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Our Pittsburgh Attorneys Represent Those Diagnosed With Athetoid Cerebral Palsy

Athetoid cerebral palsy, also known as dyskenetic cerebral palsy, is a form of the disorder that occurs in approximately one-quarter of patients. It is caused by damage to the basal ganglia portion of the brain. Those afflicted by athetoid cerebral palsy have abnormal muscle tone and experience involuntary movements. Their muscles spasm as they fluctuate between being too tight and too weak. Symptoms of athetoid cerebral palsy include:

  • Difficulty eating
  • Problems maintaining upright posture
  • Drooling
  • Difficulty holding objects (especially smaller objects such as pens, forks, etc.)
  • Constant, involuntary writhing of the hands, arms, legs, feet, face or tongue
  • Problems speaking

Athetoid cerebral palsy, consistent with all forms of cerebral palsy, is caused by brain damage. Specifically, it is caused by such factors as the following:

  • Prenatal developmental problems
  • Infections in a pregnant mother
  • Genetics
  • Infant jaundice
  • A fetus or newborn suffering a head injury
  • Medical mistakes during or after birth

Many children diagnosed with athetoid cerebral palsy require lifelong treatment. As a result, the costs of medications, specialists, medical technology and other care can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. If you can prove that your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by medical negligence, you have the right to be compensated for all current and future hospital and treatment costs, as well as living expenses and mental and physical pain and suffering. However, a successful birth injury lawsuit is difficult without the assistance of an experienced Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyer.

The McClelland Law Group has been helping families recover from birth injuries for 30 years

The birth of a child should be a joyful experience for a family. If your baby has been injured by a medical mistake, you may find your happiness replaced by anxiety about how to care for them. Our birth injury lawyers work with on staff medical personnel and consult specialists in order to determine if a birth injury lawsuit is appropriate. If it is, we will take all necessary steps to make sure you are able to take care of your family now and in the future.

To speak with an attorney about a birth injury lawsuit in Erie or Pittsburgh, contact us today. Not only will your consultation be free, you won’t pay a cent unless we are able to broker a deal for your compensation.