Cerebral palsy is a condition which manifests itself in different ways. This is a developmental disorder which has numerous facets, one of which is hemiplegia. Brain damage is one of the major causes of hemiplegia, a condition where one side of the body becomes affected depending on the location of the brain injury. Most times, only the arm and the hand are affected; however, it’s not uncommon for hemiplegia to extend all the way down to the leg.
Hemiplegia has been on the increase in the last 40 years. Before this, biplegia, a variation of the same condition was more common. Biplegia affects both sides of the body and is no different from hemiplegia save for the dual side aspect. Children and individuals with hemiplegia may find it hard to walk due to their tight heel tendons. This means that they may develop the ability to walk much later in life, necessitating constant physiotherapy and medical treatment.
One of the defining characteristics in hemiplegia is weakened and underdeveloped affected limbs. For instance, the arm which is affected by hemiplegia may appear shorter or weaker. This is due to a cerebral abnormality which may be hard to fix even if the individual goes for physical therapy. People with hemiplegic cerebral palsy may have higher incidences of epilepsy compared to other cerebral palsy sufferers. This puts them at a higher risk of not developing the required intelligence later in life.
Given the fact that hemiplegia affects the language and speech centers in the child’s brain, children with this condition may have problems formulating coherent speech as well as normal educational progress. The damage done by hemiplegia may dock off 20 points from a child’s IQ [source] which may present educational challenges.
Hemiplegia places strain on a child spine since it forces them to walk on one side more than the other. This will eventually lead to curvature of the spine. With dedicated therapy though, a hemiplegic child may be able to live a normal life.
Hemiplegic cerebral palsy may be attributed directly to medical malpractice or negligence of the obstetrician. If you have a child who’s been diagnosed with this debilitating condition and feel that it could or should have been prevented, you should seek the advice of a birth injury lawyer. Through a medical malpractice lawsuit, you and your family may be able to recover the cost of therapy as well as other intangible damages. Rasansky Law firm deals with cases of hemiplegic cerebral palsy and we would like to speak with you about your case.