Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

Cerebral palsy symptoms may vary in severity as the location and size of the damage to the brain can also vary. Common cerebral palsy symptoms are abnormal walk, muscle weakness, tremors or lack of coordination.

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What Are the Symptoms and Signs of Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of conditions that affect the brain and nervous system, impairing functions like movement, cognition, sight and possibly hearing.

It can be caused by an injury to an infant’s brain before, during or shortly after birth and is often associated with the following birth injuries:

  • Low levels of oxygen in the brain (hypoxia)
  • Prematurity
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Brain infections
  • Head injury
  • Infections in the mother during pregnancy
  • and severe jaundice.

In many cases, these causes are the result of negligent or improper medical care.

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Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

Physical Cerebral Palsy Symptoms:

  • Abnormal walk, or gait.
  • Muscle weakness, partial paralysis or tight muscles
  • Tremors
  • Loss of coordination
  • Tight joints, or joint contracture

Brain and Nervous System Symptoms:

  • Speech problems (dysarthria)
  • Hearing and vision abnormalities
  • Seizures
  • Constant pain
  • Learning disabilities

Other Symptoms:

  • Digestive disorders such as reflux and constipation (in infants and at all ages)
  • Slower than normal growth
  • Drooling
  • Urinary incontinence

Cerebral palsy can also indirectly contribute to osteoporosis, scoliosis, pneumonia, arthritis and bowel obstruction.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for cerebral palsy – it is a lifelong disorder that may require costly long-term care.

Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit

Cerebral palsy is often the result of medical malpractice or negligence occurring at birth and many parents pursue lawsuits for cerebral palsy to help protect their children's future. The lifelong consequence of CP is a lifetime of health concerns and extra care expenses.

Together our nurse consulting and legal teams are committed to helping you get the compensation you need to provide financial support for your child’s future.

Call Sokolove Law today at (800) 995-1212 or start a free legal case review now.

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Last modified: April 2, 2021