Cerebral palsy is a category of movement disorders. It is a non-progressive
disorder, which means that it doesn’t grow worse over time. Unfortunately,
it’s also currently incurable. Children with cerebral palsy have
varying degrees and types of impairment, but parents can generally expect
that they will require a lifetime of care. After the diagnosis, you may
have lots of questions about what cerebral palsy means for your family. A
cerebral palsy lawyer can guide you through this difficult transition.
What can cause cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy is the result of damage to the developing brain. This damage
may be inflicted by injuries, diseases, or developmental disorders. It
may occur during pregnancy or at or around the child’s birth. In
some cases, cerebral palsy is the result of medical negligence. For instance,
a healthcare provider may fail to detect and treat fetal distress during
labor. Fetal distress may indicate a need for an emergency C-section to
restore oxygen to the child’s brain and prevent brain damage.
How will cerebral palsy affect my child?
Cerebral palsy affects each child differently, although all forms of cerebral
palsy affect a person’s movement, muscle tone, or posture. Some
children have involuntary movements, rigidity, abnormal reflexes, problems
swallowing, or eye muscle imbalance. A child with cerebral palsy may have
any of the following problems:
- Developmental delays
- Difficulty walking
- Speech delays
- Intellectual disabilities
- Psychiatric conditions
- Vision or hearing impairments
- Abnormal pain perceptions
- Swallowing issues
- Urinary incontinence
Are there any treatments available?
Although cerebral palsy is incurable,
treatments are available to help children achieve greater functional abilities and better quality of life. A child’s
treatment plan depends on his or her needs. Medications, physical therapy,
and orthopedic surgery can improve problems associated with movement.
Speech therapy can help children overcome communication barriers. Parents
may be referred to a life care planner to get a good idea of the care
their children will need for a lifetime.
The medical negligence law firm of
Pegalis & Erickson, LLC puts its considerable resources to work on behalf of the families we represent.
It’s our mission to help families affected by medical malpractice
get the compensation they need to take care of their children. You can
call (516) 858-2194 to request a confidential consultation with a cerebral
palsy lawyer on Long Island, New York.