Cerebral Palsy Affecting Voluntary Movement: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains

What Cerebral Palsy Conditions Affect Voluntary Movement?  Bend & Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer Shares Information on Choreoathetoid, Athetoid, and Dystonia Cerebral Palsy


Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a group of disorders which impair an individuals ability to move due to damage to the brain.  The name literally means damage to the brain, in that “cerebral” relates to the brain and “palsy” relates to a muscle weakness or problem.  According to the CDC, cerebral palsy affects 1 in about 323 children making it the most common motor disability affecting children.  There are many different types of cerebral palsy, including types which alter, inhibit, or create movement disorders.  As a Portland and Bend medical malpractice lawyer, I know that these conditions can be very disruptive to a young child and result in a lifetime of complications for a child and the family.


What Causes Cerebral Palsy Affecting Voluntary Movement?


Cerebral palsy is damage to the brain while it is developing.  This means in utero, during the birthing process, or immediately after the birthing process.  The location of the damage depends on how the impairments will affect an individual, whereas the extent of the impairments will affect how severe the impairments manifest.


For instance, athetoid cerebral palsy is damage to the basal ganglia during development.  This structure is associated with gross motor function and volunteer motor movements.  Whereas a shift in the damage causes choreoathetoid cerebral palsy which results in damage to part of the brain resulting in involuntary facial movements and limb movements.  Dystonic cerebral palsy is damage to a slightly different area of the brain which causes slow yet strong muscle contractions which could effect a limb or even just a hand, or the entire body.


Thus, the exact location of the damage to the brain and the structure which is damaged can dictate what impairments an individual will suffer.  Typically the damage is seen on an imaging study like a ct-scan, MRI, or functional MRI as lesions to that area of the brain.  The more lesions and the largest the lesions, the less the brain will be able to function properly.


While there may be many natural causes to cerebral palsy like genetic predispositions, some causes of cerebral palsy are unfortunately due to Oregon medical malpractice which can affect the brain.  This injuries include failing to monitor an infant in distress, umbilical cord ruptures, excessive contractions, improper use of forceps/vacuum extractor, and other related injuries.  Generally, the injuries resulting in cerebral palsy are those which cause an hypoxia or oxygen deprivation.


Was Your Child Diagnosed with a Voluntary Movement Cerebral Palsy?  Have Our Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer Review Your Case


If your child has been diagnosed with any type of voluntary movement form of cerebral palsy, you may have been the victim of Oregon medical malpractice and not even know about it.  Please call our Portland medical malpractice lawyer for a free appointment to learn what your rights may be.  We accept cases throughout Oregon and Central Oregon, including Deschutes County, Salem, Portland, Corvallis, Lake Oswego, Vancouver, Washington, Sisters, Redmond, Madras, Prineville, The Dalles, Eugene, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our main law office is located. 


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