Cerebral Palsy results from damage to the brain during pregnancy, delivery, or childhood.  When a child’s brain is damaged, there can be interference with messages between the brain and the body.  Some effects may include:

  • Involuntary Movement;
  • Mental Retardation;
  • Muscle Spasm or Tightness;
  • Problems with Walking;
  • Seizures;
  • Speech, Hearing, or Sight Impairment; and
  • Unusual Awareness and Sensation.

There are four general types of Cerebral Palsy:

  • Spastic Cerebral Palsy: this type causes the baby’s muscles to be very stiff and permanently narrowed.  The two types of Spastic Cerebral Palsy are hemiplegia (where one side of the body is affected) and quadriplegia (where all four limbs are affected).  Some infant with Spastic Cerebral Palsy may experience uncontrollable shaking.
  • Athetoid or Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy: this type causes uncontrolled, slow, writhing movements.  These movements affect the hands, feet, or legs.  Additionally, facial muscles or the tongue are also affected.  This causes excess saliva and difficulty speaking.
  • Ataxic Cerebral Palsy: this type of Cerebral Palsy is very rare and affects balance and coordination.  If a person has Ataxic Cerebral Palsy they may walk unsteadily or have a wide step.  They may have problems making quick or exact movements.  They may also suffer from tremors with voluntary movement, such as reaching for something. 
  • Mixed Type of Cerebral Palsy: This is a combination of all the types of Cerebral Palsy listed above.  The most common combination is Spastic Cerebral Palsy and Athetoid Cerebral Palsy.  However, there are other possible combinations.

The Hudson cerebral palsy attorneys at Greenberg and Greenberg handle cases throughout New York State, including Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, and Albany County.  Our legal team has earned a reputation for dedicated service to our clients injured in New York personal injury accidents.  Please contact us today to receive a FREE case evaluation by dialing locally to 518-828-3336 or call toll free at 877-469-9300.