Cerebral Palsy Symptoms
Crawling is an important marker of a child’s development. It generally starts a child’s overall mobility process. Difficulty crawling, however, is a potential sign of cerebral palsy. When assessing their own child’s development, parents may be uncertain what to look for.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides parents with a list of behaviours that indicate an infant’s mobility is being affected. These behaviours include:
A child over the age of 2 months having difficulty controlling his or her head when picked up
A child over the age of 6 months reaching with only one hand whilst keeping the other in a fist
A child over the age of 10 months may crawl by pushing off with one hand and leg while dragging the opposite hand and leg
A child over the age of 12 months may not crawl at all
Any of these signs can lead to an eventual diagnosis of cerebral palsy. As these elements of crawling difficulty and movement limitations begin to manifest in very early childhood and within the first year of a child’s life, parents may worry about how these physical symptoms will affect their child over time. Most children with cerebral palsy are diagnosed by the time they reach the age of 3. By then, their parents already have an idea of how the life of a child with cerebral palsy will present unique challenges and will require specialized intervention and care.
Professionals Dedicated to You and Your Family
The professionals at Renaud Law Group are dedicated to helping CP families with the practical, everyday concerns they face. We know many CP families feel they are in a place of vulnerability, to the medical system and to the caregivers who provide necessary support to their children. For that reason, CP families are often reluctant to advocate strongly, out of a real concern that asking too many questions will result in a reduced level of care. This is not the case. CP families should be encouraged to ask questions. At Renaud Law Group, we are here to help you find answers.
Our dedicated team can help you.
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. Mark’s practice is primarily focused on ICBC injury claims. He is dedicated to ensuring that you are properly compensated for any harm suffered.
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.