Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of conditions that affect the brain and nervous system, impairing functions like movement, cognition, sight and possibly hearing. CP is caused by an injury to an infant’s brain before, during or shortly after birth. CP is often associated with: low levels of oxygen in the brain (hypoxia), prematurity, bleeding in the brain, brain infections, head injury, infections in the mother during pregnancy, and severe jaundice. In many cases, these causes are the result of negligent or improper medical care. Cerebral palsy symptoms may vary in severity as the location and size of the damage to the brain can also vary.

Physical symptoms:

  • Abnormal walk, or gait.
  • Muscle weakness, partial paralysis or tight muscles
  • Tremors
  • Loss of coordination
  • Tight joints, or joint contracture

Brain and nervous system symptoms:

  • Speech problems (dysarthria)
  • Hearing and vision abnormalities
  • Seizures
  • Constant pain
  • Learning disabilities

Other Symptoms:

  • Digestive disorders such as reflux and constipation (in infants and at all ages)
  • Slower than normal growth
  • Drooling
  • Urinary incontinence

CP can also indirectly contribute to osteoporosis, scoliosis, pneumonia, arthritis and bowel obstruction. Unfortunately, there is no cure for cerebral palsy – it is a lifelong disorder that may require costly long-term care.

Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit

Cerebral palsy is often the result of medical malpractice or negligence occurring at birth. The lifelong consequence of CP is a lifetime of health concerns and extra care expenses. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, call Sokolove Law today or fill out the form on this page to request a free no-obligation legal consultation. Together our nurse consulting and legal teams are committed to helping you get the compensation you need to provide financial support for your child’s future.

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Last modified: May 17, 2019