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Signs of Cerebral Palsy

Does your child have Brain Damage? Cerebral Palsy is a type of brain damage than can greatly affect a child's life and development. When a brain injury occurs, it can cause Cerebral Palsy. While there can be different causes for Cerebral Palsy, many cases involve the doctor's carelessness while delivering the baby. Since it may take a while for the signs of cerebral palsy to show up, it is important to know what to look for.

Do you know a child that is showing Signs of Cerebral Palsy? The doctor could be responsible for the baby's birth defect injury. Contact our Birth Trauma Lawyers today.

Usually by six months, a parent will begin to notice that something is not quite right with their child and the signs of cerebral palsy will begin to show. A baby with Cerebral Palsy will develop at a slower rate than a baby without Cerebral Palsy. However, being a slow developer is not always an indication of Cerebral Palsy.

Other signs of Cerebral Palsy to look out for include some of the following: 

  • A Limited Range of Motion
  • Spasticity
  • Muscle Contractions
  • Seizures
  • Joint Contractures
Delayed motor skill development can also be a red flag for Cerebral Palsy. A baby with cerebral palsy may show difficulty in:

  • Crawling
  • Walking
  • Reaching
  • Sitting

In addition to the signs of cerebral palsy discussed, a child with cerebral palsy will face difficulties in seeing, speaking, hearing, breathing, and/or feeding. Cerebral Palsy can be divided into three main categories: Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, Spastic Cerebral Palsy, and Ataxic Cerebral Palsy. There is also Mixed Cerebral Palsy which includes all of the symptoms that the three main types of Cerebral Palsy include.
Do you know a child that is showing Signs of Cerebral Palsy? The doctor could be responsible for the baby's birth defect injury. Contact our Birth Trauma Lawyers today.


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Seventh Cranial Nerve Palsy can be a result of Birth Trauma.

During the birthing process, damage to the facial nerve can occur. This can cause paralysis on the side of the face that the damaged nerve is located at. In severe cases, the entire side of the baby's face can be completely paralyzed.

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Serious injuries can occur during breech deliveries.

Some birth injuries are so severe that they can cause death to the baby. The most severe birth injuries include spleen ruptures, liver ruptures, fracture dislocation of the cervical spine and intracranial hemorrhaging.

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Other common birth injuries include Brachial Plexus injuries.

A brachial plexus injury occurs when damage is done to the brachial plexus and paralysis occurs; the brachial plexus is a network of nerves that affect the arm, hand, and shoulder.

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