Connecticut Cerebral Palsy

The term cerebral palsy refers to a group of disorders that are caused by damage to a baby's brain. This damage can occur before the baby is born, during his or her birth, or during the baby's first few months of life, affecting the child's ability to coordinate his or her body movements. At The Berkowitz Law Firm LLC, we counsel and represent the families of children whose cerebral palsy may have been caused by the medical malpractice of doctors and other healthcare providers.

The Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

A child's cerebral palsy can be mild, severe, or somewhere in between. In some kids with cerebral palsy, seizures or other neurological disorders may also be present. Some children may also have severe mental retardation, whereas others are extremely bright. Some may require a wheelchair and lifelong care, but others will need little or no special assistance.

The general signs of cerebral palsy include:

  • Ataxia—a lack of muscle coordination
  • Spasticity—stiff muscles, exaggerated reflexes
  • Variations in muscle tone, from too floppy to too stiff
  • Difficulty swallowing, sucking, speaking
  • Tremors
  • Difficulty with precise motions
  • An unbalanced walking gait, with one foot or leg dragging

The symptoms of cerebral palsy do not worsen as a child grows, but there is no cure for the condition either. Various forms of therapy and sometimes surgery can do a lot to help a child with cerebral palsy.

The Types of Cerebral Palsy

There are several types of cerebral palsy. Some children may have symptoms of more than one type.

  • Spastic cerebral palsyThis is the most common form of cerebral palsy in children. It causes muscles to stiffen, making movement difficult. Spastic cerebral palsy can affect only one side of the body (spastic hemiplegia), or both legs (spastic diplegia), or all four limbs and the trunk (spastic quadriplegia).
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy—This is the least common type of cerebral palsy. It affects a child's coordination and balance.
  • Athetoid cerebral palsy—About 20 percent of children with cerebral palsy have this form, also known as extrapyramidal cerebral palsy. It affects the entire body and may cause slow, uncontrolled movements.

Whatever the type or severity of cerebral palsy affecting your child, if you suspect it's due to medical malpractice, protect your legal rights by discussing your circumstances with a knowledgeable and compassionate law firm.

Contact a Berkowitz Law Firm LLC cerebral palsy attorney in Stamford, Danbury or Bridgeport, Connecticut, for a free case evaluation today.

Cerebral Palsy News

Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy May Be Caused by Medical Malpractice

September 21, 2012

Cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy are two forms of birth defects that may be caused by medical malpractice. Mistakes made before, during or shortly after delivery can cause oxygen loss to the infant’s brain or injuries to the nerves surrounding the infant’s shoulder. These injuries can result in serious conditions such as cerebral palsy and…Read More »

$58 Million Birth Injury Verdict

June 13, 2011

A Waterbury jury has returned an award of $58 million to the family of a child who developed cerebral palsy following a difficult delivery. The jury found the treating gynecologist, Richard Viscarello of Maternal-Fetal Care P.C., was negligent because he failed to perform a cesarean delivery in time. The medical malpractice verdict is believed to…Read More »

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