Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
The symptoms of cerebral palsy can be different in each child. Some children with cp only display mild symptoms, such as clumsiness and awkwardness. Other children are affected with much more noticeable and disabling cerebral palsy symptoms, such as inability to walk, talk and move independently.
EARLY SIGNS OF CEREBRAL PALSY
Recognizing the early warning signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy are crucial to obtaining a diagnosis and the necessary treatment for the child. Some of the early signs of cerebral palsy that a baby may have include:
- poor head control
- excessive startling
- stiffness, floppiness or unusual muscle tone
- difficulty sucking or feeding
- delayed motor development
- poor posture
- slowness to reach developmental milestones (for example: holding head up, rolling over, crawling, supporting own weight)
- seizures (signs of seizures in a newborn)
DISABILITIES AND SYMPTOMS DISPLAYED BY A CHILD WITH CEREBRAL PALSY
Even after a child has received a cerebral palsy diagnosis, it is difficult to predict the exact impact cerebral palsy will have on that child’s life. However, a doctor is often able to determine the type of cerebral palsy the child has, and what the possible physical limitations may be associated with that form of the condition.
>>INFORMATION: Types of Cerebral Palsy
The disabilities a child with cerebral palsy may exhibit can range from mild problems to very severe and debilitating limitations. Some of the more severe cerebral palsy symptoms could include:
- mental disabilities
- hearing and vision problems
- communication problems
- difficulty walking
- difficulty eating
EXPENSES OF CARING FOR A CHILD WITH CEREBRAL PALSY
Although Cerebral Palsy is not curable, there are many cerebral palsy treatment options available to help the child lead a more productive and independent life. These include physical and occupational therapy, assistive or applied technology, cerebral palsy surgeries and medications.
▸ INFORMATION: Cerebral Palsy Treatment Options
Cerebral palsy places a large financial and emotional burden on the family and on the child who faces lifelong challenges dealing with the disability. In many cases the disability may be caused by a mistake made by the doctor, hospital or nurse at the time of birth. If a medical mistake is to blame for a child’s cerebral palsy, settlement benefits may be available to cover treatment expenses.
The cerebral palsy lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. can investigate and review the circumstances surrounding a child’s birth to determine if the disability may be the result of a medical mistake. The investigation of a cerebral palsy lawsuit requires birth injury lawyers with experience and the resources to successfully obtain a recovery. There are different deadlines in each state which could bar the child’s right to obtain cerebral palsy benefits.
Request a free consultation and claim evaluation to find out if compensation may be available for your child. There are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained for the child.