Types of Cerebral Palsy

At the time a child receives a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, it is difficult to predict what impact the disability will have on that child’s life.  Although there are four types of cerebral palsy, many studies have shown that the proper classification can not effectively be done until the child is at least 18 months old.

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There are Four Types of Cerebral Palsy:

  1. Spastic Cerebral Palsy: Resulting in stiff and weak muscles.  The most common type of cerebral palsy, accounting for approximately 70% of all cases.
  2. Athetoid Cerebral Palsy: Associated with uncontrolled and involuntary movements.  Accounts for approximately 20%.
  3. Ataxic Cerebral Palsy: Shaky movements and unsteady balance.  Least common type, accounting for approximately 10%.
  4. Mixed Cerebral Palsy: A combination of types, usually Spastic and Athetoid.

Determining what type of cerebral palsy a child has will assist in determining what sort of symptoms and disabilities the child will face. In addition, it will assist in determining the various cerebral palsy treatment options which may be available for the child.


In many cases, cerebral palsy may have been caused by a medical mistake at birth resulting in a brain injury for the child .  If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, the cerebral palsy lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. can investigate the circumstances surrounding the birth and have medical records reviewed by qualified experts to determine whether the financial compensation may be available through a cerebral palsy lawsuit.

There are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained for the child. However, there are different deadlines in each state which could bar the child’s right to obtain cerebral palsy benefits, so it is important to have any potential claim reviewed as soon as you can.