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What is Cerebral Palsy?
According the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), cerebral palsy relates to a number of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and can permanently affect body movement, muscle coordination, and balance. Cerebral Palsy affects the part of the brain that controls muscle movements.
Most commonly, children with cerebral palsy are born with it. However, detecting the condition can happen months or years after the child’s birth.
Cerebral palsy is a term that covers a range of non-progressive brain damage. The impact of the brain damage can vary in severity, ranging from cases causing minimal physical impairment, to extremely serious cases resulting in significant disabilities.
Cerebral palsy in children is, fortunately, rare. The condition being caused by medical negligence is also rare, but does happen. Generally, the focus of legal investigations into the causes of cerebral palsy focus strongly on the care provided immediately before and after birth. If you suspect that a medical professional has been negligent, leading to cerebral palsy, you should speak to a specialist cerebral palsy solicitor as soon as possible.
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Early Signs of Cerebral Palsy
Signs of cerebral palsy most commonly appear before a child reaches 3 years of age. Some early symptoms of cerebral palsy are:
– a lack of muscle coordination when performing voluntary movements (ataxia);
– walking with one foot or leg dragging;
– walking on the toes;
– stiff or tight muscles and exaggerated reflexes; and
– muscle tone that is either too stiff or too floppy.
Other symptoms that commonly occur when a child is suffering from cerebral palsy include hearing loss and impaired vision seizures, bladder and bowel control issues, and pain and abnormal sensations.
Were Doctors Responsible For My Child’s Cerebral Palsy?
It is often the case that an expert will decide if your doctor is responsible for your child’s cerebral palsy. Most cerebral palsy compensation claims involve the expert opinion of an independent doctor.
Generally, such experts are medical professionals. However, if you believe you have been let down by a medical professional and expert cerebral palsy solicitor should be able to provide you with some guidance. They will also obtain the independent opinion of a medical expert who is not related to your case.
Unfortunately it is too common that the mistakes of a medical professional contribute heavily to a child developing cerebral palsy. Medical negligence experts often deal with complaints in relation to the following types of mistakes:
- Failure to monitor the child’s oxygen levels;
- Failure to diagnose infection to either the baby or mother during pregnancy
- Neglect in handling a premature labour
- Neglect in handling a traumatic labour
- Failing to treat abnormal development of the baby’s brain
How Much Compensation Will I Get From a Cerebral Palsy Compensation Claim?
The amount of compensation that may be paid to you from cerebral palsy compensation claims depends on the severity of the condition. However, it is not unusual for victims of cerebral palsy negligence to receive millions of pounds in compensation.
The large sums that are paid in compensation for cerebral palsy claims reflects what a serious and debilitating condition cerebral palsy can be. Caring for a child with cerebral palsy is often extremely challenging. The cost of care can have financial impact, but it can also effect your physical and emotional health.
Compensation payments that are made following a claim for cerebral palsy negligence are generally paid to compensate the victim for:
- Loss of Earnings
- Therapy and Treatment Costs
- Care Support
- Educational Needs
- Specialist Equipment Speech and Language Therapy
- Accomodation that is suitable
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Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Some children suffer from cerebral palsy as the result of brain damage in the early months or years of life. Cerebral Palsy can result from brain infections such as bacterial meningitis or viral encephaliti. However, cerebral palsy can also be caused by a serious head injury.
Cerebral palsy may also occur if a child has been deprived of oxygen, pulled out forcefully, had an instrument-related injury (such as a forceps injury), or has endured a labor that lasted longer than 18 hours (especially if the child is one baby of multiple births). These birth negligence injuries can be enough to cause brain damage which then develops into cerebral palsy.
The disorder isn’t progressive, meaning that the brain damage typically doesn’t get worse over time. Cerebral Palsy is not hereditary.
What Tests Can be Carried out to Detect Cerebral Palsy?
If you think that your child may be showing signs of cerebral Palsy there are various tests that can be carried out that can confirm cerebral palsy.
Cerebral Palsy tests include:
- Blood Tests
- A Cranial Ultrasound
- An MRI; or
- A CT scan, which is an in-depth, 3D scan of the baby’s brain.
Cognitive assessments and medical observations are also used to help confirm cerebral palsy. Medical professionals should also monitor the child’s mobility, speech and language, hearing, vision, and feeding and digestion to detect cerebral palsy.
However, the majority of experts are clear that cerebral palsy diagnosis takes time, sometimes up to several years after a brain injury takes place. There isn’t a single test that can completely confirm or completely exclude cerebral palsy.
Can Cerebral Palsy Compensation Claims Be Prevented?
Leading medical professionals agree that some important causes of cerebral palsy can often be prevented, including: low birth weight, premature birth, infections, and head injuries. Some common preventative measures include:
- Seeking and receiving appropriate prenatal care as early as possible is vitally important. Many women schedule a pre-pregnancy visit so they can be prepared for a healthy pregnancy. Expert care should be made available from physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse-midwives. If it is not, the medical professionals are letting you down.
- Being provided with prenatal care which includes testing for Rh factor. Rh incompatibility is easily treated but can cause brain damage and other problems if untreated.
- Regular vaccinations can prevent serious infections that can lead to cerebral palsy.
- Rubella during pregnancy is a cause of cerebral palsy. This can be tested for before a woman becomes pregnant and she can be immunized. This protects the woman and her unborn child from contracting this devastating illness.
What is the best treatment for cerebral palsy?
Sadly, cerebral palsy cannot be completely cured. The aim of treatment is to help the individual to reach the greatest potential and to provide an improved quality of life. Cerebral Palsy treatment is often most effective when a variety of different approaches are provided and managed by a team of medical professionals.
The most common types of treatment for cerebral palsy include:
- Occupational therapy: occupational therapy should assist sufferers of cerebral palsy with the physical skills needed to function and become as independent as possible. This may include helping with feeding and grooming, to assist with independent living.
- Rehabilitation: A comprehensive rehabilitation journey which often includes use of special equipment and physical therapy. Such treatment should be overseen by a specialist in rehabilitation.The aim of physical therapy is to develop muscle strength, flexibility, and control in order to increase function and reduce disablement.
- Special equipment: helps CP sufferers practically on a day to day basis. Such specialist equipment includes walkers, customized wheelchairs, positioning devices and scooters.
- Speech/language therapy: This helps children suffering from cerebral palsy to overcome communication problems. Often, children with cerebral palsy speech problems because of poor tone or uncontrolled movements in the muscles of the mouth and tongue. Speech therapy helps develop the muscles used in speech. This type of therapy may also benefit children suffering from hearing loss.
- Feeding and digestive treatment: Children with cerebral palsy can suffer from digestive problems such as acid reflux. They may also have swallowing and feeding problems. A specialist and multi-disciplined medical team should work together to improve the child’s diet. This should help to accommodate the digestive problems that the child is suffering from, such as difficulty swallowing.
- Educational services: Some children with cerebral palsy find cognitive processes such as thinking, learning, and memory challenging. In such circumstances, the child will often benefit from the services of a specialist in learning disabilities. Educational specialists in learning disabilities can identify specific learning issues, and can direct early interventions and preparation for school, and monitor progress.
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