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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Spastic Cerebral Palsy?

December 24, 2021

Cerebral palsy is a medical ailment that manifests itself in several ways. No matter how cerebral palsy develops, the condition severely impacts the life of the child and their family for several years in the future. One of the most common types of cerebral palsy is called "spastic cerebral palsy." As with all other types of cerebral palsy, there is no cure for spastic cerebral palsy. However, there are many devices and therapies available to help someone who is suffering from spastic cerebral palsy to have a better quality of life.  

The Signs and Symptoms of Spastic Cerebral Palsy 

Cerebral palsy is a serious medical condition that is generally diagnosed in small children and is usually caused by trauma to a fetus’s motor cortex prior to birth or during the delivery process. Spastic cerebral palsy was given its name due to the presence of spasticity movements in the person. "Spasticity" refers to the heightened muscle tone that is seen in the diverse muscle groups of the individual diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy. A person with spastic cerebral palsy has muscles that appear tight and movements that appear to be fitful or jolting.

The Limitations of People with Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Depending upon which muscles or muscle groups are affected with spasticity, an individual diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy experiences many limitations throughout their life. Should the spasticity affect the person’s upper extremities (hands, arms, wrists, and/or fingers), the individual will find it extremely difficult to dress, eat, brush their teeth, drink beverages, or complete other activities without assistance. If the spasticity affects the individual’s lower extremities, the individual will find it difficult to be mobile. The individual will find it difficult to stand or sit, depending on the affected muscles.

Moreover, the person’s facial muscles could also be affected. Hypertonia in an individual’s facial muscles makes it very difficult to eat or drink. The individual’s speech may also be affected making it difficult to pronounce words. 

The Long-Term Effects of Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Spastic cerebral palsy sufferers can develop Hypertonia, which can cause bone deformities, scoliosis, and other bone disorders that make it difficult to walk. Muscles that are continuously flexed cannot keep up with bone growth, which causes muscles to become too short and limit the person's range of motion as they age. Spasticity also leads to chronic pain.

Short and long-term spastic cerebral palsy can be managed to some degree via assistive devices, therapy, and/or surgical procedures. These treatments can help the individual maneuver with a more significant degree of independence. The results of any therapy or treatment will depend on the extent and nature of their spasticity. 

Compensation for the Families of Those Affected by Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy often develops as the consequence of negligent medical care before or during birth. Newborns who were deprived of oxygen during the delivery process, and/or who suffered serious trauma to the head during birth are at a high risk of developing cerebral palsy. 

Caring for a baby or small child with spastic cerebral palsy is expensive and is usually beyond the financial ability of most families. Considering that there is no known cure for spastic cerebral palsy, a child who has this medical condition will require aid throughout their lifetime. Montlick Injury Attorneys may be able to assist people whose children have received birth-related injuries at the hand's of another obtain monetary compensation to help pay for treatments, medical procedures, therapeutic services, and other associated costs.

What is a Birth Injury Lawsuit?

A birth injury lawsuit is a type of legal action that can help families recover financial compensation for harm caused to their child before, during, or after the birthing process.  Birth injury lawsuits are typically filed against the treating physician, nurses, or other medical professionals who acted negligently and caused the child’s injuries.

While all birth injury lawsuits are different, many of these lawsuits have resulted in large jury awards to cover medical costs such as therapy, medication, surgery, home alterations, medical equipment, and other medical care costs.

The primary goal of a birth injury lawsuit is to recover enough financial compensation to pay for all birth injury treatment expenses.  The care costs for severe birth injuries are substantial.  This can put a significant financial strain on families.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health care expenses for children with cerebral palsy are approximately 10-26 times higher than those without cerebral palsy.

The financial benefits of a birth injury settlement can greatly improve your baby’s quality of life.  Birth injury treatments are typically costly, and compensation for a lawsuit can help to ease the financial difficulty.  During a birth injury lawsuit, an attorney may map out the projected expenses of your child’s care through what is called a life care plan.  If you win your case, you could be awarded compensation to cover all of these medical expenses. Life care plans are legal documents that estimate future care costs.  

Legal Help for Accident Victims 

Did your loved one suffer physical trauma caused by another?  Protect your legal rights by calling Montlick Injury Attorneys Nationwide, 24/7, at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). Our Birth Injury Lawyers in Georgia are here to listen, understand your situation, and advise you. 

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If your baby suffered a birth injury, contact Montlick & Associates, Injury Attorneys, for your free consultation today. Our law firm has been representing those who suffer serious injuries or lost a loved one in an accident for over 38 years.  Our trial attorneys have recovered billions of dollars for our personal injury clients through negotiated settlements, litigation/lawsuits, settlement of lawsuits, jury verdicts, mediation, and arbitration awards.

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