My Child Was Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy in Oregon

Early Signs of Cerebral Palsy

Oregon Cerebral Palsy Lawyer Explains What You Need to Know After a Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

 

New parents are often concerned about their children. Their mind is always filled with questions regarding the health and safety of their children. Having these concerns and questions in mind can be considered normal, but if the children begin to struggle with their health, the questions become more troubling. Out of all the health problems that a child may suffer, cerebral palsy can be considered as one of the most serious diseases or conditions. It is a very complicated disease and it has varied effects on each different child and their family. To help you understand the complications around this disease effortlessly, our Oregon cerebral palsy lawyers share some important information here. 

 

The information is prepared by our Oregon cerebral palsy lawyers and filled with common questions around the disease and condition also known as CP. Our Oregon cerebral palsy lawyers have attempted to answer these questions briefly so that you are prepared with a basic knowledge of the disease in case you come across it. This guide has attempted to put emphasis on the causes, types, prevalence and treatment of the disease. As a disclaimer, this website is not meant to replace medical advice from a doctor. If you ever see any symptoms of this disease in your child then contact your doctor immediately for expert advice, you should not rely on this information for medical diagnoses.

 

What is Cerebral Palsy?

 

To understand cerebral palsy, it is important to know what it is and how it happens. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines cerebral palsy as the following:

 

“Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. CP is the most common motor disability in childhood. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. CP is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects a person’s ability to control his or her muscles.” 

 

The damage to the brain in majority of the cases is permanent. It could take place immediately after birth, or in the days after birth, or it could even go undetected for months and years. Once affected, the children suffering from it have difficulty in doing basic body movements and posture. In some severe cases, the cerebral palsy can even affect the intelligence of the child and have visible impact of the memory and cognitive abilities of the child. 

 

Prevalence of Cerebral Palsy

 

Researches around the world show that, around 1.5 to 4 children out of 1,000 suffer from cerebral palsy. Here in the United States, the number is much higher with estimates ranging from 3.1 to 3.6 children suffering from cerebral palsy for every 1000 children.  Our Oregon cerebral palsy lawyers understand that this may not sound like a lot, but when it happens it is devastating.

 

Some other researchers have been done to determine the symptoms that a child suffering from cerebral palsy has. These researches have been done to look at the issues around walking specifically. A study that was observing of 8 year old children suffering from the disease found that almost 30% had severely limited or no walking ability. The same study also found that 58% could walk freely without depending on any kind of external aid. Some other studies have also found that children suffering from cerebral palsy also suffer from epilepsy. A few of them also suffer from autism spectrum disorder.

 

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

 

Cerebral palsy can be caused by multiple factors. Lack of oxygen to the brain is one of the primary causes for the disease. Cerebral palsy usually takes place pre-birth and is known as congenital cerebral palsy. If the child suffers from it after birth then it is named as acquired cerebral palsy.

 

The exact cause of the congenital cerebral palsy is yet to be determined. In the meanwhile scientists and medical experts have flagged certain risk factors that could enhance the chances of cerebral palsy which include:

 

  • Complications during birth like uterine rupture, blood supply disruption due to issues with the umbilical cord, or detachment of the placenta.
  • Premature births. Studies have found that a child born before the 37th week of pregnancy is at high risk while a child born before the 32nd week is at a greater risk. 
  • Infection suffered by the mother during pregnancy. These infections could lead to brain damage and inflammation. Various bacterial and viral infections have been linked to cerebral palsy.
  • Child being born as part of a twin or triplet.
  • Diseases like jaundice and kernicterus.
  • Child’s birth weight being low. A child being born with less than 5.5 pounds has a high risk of contracting the disease.
  • Mothers having pre-existing conditions.
  • Assisted reproductive technology infertility treatments.

 

The acquired cerebral palsy usually occurs when the damage to the brain takes place 28 days after the birth. Acquired cerebral palsy is generally linked to a trauma to the head, infections of the brain, and stroke or bleeding in the brain which stops blood supply to the brain.  

 

Oregon Medical Malpractice Causing Cerebral Palsy

In the previous section, there was a mention about some of the possible reasons for cerebral palsy. While these causes are not exact, there are certain medical malpractices that can cause cerebral palsy. The examples of these medical malpractices include:

 

  • Overdoses of pitocin
  • Making delayed resuscitation efforts
  • Failing to treat an infection effectively
  • Failing to prescribe necessary vitamins to the mother
  • Failing to deliver properly
  • Failing to detect prolapsed umbilical cord
  • Failing to secure an airway

 

All of these factors can be long-term and have serious consequences for the child. It can be classified as malpractice. At Kuhlman Law, our Oregon cerebral palsy lawyers have years on experience and extensive knowledge of his highly specialized area of law and they can help you determine if any malpractice has taken place.

 

Types of Cerebral Palsy

 

Cerebral palsy is differentiated into various types on the basis of the movement patterns followed by the baby. The four variations of the disease include:

 

  • Spastic cerebral palsy
  • Dyskinetic cerebral palsy
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy
  • Mixed cerebral palsy

 

The family guide prepared by our Oregon cerebral palsy lawyer is going to lay down some information regarding each of these variations of cerebral palsy. They are:

 

Spastic Cerebral Palsy

 

Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type of cerebral palsy. Around 80% of the cases of cerebral palsy are spastic related. Spastic Cerebral palsy is further divided into three subcategories. The first sub-division is called as spastic diplegia. Children suffering from this have a very difficult time with walking due to their tight muscles. This tightness or spasticity usually changes over time but it remains present. 

 

The second subcategory is known as spastic hemiplegia. In this condition, only the movement of one part of the body is affected. It can affect both the arms and legs but it affects the arms more frequently. Children with this cerebral palsy have difficulty in using their arms to eat or write.

 

Spastic quadriplegia is the third subcategory. It is the most severe and affects arms, legs, trunks and the face. Children with this type of a condition are usually confined to a wheelchair and have a severe lack of intellectual capabilities. 

 

Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy

In this type of cerebral palsy the child suffers while moving his or her arms, legs, hands and feet. The child has uncontrollable movements of their body parts which can be termed as rapid, or jerky. The child also faces difficulty in doing basic activities like eating, talking, and drinking. 

 

Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

 

Ataxic cerebral palsy takes place when the cerebellum of the brain is damaged during development, before, during, or after birth. The cerebellum is the organ that regulates or fine-tunes the various movements of the body and it sends movement signals to produce smooth movements. With a damaged cerebellum a child will have difficulty in doing basic movements such as writing, reaching out for objects, walking, and running.

 

Mixed Cerebral Palsy

 

Mixed cerebral palsy is used to refer to the condition where the child suffers a combination of more than one type of cerebral palsy. Children are generally classified under mixed cerebral palsy if they show one or more symptoms from the various sub-categories of cerebral palsy. 

 

Treatment for Cerebral Palsy

 

Children are usually treated for cerebral palsy as soon as it is detected. The treatment takes place throughout childhood, and even continues into adulthood if necessary. The treatment usually consists of various kinds of therapies like occupational, speech and physical. The aim of these therapies is to improve the strength and flexibility of the child’s muscles. They also attempt to improve the range of motion of the children so as to ensure they resume the normal movement patterns.

 

Certain medications like baclofen can also be given to the children to decrease the muscle spasticity and the make normal movements easy. The children are usually treated with a combination of both therapies and medications for effective results. 

 

Ask Our Oregon Cerebral Palsy Lawyer for Help With Your Child’s Case

 

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.

 

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