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Understanding the Different Types of Cerebral Palsy: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains


Cerebral palsy can be one of the most debilitating conditions that a person may be diagnosed with. This is a neurological disorder caused by a brain injury or damage during the development stage of the brain.  The damage effects the motor movement and function areas of the brain.  This includes body movement, muscle tone, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle function, posture, balance, fine movements, involuntary movements, and volitional movements.  The damage cannot be cured, but some symptoms and effects can be managed through medications and extensive physical therapy or occupational therapy.


There are several different types of cerebral palsy.  These different types of cerebral palsy affect different aspects of how a person can function.  The different types are the following:


Spastic Cerebral Palsy – this is the most common type of cerebral palsy and makes up to 80% of all cases.  This type causes people to experienced hypertonia, or jerky, erratic movements.  The damage is to the brain’s motor cortex and paramedical tract, which sends messages to the muscle to move in a certain way.  


Athetoid Cerebral Palsy – this type occurs in about 10% of all cerebral palsy cases, and is a mixed of hypotonia and hypertonia.  This means that the muscle tone can fluctuate from stiff and rigid to loose and unstructured.  The main trait is involuntary movement in the upper body, including the head, and the limbs.  This is caused by damage to the basal ganglia and cerebellum, which govern the voluntary motor function and balance.


Ataxic Cerebral Palsy – this is a small percentage of all cerebral palsy cases, but it effects a large range of a person’s movement including their balance and coordination.  Many people have issues with voluntary movements, which is characterized due to damage to the cerebellum which controls balance and coordination.  Individuals with ataxic cerebral palsy may have reduced muscle tone and difficulty speaking.


Mixed Cerebral Palsy – In more extensive brain injury cases, mixed cerebral palsy can cause a significant amount of damage to several areas of the brain.  These areas of the brain that are damaged can create a cascade of different effects.  While this type is rare, complicated from mixed cerebral palsy cases may really challenge caregivers because of the wide range of disabilities that could occur.


Does Your Child Have Cerebral Palsy?  Find out How Our Law Firm Can Help!


While cerebral palsy can be caused by a wide variety of issues, including genetics and unavoidable consequences, some causes of cerebral palsy are due to medical errors and negligence.  This may be due to Oregon medical malpractice.  These errors can be prolific and cause injuries such as mixed cerebral palsy, where many areas of the brain are damaged.


If you or your loved one have been seriously injured due to cerebral palsy, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC to learn how we can help you.  We handle cases throughout Oregon, including anywhere in Central Oregon, Deschutes County, Salem, Portland, Corvallis, Happy Valley, The Dalles, Hood River, Tigard, Vancouver, Washington, Lake Oswego, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Prineville, Madras, Eugene, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our 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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