As your child ages, there are a number of indications that may suggest he or she has cerebral palsy. Some of these are outward and obvious, whereas others will only become apparent upon close medical examination. The following are common symptoms:
- Bone deformities
- Joint deformities
- Spastic movements
- Muscle atrophy
- Difficulty speaking
- Agility problems
- Cognitive disabilities
If your child exhibits these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention promptly so that a proper diagnosis may be made and treatment can begin.
The birth injury attorneys at Shevlin Smith believe that you and your family should not have to shoulder the financial burdens caused by another’s negligence that led to your child’s cerebral palsy. Contact our experienced Fairfax lawyers today at (703) 721-4233 or complete the form on this page.