What is Dystonic Cerebral Palsy? Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Understanding Dystonic Cerebral Palsy: Our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Explain it


There are many different types of cerebral palsy, or CP.  This is a condition that affects brain function related to movement.  One type of CP is dystonic cerebral palsy.  This type of cerebral palsy causes mostly involuntary muscle constructions, posture issues, and abnormal or repetitive movements.  There are several different causes of dystonic cerebral palsy which include natural complications or due to Oregon medical malpractice.  In fact, many cases of cerebral palsy are caused by reckless, careless, or downright negligent medical care and treatment of a healthcare provider.  If your newborn was diagnosed with any type of cerebral palsy, ask our Portland birth injury lawyers whether you may have a case.


Even if you are told you may not have a case from your doctors, you should still have a cerebral palsy lawyer review your case.  This is because most doctors are quick to blame natural consequences or risks of the labor and delivery process for cerebral palsy.  Some doctors will even blame genetics and other factors out of everyone’s control.  While this may sometimes be the truth, unfortunately they hold all of the information to determine whether this is true or not.  Some doctors will lie to prevent a legal action against them or their hospital or practice group.  This is because cerebral palsy cases could result in significant damages to victims who are seriously hurt and even cost a doctor his or her medical license.  Thus, any diagnosis of cerebral palsy must always be reviewed by a healthcare provider.


What is Dystonic Cerebral Palsy?


Dystonic cerebral palsy is the type of CP which causes involuntary muscle spasms and movement.  It occurs in about one out of every six cerebral palsy cases.  The muscle spasms can be very difficult to control and be painful.  Unlike other forms of CP, dystonic cerebral palsy causes different symptoms and affects in every person.  Some people with dystonic cerebral palsy could be very restless, whereas other could have twisting, repetitive movements or abnormal postures.  Others could have jerky involuntary movements whereas others have irregular movements.  Some have trouble standing or walk, whereas other have trouble sitting down.  The symptoms of dystonic cerebra palsy is completely governed by which areas of the basil ganglia are injured and what specific nerves on the basil ganglia are damaged the most.


Causes of Dystonic CP


Dystonic cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the basal ganglia, or the structure in the brain which covers the recruitment of muscles for movement purposes.  Damage here means that the brain cannot invoke voluntary muscle movement or that the muscle movement is triggered by random, electrical pulses (hence, involuntary movements).


How this area of the brain is damaged, however, is not always due to natural causes.  Brain injuries could occur during the labor and delivery process.  This includes several brain injuries causing cerebral palsy.  Indeed, in some instances Oregon medical malpractice could cause birth injuries which result in serious damage to the newborn’s brain.  Some of the most common ways that medical malpractice causes dystonic cerebral palsy include the following:


  • HIE or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy;
  • Anoxic (lack of oxygen) injuries;
  • Hypoxic (decreased oxygen/deficiency) injuries;
  • Umbilical cord prolapse;
  • Umbilical cord rupture;
  • Excessive contractions;
  • Overdose of medications during the labor and delivery process;
  • Improper fetal positioning;
  • Pushing too soon when not properly effaced;
  • Shoulder dystocia;
  • Pulling, yanking, or grabbing the baby through the birth canal before he or she can fit;
  • Gestational diabetes which causes a large baby;
  • Large baby and small pelvis; and
  • Many other common causes.

Oregon Medical Malpractice Causing Dystonic Cerebral Palsy Should be Reviewed by our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers


Get a lawyer to review your child’s medical records whenever there is any diagnosis of a troubling health condition such as dystonic cerebral palsy.  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.  


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Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

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