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New York Hemiplegia

Our New York Spinal Injury team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has found that one traumatic form of spinal injury is referred to as Hemiplegia. This injury is characterized by partial paralysis, with the paralysis only on one side of the body. When the injury is incomplete, the injury is often referred to as hemiparesis.

The condition can be caused by an illness, brain injury, stroke or spinal cord injury. This can occur as a result of an injury received during a car accident, surgical mistake (medical malpractice), defective product, motorcycle accident and other incidents. Our New York Hemiplegia Injury Attorney staff has found that the injury is a form of cerebral palsy that is a result from brain damage, specifically damage to the brain that controls muscle movement and function. This damage can occur as a result of a birth injury. In a child with Hemiplegia, the paralysis occurs on the opposite side of the damaged or otherwise affected brain.

Spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy symptoms have a wide range of difference in children. For example, some children may have difficulty with motor skills such as writing and other children have difficulty walking or keeping balance. Other symptoms include: muscle weakness on one side of the body, seizures, developmental delay, and low IQ. There is no cure for children suffering from hemiplegia. However, with the right therapy and medication, many children can show progress dealing with their symptoms.

Hemiplegia is an uncommon condition. In many elderly patients, hemiplegia is most commonly caused by a stroke. If you or your loved one are suffering from hemiplegia due to a physician’s error, contact our New York Hemiplegia Attorney group to discuss the possibility of filing a claim of medical malpractice against the negligent medical provider. Other patients suffer hemiplegia as a result of trauma, internal bleeding or infection within the brain or from cancer.

Patients may experience a range of symptoms from:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Sensory loss
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty with walking or with balance
  • Speech difficulty
  • Developmental delay
  • Abnormal mental development

Although symptoms may vary between individuals, the symptoms are not progressive (unless caused by a worsening condition like brain cancer). However, other complications can occur. Some complications include: joint and muscle stiffness, lost aerobic fitness, bed sores, blood clots and pressure ulcers.

If you or your child has hemiplegia a birth injury and you believe it may be the result of medical malpractice, don't hesitate to contact our New York Injury Attorney group. Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free consultation with one of our New York Spinal Injury Lawyers. Call us or contact us online or visit one of our office locations in throughout the New York City area or Long Island area. We have offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, Suffolk County, Nassau County and both Rockland County and Westchester County.