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Types of Cerebral Palsy

Types of Cerebral Palsy: Ataxic, Athetoid & Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Legal help for spastic cerebral palsy and other birth injury cases in Ohio

Attorneys at Anderson Law Offices, LLC help clients with children in Ohio suffering from spastic cerebral palsy and other types of birth injuries. For a new parent, learning that your child has cerebral palsy can be devastating. You may feel anxious and worried about your child’s future and you may also want answers. Sometimes, the obstetricians and medical staff that we trust for delivering babies exercise poor judgment or do not live up to their professional standards during pregnancy and childbirth. As a result, new parents and their child can live with the consequences of a medical professional’s errant action or decision for the rest of their lives.

If you have legal questions or concerns about medical malpractice and birth injury, contact our firm and speak to a dedicated Ohio birth injury lawyer.

What is spastic cerebral palsy?

Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type of cerebral palsy. Approximately 80 percent of all cerebral palsy cases can be classified as spastic. Spastic cerebral palsy is characterized by increased muscle tone and muscle tightness. The result is awkward and tense movements and lack of coordination. Spastic cerebral palsy can be divided into three types according to the area of the body that is affected:

  • Spastic diplegia: leg and hip muscles are tense and legs cross at the knees, making it difficult to walk
  • Spastic hemiplegia: one side of your child’s body is affected; the arm and leg may not develop normally and braces might be necessary
  • Spastic quadriplegia: the most severe type of spastic cerebral palsy; your child’s arms, legs, and body are affected and it is difficult to walk and talk.

What is athetoid cerebral palsy?

Anderson Law Offices, LLC also represents parents whose child in Ohio has athetoid cerebral palsy. Athetoid cerebral palsy, also known as dyskinetic cerebral palsy, is the second most common type of cerebral palsy, affecting nearly 25 percent of all cerebral palsy cases. Athetoid cerebral palsy results in very tense and very relaxed muscle states, which cannot be controlled. A person with athetoid may exhibit several symptoms:

  • Drooling
  • Posture problems
  • Grimacing
  • Speech problems

What is ataxic cerebral palsy?

Anderson Law Offices, LLC helps parents whose children in Ohio have ataxic cerebral palsy. Ataxic cerebral palsy accounts for approximately 10 percent of all cerebral palsy cases. This type of cerebral palsy is characterized by poor coordination due to disrupted balance and depth perception. People suffering from ataxic cerebral palsy may display a variety of symptoms:

  • Balancing problems
  • Clumsiness
  • Difficulty with activities requiring refined motor skills, such as writing or typing
  • Possible seizures
  • ”Intention tremors”
  • Difficulty reaching for items due to poor depth perception

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