Some children with cerebral palsy can lead happy and fulfilling lives, while others require intensive, long-term care. It all depends on the nature and severity of the injury that caused the condition.
Most cases of cerebral palsy occur when the child experiences oxygen deprivation, either partial or total, during the birthing process. Many are preventable.
Below, our Philadelphia birth injury attorneys discuss the prognosis for a child with cerebral palsy.
What Are the Signs of Cerebral Palsy?
There are certain warning signs of cerebral palsy that parents should know. These warning signs include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Poor sucking, swallowing, or ability to control secretions
- Lack of alertness
- Decreased or floppy muscle tone
- Stiffness and contractures at the joints
- Trembling or shaking arms
- Favoring one side of the body
- Seizure disorders
How to Treat Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is permanent. Most children with cerebral palsy will experience debilitating symptoms for their entire life. There are, however, several treatment options available for children with cerebral palsy that can improve their symptoms. These treatments include:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
What Will a Child with Cerebral Palsy Experience in Life?
While some children with cerebral palsy can lead lives that are similar to their peers, many children require specialized schooling and treatment. Depending on the quality of the services these children receive, this may or may not lead to emotional suffering and social isolation. Unfortunately, even with the most dedicated teachers, therapists, and counselors, most therapies and activities provided by the schools simply can’t provide the level of care and attention that children with cerebral palsy have. More is needed.
As such, it is important for parents whose children acquired cerebral palsy from a birth injury to have experienced legal representation that can help them recover maximum possible compensation. Only with the compensation that may be recovered through a lawsuit will parents be able to get their children the high-quality medical care they need and deserve.
At The Beasley Firm, LLC, our team has a track record of success in securing significant birth injury and medical malpractice results for our clients, including several record-breaking settlements.
Contact The Beasley Firm, LLC at (215) 866-2424 to schedule a free consultation.