Dystonic Cerebral Palsy: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Understanding Dystonic Cerebral Palsy: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer Shares Information 


Cerebral palsy is a disorder or group of disorders affecting the brain.  It occurs when there is damage to the brain before, during, or shortly after birth.  The damage to the brain is commonly caused due to hypoxic conditions, which are conditions that are caused by a lack of oxygen.  This can occur due to an umbilical cord ruptures, proper use of forceps of vacuum extractor, excessive contractions, entanglement of the cord, and other fetal distress issues.  Some of these errors are due to Oregon medical malpractice from a healthcare provider’s careless, reckless, or negligent error. 


There are many different types of cerebral palsy.  These different types of cerebral palsy are due to the damage and the types of disorder that the brain damage caused.  The symptoms and damage from cerebral palsy will be different in every person that it affects.  Some people may be mildly affected, whereas other people may be several affected and require nearly around-the-clock care and intervention.  One type of cerebral palsy is called Dystonic Cerebral Palsy.  This is characterized by muscle spams which can be difficult to control due to incorrect signals from the brain.  It can be caused by genetics, but Dystonic Cerebral Palsy could also be caused by Oregon medical malpractice.


Dystonic Cerebral Palsy Facts


Dystonic cerebral palsy, also known as dyskinetic or choreoathetoid cerebral palsy, has a wide-range of disabilities or disorders.  This type of cerebral palsy is characterized by damage to the basal ganglia.  This is the part of the brain which governs muscle movement.  Damage here results in errors the way that the muscles are caused to be moved by the brain.  This is due to improper or inaccurate signal transmission.  Thus, dystonic cerebral palsy is generally known as a motor function disorder.


Generally, motor movements for dystonic cerebral palsy are slow movements.  There will be muscle rigidity and tension as well.  Patients will end up in persistent and abnormal postures that may last for seconds or minutes.  Muscle tone is usually increased due to constant tension and flexing.  These movements are involuntary.  Other common symptoms include the following:


  • Repetitive movements;
  • Pain from moving muscles;
  • Toughing of the face or chin before trying to move;
  • Involuntary movements;
  • Prolonged and slow movements;
  • Placement of the hand under the chin or behind the head when trying to move; and
  • Many other symptoms.


Contact an Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer if You Think Your Child’s Dystonic Cerebral Palsy May be Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


When your loved has dystonic cerebral palsy, call our Oregon medical malpractice lawyer for a free case evaluation to determine whether it was caused by the medical errors of a hospital provider.  While there are many natural causes that may have resulted in dystonic cerebral palsy such as genetics, there may be some sneaky ways that healthcare providers hide their errors to make it seem like this was an unavoidable consequence.  Providers may even blame you the parents for failing to recognize signs of distress and coming to a hospital.


However, these are just tactics to shift the blame and prevent you from obtaining justice.  Call us at Kuhlman Law, LLC to learn what your rights are in cerebral palsy cases.  We handle cases throughout Oregon and Central Oregon, including Deschutes County, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, The Dalles, Hood River, Clackamas, Corvallis, Albany, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tigard, Salem, Portland, Hillsboro, Vancouver, Washington, Beaverton, Oregon City, Eugene, Coos Bay, Astoria, Newport, Pendleton, Tillamook,  Milwaukie, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our main law office is located, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (541) 385-1999 to learn what your rights to compensation you may have.  You may also contact us using our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough investigation to get you the answers you deserve, all for free.  There is no risk, and you only pay us if we recover compensation for you.

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