Cerebral Palsy (CP) occurs when there is damage to a baby’s developing brain. This can occur before, during, or even after childbirth. Cerebral Palsy may severely affect a baby’s physical and cognitive ability, emotional development, communication skills, and behavior. Cerebral Palsy may cause severe muscle spasms, seizures, epilepsy, speech disorders, eating problems, sensory impairments, learning disabilities, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and behavioral disorders.
Causes of cerebral palsey
Typical causes of Cerebral Palsey include:
Treatment of cerebral palsey
Cerebral Palsy is a progressive disorder. Although the brain damage does not worsen after the initial traumatic event, the symptoms can become more severe over time. A child with Cerebral Palsy may improve somewhat but only if he or she receives extensive care.
Treatment may include one or more of the following: physical therapy; occupational therapy; speech therapy; water therapy; drugs to control seizures, alleviate pain or relax muscle spasms; surgery to correct anatomical abnormalities or release tight muscles; braces and other orthotic devices; rolling walkers; and communication aids such as computers with attached voice synthesizers.
Costs associated with treatment of cerebral palsy may be exorbitant.
Cerebral Palsy is chronic and requires life-long treatment. Families of a child with CP can incur significant expenses related to ongoing medical care, special education services, developmental assistance and assisted living. Indirect costs such as lost wages from the inability to work and occupational limitations also must be factored in. These overall costs can climb into the millions of dollars.
If your child suffers from Cerebral Palsy as a result of a preventable mistake made by the medical team during labor and delivery, your child deserves to be fairly compensated. Our Atlanta Cerebral Palsy lawyers will fight hard to ensure that your child receives this compensation. Contact us today for your free case evaluation.