Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

Cerebral Palsy SymptomsWhat signs should I look out for as a parent?

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a term used to describe a group of disorders characterized by a lack of muscle control, movement and strength. Cerebral palsy is caused by injury to the developing brain often around the time of birth. It is not a disease. It is neither hereditary nor degenerative.

The term ‘cerebral palsy’ (cerebral, “of the brain” + palsy, “lack of muscle control”) encompasses a wide range of disability with varying degrees of severity. Over 40,000 Canadians have CP and their symptoms differ depending on the areas of injury to the brain. Each case of cerebral palsy is as unique as the individual, which is why some children receive a diagnosis right away while others may wait several years.

Parents should seek medical attention if they suspect their child’s development is delayed. Signs may appear in infancy or during the preschool years. Common symptoms of cerebral palsy in children include:


Feeding difficulty and drooling

Inability to roll over

Tight or floppy muscles

Crawling difficulty

Mobility difficulty

Speech difficulty

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Don Renaud

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 relieve pressure to settle if a more appropriate amount is obtainable through either jury trial or trial by judge alone.

Mark Berry

Mark Berry, Trial & Appellate Lawyer

Mark’s experience as a litigator includes time as both a criminal defense lawyer as well as a federal prosecutor. Mark’s practice is primarily focused on ICBC injury claims. He is dedicated to ensuring that you are properly compensated for any harm suffered.

Chris Lee

Chris Lee, Trial & Appellate Lawyer

Chris maintains a mixed practice of both ICBC and medical negligence files. He is committed to righting the wrongs suffered by innocent people, ensuring their dignity is respected and that they receive proper compensation. His diligence, analytical skills and empathy enable him to provide superior junior counsel work.

Maida Collins

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

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.

Melissa Chu

Melissa Chu, Paralegal

Melissa assists the firm with both ICBC claims and medical negligence files. Her duties include case investigation, documentary disclosure, legal document preparation and trial preparation. Melissa’s positive nature creates a safe and inclusive environment for everyone around her.

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