Cerebral Palsy Lawyers in Jackson, MS
Uncovering the Cause of Your Child’s Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in childhood and can be a result of brain injury at birth. While other factors can cause cerebral palsy, mishandled labor and delivery is a common cause because it can deprive your child’s brain of oxygen.
If your child develops cerebral palsy after a traumatic birthing experience, ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP may be able to help uncover the cause of their diagnosis. If negligence was involved, we can also help you file a birth injury lawsuit to secure your child’s future.
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What Is Cerebral Palsy?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
“Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture.”
Cerebral means of the brain, and palsy means weakness or problems with the muscles. Diagnoses of cerebral palsy can range in severity, meaning some children may be unable to walk and others may simply walk with a slightly awkward gait. Still, all people with CP have problems with movement and posture. Often, children with CP develop other disabilities, as well. For example, a child with CP may also have a learning disability, seizures, problems with their senses, or problems in the spine and/or joints.
When cerebral palsy interferes with your child’s life, our Jackson cerebral palsy attorneys can help.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
Doctors classify cerebral palsy based on the areas of the brain that are affected and the movement disorders that occur as a result.
The four main types of cerebral palsy are:
- Spastic cerebral palsy
- Dyskinetic cerebral palsy
- Ataxic cerebral palsy
- Mixed cerebral palsy
The most common type of CP is spastic cerebral palsy. This type of CP occurs when muscles are stiff and have increased muscle tone, which results in awkward movements. Sometimes, only the upper or lower extremities are affected (spastic diplegia), sometimes only one side of the body is affected (spastic hemiplegia), and other times, all 4 limbs are affected, along with the torso and the face (spastic quadriplegia). Spastic quadriplegia is the most severe form of spastic CP and people with this type of CP usually cannot walk and frequently have other developmental disabilities.
Dyskinetic cerebral palsy affects the hands, arms, feet, and legs (and sometimes the face and tongue), and someone with this type of CP will have trouble controlling their movements, which makes it difficult for them to sit and walk. Muscles are either too tight or too lose, depending on the day and even the time of day, which leads to slow and writhing or rapid and jerky movements.
Ataxic cerebral palsy interferes with balance and coordination, causing an unsteady gait and difficulty with quick movements or movements that need a lot of control.
Some people have more than one type of cerebral palsy, and the most common type of mixed cerebral palsy is spastic-dyskinetic CP.
Any of these disabilities can greatly interfere with your child’s life, but filing a personal injury lawsuit with our firm can help you recover the resources they need to succeed.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to a child’s developing brain. Sometimes, an otherwise healthy child can develop symptoms of cerebral palsy due to errors in the delivery room that deprive the brain of oxygen or blood flow.
Common causes of cerebral palsy include:
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Untreated maternal infections
- Untreated infant jaundice
- Premature birth
- Low birth rate
- Breech birth
- Birth complications
Your doctor owes a duty of care to both you and your child, which means they must anticipate and plan for complications whenever possible. Even if they are not able to prevent a complication in the delivery room, they must respond quickly and appropriately.
If you believe you received care that does not meet the high standard for medical professionals, talk to ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP today.
Why File Suit With Our Firm?
Although we cannot cure your child’s cerebral palsy, we can help you and your family manage your child’s disability and give them all the tools they need to live a full and happy life.
A successful lawsuit can help you account for:
- Your child’s medical bills
- Any physical therapy or rehabilitation they need
- Assistive care and devices
- Challenges they may have in the future
- The pain and suffering of your family
- And more
At ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP, we fight hard to help ensure you get all of the benefits listed above, and so much more. We take on cases that other firms won’t and treat you and your family with personalized care and representation.
When you choose us, we promise you will be working directly with one of our law partners, your phone calls will be returned within the same business day, and you will not owe us anything unless we win.