Athetoid Cerebral Palsy


What is Athetoid Cerebral Palsy

Types of Cerebral Palsy

Athetoid cerebral palsy is characterized by slow involuntary movements, giving the appearance of restlessness. Children with athetoid cerebral palsy may find it difficult to sit and to walk because they have difficulty controlling their hands, arms, feet and legs. In addition to slow movements, they may also be quick and jerky.

Also referred to as dyskinetic cerebral palsy, it is a blanket term for several types of cerebral palsy, including choreoathetoid and dystonic CP.

Distinct Aspects of Athetoid Cerebral Palsy

Athetoid cerebral palsy is one of the rarer types of the condition, affecting about one-quarter of people living with CP. It is distinguished by fluctuating muscle tone, going from too tight to too loose within a short timeframe. Children with athetoid cerebral palsy may feel floppy when carried, and their symptoms may become pronounced when they make deliberate movements, such as to reach for a toy or eating utensil. Since facial muscles may also be affected, children may have difficulty sucking or communicating through speech.

Parents of children with athetoid cerebral palsy share the concerns of all parents of children with CP. They want the ability to provide the best care, attention and opportunities to their loved ones. Often, however, parents do not have the full information they need about what therapy is available nor the extensive financial resources needed to fund it.

At Renaud Law Group, we are dedicated to answering the questions posed by families of children with cerebral palsy. We are committed to helping them discover what happened to cause their child’s condition. If there may be a potential case of birth injury, where legal action can not only help a child get full and proper care but also hold those who caused the injuries to account, we will explore this option with you. Regardless of the options you choose to pursue, we will support what is in your family’s best interests.

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Our Team

Don Renaud, Trial & Appellate Lawyer

Don’s sense of accomplishment is derived from verdicts and settlements which improve the lives of his clients. His extensive trial experience, network and training relieves pressure to settle if a more appropriate amount is obtainable through either jury trial or trial by judge alone.

Mark Barry, Trial & Appellate Lawyer

Mark’s experience as a litigator includes time as both a criminal defense lawyer as well as a federal prosecutor. His trial work has taken him around the province, and has involved cases in front of both judge alone and juries.

Maida Collins, Paralegal

Maida currently assists Don with serious ICBC claims and complex medical negligence files, including birth trauma and cerebral palsy cases. Among Maida’s responsibilities are case investigation, documentary disclosure, legal document preparation, legal research and analysis, trial preparation, and witness interviews.

Lisa Novak, Paralegal

Lisa is involved in the process from initial client consultation to follow-up with clients post-settlement or verdict. Her responsibilities include case investigation, documentary disclosure, legal document preparation, trial preparation, and witness interviews.


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