Athetoid Cerebral Palsy Caused by Birth Injuries: Oregon Cerebral Palsy Lawyers

Oregon Cerebral Palsy Lawyers Explain Why Birth Injuries Could Cause Athetoid Cerebral Palsy


One of the most devastating diagnoses for a newborn is cerebral palsy, or CP.  This is particularly true if the infant has severe and significant symptoms.  Cerebral palsy is a disorder or group of disorders which affect how the brain functions and processes information.  This includes processing how a person is to move or ambulate.  A person with CP may have difficult moving either voluntarily or involuntarily.  There are many different types of CP, and athetoid cerebral palsy is one such type.  This type of CP, also known as dyskinetic cerebral palsy, can be caused due to reckless, careless, and downright negligent medical errors.  Learn more about athetoid cerebral palsy from our Oregon cerebral palsy lawyers.


What is Athetoid Cerebral Palsy?


All types of cerebral palsy affect movement.  They could cause trouble voluntarily moving parts of the body, or difficulty with involuntary movements.  Depending on the severity of the injury to the brain and the location of the lesions, there are different types of cerebral palsy.  One such type of several palsy is athetoid cerebral palsy, which is charactered by unique features that not all types of cerebral palsy have.


For instance, athetoid cerebral palsy result in abnormal movements which are involuntary and usually completely uncontrollable.  Because of this, individuals with athetoid CP have increased muscle tone (due to constant moving and flexion) or decreased muscle tone (due to the inability of the muscles to move properly).  Very few people with severe athetoid CP have a “normal” muscle tone; there is usually an extreme.  


People with athetoid CP also may have periods of fluctuating symptoms.  This means that individuals may have strong muscle tone or weak muscle tone in a random cycle which could span weeks or months.  This constant fluctuation causes difficulties as accommodations for tasks such as sitting or even laying down are made significantly more difficult with hypertonia or increase muscle tone and flexion, versus periods of hypotonia or decreased muscle tone.


Why Does Oregon Birth Injuries Caused CP?


There are many reasons why negligent Oregon birth injuries could result in any form of cerebral palsy, especially athetoid CP.  Some of the most common reasons include the following:


  • Hypoxic injuries due to an oxygen deficiency;
  • Improper use of extraction tools such as forceps or vacuum extraction;
  • HIE;
  • Uncontrolled bleeding or injury;
  • Head injuries or trauma;
  • Failing to properly monitor the baby or mother during birth;
  • Overdose of Pitocin or other medications or drugs;
  • Delays in treating for an umbilical cord prolapse or rupture; and
  • Other common causes.


Oregon Cerebral Palsy Lawyers Can Help Victims with Newborns of Athetoid CP


Any type of CP is a devastating diagnosis, and athetoid cerebral palsy is certainly one such diagnosis.  If your child was diagnosed with any other troubling health condition such as cerebral palsy, make sure you get the help that you deserve and you need to protect your rights to compensation.  If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover. 


Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  


We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  


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