Mixed Cerebral Palsy Lawyer in Chicago
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Cerebral palsy, a common birth injury characterized by brain damage and
movement impairment, can take several different forms. Most generally,
these include athetoid, spastic, and ataxic cerebral palsy, of which there
can be different subforms. While each form of cerebral palsy can have
a devastating impact on the lives of newborns and their families, mixed
cerebral palsy can be even more challenging to deal with, as it is a combination
of at least two or more different types of cerebral palsy.
While mixed cerebral palsy is rare, affecting just 10% of all cerebral
palsy patients, it can be exceedingly troublesome when it comes to medical
treatment and a child’s ability to meet the demands of daily life,
especially in severe cases. Because of this, it becomes critically important
that families with a child who suffers from cerebral palsy as a result
of preventable medical negligence pursue the legal pathways to recover
financial compensation for their damages.
At Beam & Raymond, our birth injury lawyers have extensive experience
protecting the rights of clients whose lives have been changed by a cerebral
palsy diagnosis, including mixed cerebral palsy. By leveraging our insight
and our passion for improving the lives and futures of families, we have
recovered millions of dollars in compensation against a range of negligent
health care providers, and are readily available to help others who might
find themselves facing these difficult issues.
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Understanding Mixed Cerebral Palsy
Mixed cerebral palsy can vary from case to case, and may involve a combination
of any two or all three common forms of the disorder. These include:
Spastic Cerebral Palsy – As the most common form of cerebral palsy, spastic forms are characterized
by stiff and tense muscles. It is caused by damages to the brain’s
motor cortex during birth.
Athetoid Cerebral Palsy – A type of dyskinetic cerebral palsy, this form of the disorder
causes slow, involuntary movement beyond a person’s control. It
results from damage to the basal ganglia of the brain.
Ataxic Cerebral Palsy – Ataxic cerebral palsy affects a child’s balance, coordination,
and depth perception and can result from brain damage to the cerebellum.
It is less common than spastic or athetoid cerebral palsy.
The medical community has found that some forms of cerebral palsy are more
likely to occur together than others when it comes to mixed cerebral palsy.
For example, spastic and athetoid cerebral palsy are the most common combination
for mixed forms of the disorder. When this is the case, a child can experience
stiffness associated with spasticity, as well as slow, involuntary movements
of athetoid cerebral palsy.
While some cases of mixed cerebral palsy may be more severe than others,
all cases have the potential to cause complications in the lives of victims
and their loved ones. The presence of two or more forms of the disorder
can also complicate treatment. Other complications include increased risks
of seizures, mental retardation, and neurological issues that can cause
difficulties with speech, swallowing, communication, hearing, and vision.
Medical Negligence and Your Rights
Cerebral palsy can occur when a child’s brain experiences brain damage
during birth. Often, this brain damage is preventable if not for the failures
of medical professionals to provide an acceptable standard of care during
delivery. It may also occur when doctors and nurses fail to timely diagnose
or treat certain conditions in newborns.
Whatever the particular cause of cerebral palsy may be, victims will have
the right to pursue a financial recovery of their damages, including compensation
for their future needs, by taking legal action to hold the responsible
health care providers accountable. When it can be shown that a doctor,
nurse, or any other medical professional provided substandard care that
more likely than not caused the disorder, they can be held liable for
the damages victims and families incur.
Discuss Your Case Personally with a Proven Attorney
Cerebral palsy cases, like all birth injury cases, can be difficult legal
endeavors. With the presence of multiple forms of the disorder, mixed
cerebral palsy birth injury cases can become even more complex. This is
why they demand the attention of caring and capable attorneys who possess
the experience and resources to effectively illustrate the medical facts
involved, and fight for the maximum compensation possible.
If you would like to discuss your case and rights with a member of our
firm, do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. Our team
is standing by to help.