Athetoid Cerebral Palsy

What Is Athetoid Cerebral Palsy?

The term “cerebral palsy” refers to a class of disorders resulting from neurological damage.  These disorders often involve problems with movement, muscle tone and sensation.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, athetoid cerebral palsy occurs when the child is unable to control the movements of his or her muscles.  “Writhing movement” is a term associated with athetoid cerebral palsy.

Athetoid Cerebral Palsy Signs and Symptoms

Children born with athetoid cerebral palsy suffer from dramatic, involuntary movements of the upper body, arms and face.  They are often unable to hold themselves in a steady upright position, so they may have trouble walking, sitting or standing in one spot.

For many children suffering from this form of cerebral palsy, even simple movements require a considerable amount of work. These children may have trouble holding things, speaking and remaining still. Grasping objects and reaching for specific items is often impossible.  Some children may drool uncontrollably and make involuntary facial movements.

Athetoid cerebral palsy varies in severity. Children with mild forms of the disease may maintain some control of their muscles, while children with more severe forms of athetoid cerebral palsy may be completely disabled by the uncontrollable movements.  In time, children suffering from athetoid cerebral palsy may develop deformities, dislocated joints and disc degeneration in the spine.

An Athetoid Cerebral Palsy Lawyer

If your child developed athetoid cerebral palsy as a result of an injury he or she sustained during the birthing process, you may be entitled to compensation from the hospital or doctors responsible.  If you hire an athetoid cerebral palsy lawyer, he or she will research the case, review your child’s medical records and find information about the medical personnel involved in order to determine whether the child’s condition resulted from negligence or malpractice.

If your attorney discovers that the child’s injury was, in fact, caused by medical personnel, he or she will file a lawsuit against the negligent parties.  A successful lawsuit will end with an award of damages or settlement for damages.

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