Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy can be difficult to diagnose, because its symptoms are often similar to those of other disorders. There isn’t a single definitive test that can confirm that the child officially has cerebral palsy, so coming to a diagnosis can be a long and complicated process of observation, analyzing a pattern of evidence, and performing neurological scans to rule out other causes of symptoms before finally determining that the child has cerebral palsy.

Once a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, the parents face the challenge of providing the specialized care he or she will need. This can cause a great deal of emotional and financial stress on the family. If the child’s cerebral palsy was caused by medical malpractice or negligence, the parents and child may be able to get financial compensation by means of a cerebral palsy lawsuit, which can relieve the economic hardship. Balkin & Eisbrouch is a leader in birth injury litigation. We have helped many parents of children with cerebral palsy obtain significant financial birth injury settlements that enable them to give their child the best possible care.

Getting a diagnosis of cerebral palsy

The first red flag that starts parents and doctors on the journey to a cerebral palsy diagnosis is usually the realization that the child is missing important developmental milestones, such as sitting up, crawling, and walking. But because children develop at individual rates, and because many other issues can cause developmental delays as well, a child whose cerebral palsy symptoms are not severe may not be officially diagnosed with the condition until age two to five.

Symptoms of cerebral palsy can include delays in milestones such as sitting up, crawling, or waling; stiffness; jerky or erratic movements; difficulty with speech; poor coordination; and slow growth or weight gain. In mild cases, a child may only have problems with balance and coordination. In the most severe cases, a child may be confined to a wheelchair and require round-the-clock care.

To determine that the child has cerebral palsy, doctors will clinically observe the child and analyze his or her motor skills and symptoms. Doctors will also take full medical histories of both parents to rule out genetic disorders, and do tests to rule out nervous disorders and muscle diseases. CT and MRI scans may be performed to assess the location and severity of brain damage.

Filing a cerebral palsy lawsuit

If your child received a diagnosis of cerebral palsy as a result of a birth injury, Balkin and Eisbrouch is here to help. Our attorneys have many years of experience in birth injury litigation, and we are dedicated to obtaining financial compensation for you and your child. Call us today to find out what we can do for you. There is no charge unless we win your case.