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Cerebral Palsy

At Oshman & Mirisola, LLP, we know that people with cerebral palsy must endure extremely difficult medical, social, and educational development. As attorneys experienced in birth injury cases, we can help you determine if your child’s birth injury was a result of negligent medical care. We strive to create an environment where every client's case is handled as the most important one in the firm. From initial intake, through the institution of legal proceedings, and ultimately, to settlement or trial, our clients are kept abreast of the status of their case.

An estimated 764,000 children and adults nationwide exhibit one or more of symptoms of Cerebral Palsy, which include difficulty with fine motor tasks (such as writing or using scissors), difficulty maintaining balance or walking, involuntary movements. There are four classifications, or types, of cerebral palsy:

  • Spastic - occurs when the muscles are too tight. Patients will have stiff and jerky movement and will often have difficulty letting go of something in their hand. Spastic cerebral palsy is divided into five subcategories:
    • Diplegia - affects both arms or both legs
    • Hemiplegia - affects limbs on one side of the body
    • Quadriplegia - affects all limbs
    • Monoplegia - affects only one limb
    • Triplegia - affects three limbs
  • Ataxic - occurs when the muscles are too weak. Patients will be shaky and unsteady. They will often have very poor balance and be extremely unsteady when they attempt to walk.
     
  • Athetoid - occurs when the muscles fluctuate between being too tight and too weak. Patients will have involuntary movement in the face and arms, and will have difficulty holding themselves in an upright position.
     
  • Mixed - occurs when the muscles are affected in a combination of any of the types of Cerebral Palsy listed above.

If your child suffers from Cerebral Palsy that may have been the result of medical malpractice or negligence, please call Oshman & Mirisola, LLP. You may wish to bring legal action to compensate your child for their physical and emotional damages, and Oshman & Mirisola, LLP can help. Contact us today at 1-800-400-8182, or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

For more information, please visit our Cerebral Palsy website.