Mixed Cerebral Palsy

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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.

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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 Legal Team, 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 secured over one billion dollars in verdicts and settlements 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.


  • Beam Legal Team, LLC Our daughter, Marissa deserved the same care and treatment as any other child but when that didn't happen and the hospital where she was delivered went into legal mode, all our questions went unanswered. "What happened?" we asked, only to receive a response of "Not all babies are born pink and rosy". BS... Thanks to Jack Beam and Matt Patterson, we finally got answers and held the people responsible accountable. We wanted the truth, "No stone left unturned." was our motto during trial and they did exactly that! I can never thank them enough for what they did for our daughter and for us, giving us peace of mind in knowing Marissa will be taken care of for the rest of her life. God Bless you.
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