Athetoid Cerebral Palsy Law Firm

Latona Law athetoid cerebral palsy attorneys have helped many families whose child may have suffered a preventable birth injury that led to their cerebral palsy. If medical malpractice occurred, we will fight to get you compensation for a lifetime of financial and emotional struggle. Contact us for a free birth injury consultation.


Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy Lawsuits

Unfortunately, medical mistakes are the cause of thousands of cases of cerebral palsy and brain injuries.  Doctors and nurses caring for the mother and child are responsible for providing safe and effective care before, during and after birth.  When proper procedure is not followed, and the standard of care is broken, permanent brain damage to a child can occur, sometimes leading to Cerebral Palsy. 


What is the cause of athetoid cerebral palsy in infants?

• Leaving a child in the birth canal too long causing a lack of oxygen to the brain
• Failure to recognize and treat seizures following delivery
• Failure to detect a prolapsed cord
• Excessive use of vacuum extraction
• Excessive use of Pitocin to induce labor
• Failure to perform a C-section in the presence of fetal distress
• Not responding to changes in the fetal heart rate
• Failure to plan a C-section given the existence of risk factors
• Failure to timely diagnose and treat jaundice
• Failure to timely diagnose and treat sepsis and meningitis

Frequently asked athetoid/dyskinetic cerebral palsy questions:

Types of athetoid cerebral palsy
  • Dystonia – slow, rotational movement of the torso, arm or leg
  • Chorea – sudden involuntary movements, especially in fingers and toes
  • Athetosis – sluggish, writhing movements, mainly in fingers and face
  • Choreo-athetoid – a combination of chorea (jerky involuntary movements affecting especially the shoulders, hips, and face). and athetosis (abnormal muscle contractions cause involuntary writhing movements, impairing speech and use of the hands)
  • Ataxia – loss of balance and coordination
  • Rigidity – high muscle tone due to the fact hypertonia causes restricted movement
  • Dyskinesia – general term to describe involuntary movements
Signs of A.D.C.P.
  • Slow, uncontrolled movements of the extremities and trunk
  • Small, rapid, random and repetitive, uncontrolled movements known as chorea may also occur
  • Involuntary movements often increase during period of emotional stress or excitement and disappear when the patient is sleeping or distracted
  • Difficulty in maintaining posture and balance when sitting, standing, and walking due to involuntary movements and fluctuations in muscle tone
  • Difficulty with coordinated activities such as reaching and grasping
  • Muscles of the face and tongue can be affected, causing involuntary facial grimaces, expressions and drooling
  • Speech and language disorders, known as dysarthria
  • Difficulties eating
  • Hearing and vision disabilities
Indicators of Medical Negligence
  • Emergency delivery with forceps, vacuum extraction, or emergency C-section
  • Your child required resuscitation (CPR) after birth (your child may have been born appearing bluish)
  • Following delivery, your child was transferred to a different hospital, or spent time in the NICU
  • Your child had seizures immediately or shortly after birth
  • Your child required special testing after birth, such as an MRI, or brain sac
  • Your child required oxygen to facilitate breathing after birth
  • Low A.P.G.A.R. Score at birth

A team of birth injury lawyers to fight for you.

Contact us for a free medical malpractice consultation of your athetoid cerebral palsy case.

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