Knowing When Athetoid Cerebral Palsy May be Caused by Minnesota Medical Malpractice

There are Signs Where Athetoid Cerebral Palsy May be Caused by Minnesota Medical Malpractice 


Cerebral palsy is a permanent movement disorder caused by abnormal development or damage to parts of the brain that affect movement, posture, balance, and related functions.  There are several different types of cerebral palsy disorders.  One kind if at athetoid cerebral palsy, which is when the damage to the brain is to the basal ganglia.  This part of the brain affects fine motor control, muscle tone, and movement of extremities and muscles.  Severe cases can include seizures and significant involuntary movements.


Since cerebral palsy is generally caused by damage to the brain while it is developing, there can be many possible causes.  Some causes are not all fully understood.  Some are even natural causes, such as abnormal development or genetics.  Some are due to natural complications of the birthing process.  Other causes are, however, due to medical errors or medical malpractice which causes this type of severe birth injury.


How Do I Know if Athetoid Cerebral Palsy is Caused by Medical Malpractice or Natural and Unavoidable Consequences?


It is very difficult to assess whether athetoid cerebral palsy is caused by medical malpractice, was a natural complication, or was a genetic abnormality.  This is why you need a knowledge birth injury lawyer to help review your case.  The general way to prove that medical negligence caused athetoid cerebral palsy is by demonstrating that 1) certain actions taken prenatally or during the labor and delivery process caused or unnecessarily increased the chance of a birth injury, or 2) that proper medical care and attentive medical care could have identified and mitigated or prevented brain damage which caused cerebral palsy.


Common ways to demonstrate this are where there are signs of fetal distress which the healthcare team does not do anything about or handle.  This could be due to cord compression or even a ruptured cord.  This could also be due to certain medications or drugs given to the mother who is experiencing discomfort or pain before labor begins.  Some over common signs that there may have been a birth injury causing cerebral palsy include the following:


  • Any time there is fetal distress;
  • Skull fractures;
  • Weak, low, or slow heart rate;
  • Low oxygen level (o2 sat);
  • Seizures upon birth;
  • No or weak reflexes;
  • Muscle stiffness or looseness;
  • Loud shrill crying;
  • Need for NICU;
  • Blood loss for the child; and
  • Many other causes.


Families with a Child How Has Athetoid Cerebral Palsy Should Call Kuhlman Law, LLC to Learn Your Rights


While athetoid cerebral palsy can be caused by abnormal development or even genetics, it can be caused by medical negligence or errors.  These errors can result in significant, permanent, and irreversible brain damage to a young child.  Although these cases can be very difficult to prove, families should know that we offer a free consultation to review the facts of your potential case anywhere in Minnesota, including Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Duluth, or any other city.  Please call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (612) 444-3374 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.


There is no risk to learn if your child’s injuries were unavoidable consequences of childbirth and development or medical negligence.  Initial consultations and appointments are free.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough review of your case and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.  There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.


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