Cerebral Palsy

Types of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is actually a category of conditions, rather than one single medical condition. There are several different types of cerebral palsy. The different types include:

(1) Spastic (pyramidal): The major symptom of this type is stiff, spastic muscles and jerky movements of various parts of the body. This type is classified by the affected body part and is the most common type of cerebral palsy.

(2) Dyskinetic (extrapyramidal): The major symptom is affected coordination. The subtypes include:

(a) Athetoid: slow, uncontrolled movements, affecting any part of the body

(b) Ataxic: problems with balance and coordination, including depth perception

(3) Mixed: This is a mixture of more than one of the above types.

What Are The Causes of Cerebral Palsy?

While cerebral palsy is not always attributable to inadequate or negligent care on the part of delivery room physicians or nurses, there are many cases where medical malpractice is to blame for these disorders. Doctors are trained to monitor any signs of distress, including infection, fetal distress and insufficient oxygen supply to the baby.

The costs associated with cerebral palsy (CP) are expensive, and if negligence has occurred, you may be entitled to compensation. At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., in Manhattan, our lawyers have years of experience holding doctors, clinics and hospitals accountable for malpractice resulting in New York birth injuries.

Actions, or inactions, on the part of delivery room doctors that lead to cerebral palsy may include:

  • Improper use of labor-inducing drugs
  • Failure to properly monitor the condition of the fetus during labor
  • Failure to act on changes in condition of the fetus or the mother during labor or pregnancy
  • Failure to properly perform a C-section
  • Failure to order or correctly interpret tests during pregnancy
  • Excessive use of vacuum extraction
  • Lack of oxygen to the brain

If you or someone you know has suffered cerebral palsy due to negligence, ask him or her to contact us for a free consultation and case evaluation. It is important to speak with an attorney in a timely fashion so that you can begin pursuing relief as soon as possible.

What are the Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy?

Symptoms of cerebral palsy may include:

  • Lack of control of motor skills and muscle coordination
  • Stiffness
  • Problems with balance and/or coordination
  • Inability to walk, speak or perform other basic activities
  • Problems with bodily functions
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Learning disabilities
  • Seizures
  • Breathing problems

While symptoms associated with cerebral palsy are not immediately visible after birth, symptoms are usually evident by the time the baby should begin to crawl and is old enough to participate in toddler and young childhood activities.

Free Initial Consultation - Cerebral Palsy in New York

From offices on Wall Street, Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum represents clients in cases involving cerebral palsy and other birth injuries caused by malpractice throughout the New York City metro area and the state. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.