Spastic Hemiplegia Attorneys
Signs of Spastic Hemiplegia in an Infant
Spastic hemiplegia is a type of cerebral palsy in which a child may have decreased spontaneous movements of the limbs on one side of the body. The arm is often more involved than the leg and difficulty in hand manipulation may be obvious by 1 year of age. Walking is usually delayed until 18-24 months.
Spasticity - continuous contraction of the muscles - is apparent in the affected extremities, particularly the ankle. A child with spastic hemiplegia often walks on tiptoes because of the increased tone, and the affected upper extremity assumes a dystonic posture - that is, an involuntary muscle spasm causing unnatural posture - when the child runs.
About one third of patients with spastic hemiplegia have a seizure disorder that usually develops during the first year or two, and approximately 25% have cognitive abnormalities including mental retardation. A computerized tomography (CT) scan or MRI study may show atrophy, or wasting tissue damage, to the side of the brain opposite the affected limbs. That means if the left arm and leg are affected by spastic hemiplegia, the right side of the brain is where you’ll see the damage.
Talk to Attorney Laura Brown at Birth Injury Safety
In the aftermath of a birth injury incident, the mental and emotional, not to mention financial, fallout can be devastating. At Birth Injury Safety, we have represented many anguished parents who felt lost and powerless after their child’s injury. By guiding them through the claims process and helping them attain the compensation they deserved, we were able to provide them with relief. Please let us do the same for you. Contact birth injury attorney Laura Brown today at (214) 974-4121 to discuss your case.