The Long-Term Impact of Cerebral Palsy
It’s never easy for an expecting parent—or new parent—to think that there may be something wrong with their child. Unfortunately, cerebral palsy is a condition that impacts roughly 500,000 Americans and is more common than we want to accept.
As such, it’s important for parents of those with cerebral palsy to understand what the long-term impact of the condition is, what treatment options may be available, and if legal action is a possibility.
How May a Child Be Affected?
Cerebral palsy is a brain condition that impacts how it communicates with the muscles. This means there are a number of potential impairments that can impact the child in their growth and developments moving forward.
Some of the problems caused by cerebral palsy may include:
- Mobile limitations and issues: Because the muscles are impacted, cerebral palsy can prevent how well an individual is able to walk. The sense of balance and coordination can be impacted greatly.
- Feeding issues: If the muscles in the face are affected by the cerebral palsy, it can make it difficult for the child to chew and swallow. Similarly, they may have other issues involving the use of their mouth such as talking or even closing it.
- Severe damages: In the most extreme cases of cerebral palsy, a child may pass away prematurely.
While there are no cures for cerebral palsy, there are ways to help make the injured party a bit more comfortable. Treatment options can include walkers, leg braces, and wheelchairs to improve mobility, and professionals who are focused on helping those with cerebral palsy have a solid education.
There are a number of costs involved, but the good news for parents is that if negligence was in play and caused cerebral palsy, there may be legal options available to hold the medical professional accountable.
At Beam Legal Team, our Chicago birth injury lawyers are committed to helping you move forward from this daunting experience. You deserve to have strong legal counsel on your side as you seek the compensation you need and deserve.
For a free consultation with our team, call us at (866) 766-3806.