Cerebral Palsy Affects Motor Control And Movement

Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability amongst children. It affects approximately one in every 323 children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.

The prevalence of cerebral palsy may not be comforting if your child has been diagnosed, but greater awareness has led to better legal and medical resources for parents. One of these is the ability to obtain compensation for your child when the birth injury was caused by medical malpractice.

Was your child diagnosed with cerebral palsy? Call Martin + Fielding in Oklahoma City at 800-594-9269 for a free consultation.

What Is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral refers to anything having to do with the brain. Palsy refers to weakness or problems with control of the muscles or joints in the body. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that makes it difficult to move or control muscles.

CP is caused by damage to the developing brain, most often the result of an injury sustained during pregnancy, labor or after birth. Children who have the disorder may not be able to use some of the muscles in the body normally. They may not be able to walk, talk, eat or play in the same ways as most other children.

How Do I Know If My Child Has Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy affects each child differently, causing a range of disabilities with varying degrees of severity. You should consult your doctor if you notice abnormalities in movement, coordination, muscle tone or reflexes during various stages of their development:

  • Under six months of age: Children with CP tend to let their head fall when you pick them up while lying on their back. Their muscles may seem too taught and rigid, or they might feel too floppy or soft. They might seem to push away from you when you try to hold them, go stiff or cross their legs. You may observe spastic movements in their feet or hands.
  • Between six months and 10 months: Children with CP may not be able to roll over. They may have trouble clapping or bringing their hands together. They may struggle with coordination when they try to eat food or touch their mouths. They might tighten one hand into a fist when reaching out with the other. They may have trouble tightening their core and sitting up straight.
  • Over 10 months of age: Children with CP may scoot around on their butts instead of crawling. When they do crawl, they might drag one foot behind them or bounce along on their knees. They may struggle with balance or walk with an abnormal gait. They may be unable to put objects into tight spaces, like putting a key in a doorknob.

Speak With Our Attorneys For Free If Your Child Was Diagnosed With CP

Not all cerebral palsy diagnoses are related to a doctor's, nurses or hospital's negligence. That being said, it is not easy to make this determination on your own. If your child has been diagnosed with CP, you should consult with an attorney.

You can speak with one of our lawyers in a free consultation. Call our office at 800-594-9269 or email our firm about your matter.