When you discovered you had a child on the way, you likely had visions of a bright future filled with happy memories. Instead, you received some of the worst news a parent could hear: Your baby has cerebral palsy. How did this happen? What went wrong? Most importantly, why did this happen? Your mind goes through a series of
tragic questions that you think you’ll never find the answers to. Here, a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer discusses the condition.
Understanding Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a medical term for a number of neurologic disorders that hinder movement and muscle coordination. Most children who have the condition are born with it, but the diagnosis may not be made for several years after they are born. The condition is considered to be “non-progressive,” which means that as serious and debilitating as it is from the onset, it won’t get worse over time.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
There are several types of cerebral palsy. Three of the most common include and are described as follows:
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy – This type accounts for about 80 percent of all cerebral palsy cases. It is classified by stiffness and difficulty moving. Those who have this type often have difficulty holding onto and letting go of objects.
- Athetoid Cerebral Palsy – Athetoid cerebral palsy makes up about 10 percent of all cases, and is typified by involuntary movement, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing and poor muscle tone.
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy – This form of cerebral palsy typically presents tremors, problems with depth perception, distorted sense of balance, and difficulty with coordinated muscle movements.
One of the most unfortunate aspects of cerebral palsy is that it may have been prevented. The law offices of Lewis and Tompkins understand the grief you are feeling and want to help you find the answers.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer, and find out what we can do for you and your family.
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