Is Your Child Afflicted with Cerebral Palsy? Call Lane & Lane Today
Illinois Cerebral Palsy Birth Defect Attorney
Cerebral palsy refers to a group of neurological disorders that appear at, or shortly after birth and affect mental capacity, movement, coordination, balance and/or posture. Although the symptoms affect the muscles, the disorder is caused by damage to the cerebrum the area of the brain that controls muscle tone.
Cerebral palsy can be an unavoidable birth defect or may develop as a result of an early infection. In some cases, however, cerebral palsy is a result of a preventable birth injury.
If you suspect your child has cerebral palsy, please contact an attorney at Lane & Lane, LLC today to discuss your options. If your child is the victim of medical malpractice, we will help you obtain financial compensation for a lifetime of living with the consequences of a medical mistake.
A Wide Range of Symptoms
The symptoms of cerebral palsy can be subtle or profound. People with a severe form of the disease may be unable to walk or speak and may need assistance with even the simple activities of daily living. Those with mild CP may seem slightly uncoordinated, but otherwise unaffected. The mental capacities of people suffering CP may be severely impaired in some, or not affected at all in others.
There are several forms of cerebral palsy, with widely differing symptoms.
- Spastic: People with this form of cerebral palsy have hypertonia, or overly tight, rigid muscles. In some cases surgery is performed to release spastic muscles. Seventy to 80 percent of people with cerebral palsy have the spastic form.
- Athetoid: This form of CP is marked by slow, uncontrollable movement of the affected muscles, generally hands, arms, legs and facial muscles. About 10 to 20 percent of CP patients have this form of cerebral palsy.
- Ataxic: People with ataxic cerebral palsy have problems with coordination and balance. They have hypotonia, or lack of muscle tone. This is the least common form of the condition.
The symptoms of cerebral palsy can change over time, but they do not go away. There is no cure. If someone else's negligence caused your child to suffer this devastating disability, we will hold them responsible. Please contact us today to arrange a free consultation.
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