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Spastic Hemiplegia Cerebral Palsy: Causes, Symptoms, & Legal Options

by The Beasley Firm  |  March 27, 2023  |  

What You Need to Know About Spastic Hemiplegia Cerebral Palsy

Prior to a diagnosis, few people realize that there are multiple types of cerebral palsy (CP). The most common form is spastic cerebral palsy which causes stiff muscles. Spastic CP can affect part or all of the body. When it only affects one side of the body it is referred to as Spastic Hemiplegia Cerebral Palsy. 

At The Beasley Firm, we represent families whose children have received a cerebral palsy diagnosis related to trauma at birth. Our lawyers can help you understand your rights including your right to compensation. If your child was diagnosed with spastic hemiplegia cerebral palsy, contact our office at (215) 866-2424 to book a free consultation.

What Is Spastic Hemiplegia Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in children. The disorder can range from relatively minor affecting only a limited part of the body to severe paralysis. Spastic cerebral palsy accounts for approximately 80% of all cases. It is usually classified by the area of the body affected by the movement disorder. 

Hemiplegia means paralysis that affects one side of the body. Therefore, spastic hemiplegia CP is a form of the disorder that affects only one side. Most often, it is the arm that is impacted as opposed to the leg.

What Causes Spastic Hemiplegia CP? 

Spastic hemiplegia cerebral palsy can be caused by a number of factors. In some instances, CP is caused by medical malpractice or a healthcare providerโ€™s negligence. It can be difficult to determine who or what caused your childโ€™s CP which is why you should always consult with an attorney after a diagnosis.

Common causes of spastic hemiplegia cerebral palsy:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Brain hemorrhage prior to birth
  • Prenatal infection
  • Inadequate oxygen supply at birth
  • Brain damage during the labor and delivery process
  • Maternal infection (such as meningitis)
  • Strokes
  • Congenital conditions

Cerebral palsy can affect nearly every aspect of a childโ€™s life. Not only may a child suffer from paralysis in one side or part of their body, but they may also have developmental delays and long-term health issues.

Hiring a Qualified Birth Injury Attorney

If your child was diagnosed with spastic hemiplegia cerebral palsy, you need to consult with an attorney. Contact our office at (215) 866-2424 to book a free consultation. Our lawyers have extensive experience helping birth injury victims and their families. There are no fees unless we win. Call our office now to discuss your legal options.

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