The symptoms of cerebral palsy (CP) will depend on several factors such as the exact area of the brain that is damaged and the severity of the damage. Symptoms may include a combination of the following:
- abnormally toned muscles (which an be under- or overly toned)
- an inability to perform tasks that require dexterity, such as writing
- bowel control problems
- difficulty speaking
- difficulty walking
- mental retardation
- paraplegia or quadriplegia
- problems with balance and coordination
- tremors, writhing and/or other involuntary movements
Cerebral palsy can be caused by any number of traumatic events, such as fetal infections, prolapsed umbilical cord or congenital abnormalities. However, when medical professionals make mistakes that cause or worsen an infant's brain damage and result in cerebral palsy, victims and their families will have a strong personal injury claim, in which they will be able to seek financial compensation.
If your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you suspect that a medical mistake may have been a contributing factor, you may wish to investigate. To schedule a free evaluation of your potential case with an experienced attorney for cerebral palsy patients, call (800) 646-6570.
Cerebral Palsy Symptoms in InfantsHealthy newborns will naturally have difficulty holding up their heads and bodies. Yet, as they develop during their first year of life, some signs and symptoms to look out for include:
- stiff legs
- scissoring legs when picked up
- an inability to control/hold the head when picked up
- using only one hand to reach for/lift up objects
- consistently holding the opposite hand in a fist
- using only one side of the body when attempting to crawl
- unable to stand without support
By two years old, cerebral palsy patients – except for those with the mildest cases – will likely be unable to crawl, stand, walk or push objects on wheels.
Cerebral Palsy Symptoms in Children
As infants grow into children, they will likely start displaying more of the mental and emotional symptoms associated with cerebral palsy. These may include:
- anxiety disorders
- problems assembling more complicated thoughts
- problems with self-esteem
Cerebral Palsy Symptoms in Adults
Cerebral palsy is not a progressive disease, meaning that it generally does NOT worsen as patients age. However, as patients experience skeletal and musculature growth, their posture, muscle tone and overall ability to control movement may worsen as physical abnormalities set in. In such cases, patients may benefit from orthopedic surgery, along with use of assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, walking frames or crutches.