What are Different Types of Cerebral Palsy?

Understanding the different types of cerebral palsy, a serious type of birth injury, that exist and how they may impact your child is important. Below, we detail the four types of cerebral palsy and what effects they have on your baby’s body so you can better understand the options available to you.

Spastic Cerebral Palsy

This is the most common type of cerebral palsy that occurs, impacting roughly 70 to 80 percent of those who experience CP. Typically, this has hypertonia affects, which impact movements in the child causing them to exaggerate movements greatly or jerk about.

Some of the symptoms include awkward reflexes and stiffness in certain parts of the body. It’s caused by damage to the brain’s motor cortex. If the right side is injured, the left side of the body would experience problems, and if the left side of the motor cortex is injured, the right side of the body is affected.

Athetoid Cerebral Palsy

This type of cerebral palsy occurs in roughly 10% of cases and causes problems with involuntary movement in your baby’s face, limbs, and torso. Some of the common symptoms include stiffness in the body, limbs that appear floppy, posture issues, and trouble eating.

Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

Typically, balance and coordination are impacted in children who have ataxic cerebral palsy, but there is only a small percentage of cases in which this occurs. Some of the symptoms you may recognize include speech problems, issues with depth perception, and shakiness.

Mixed Cerebral Palsy

This occurs very rarely (less than 10% of cases) and the baby often exhibits symptoms associated with multiple types of cerebral palsy. This is displayed in various characteristics that would identify multiple brain injuries occurring.

At Beam Legal Team, we work hard to help parents understand their rights following cerebral palsy caused by doctor negligence. We know how difficult this can be for you and your family, and we want to pursue compensation to help you through the complex matters that lie ahead.

Trust in our Chicago lawyers to help you throughout the entire process, safeguarding your rights at every stage. We’ll go the extra mile for you and your family because it is a time when you need someone on your side.

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