Long-Term Care Associated With Cerebral Palsy
Although childbirth is a miraculous process, sometimes mistakes are made during delivery that can permanently affect the child. When a child sustains a brain injury shortly before, during, or after birth, it can cause a lifelong condition called cerebral palsy.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy refers to a group of disorders that affect an individual’s ability to move. Cerebral palsy can affect fine and gross motor function, balance, posture, and coordination, but its effects can vary greatly from person to person.
Long-Term Cerebral Palsy Care
Different types of therapy can help patients with cerebral palsy. Most commonly, patients will undergo physical therapy, which can last a lifetime. Physical therapy utilized while a child with cerebral palsy is still developing can help lessen the impact of impairment. Patients with cerebral palsy will also undergo occupational therapy to help them develop daily living and working skills. Depending on the severity of the condition, patients might also undergo language therapy, drug therapy, and behavioral therapy.
Depending on the type and severity, some cerebral palsy patients will need to undergo various surgeries. Surgery on the lower extremities is more common than the upper extremities, but each patient’s circumstances are unique.
Specialized equipment might be required throughout the lifetime of a cerebral palsy patient. Most equipment will not grow with the patient over time, meaning it must be replaced over time to accommodate a child’s growth.
Special education plans can also be an integral part of long-term cerebral palsy care. Some patients might suffer from developmental disabilities, and specialized education can help them learn and flourish. For children without developmental disabilities, special education can help prepare them for the challenges they might face and support them in their learning.
Cerebral Palsy Lawyers For Philadelphia Families
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy caused by a birth injury, obtaining compensation from the negligent parties can insure your child will always be able to afford the treatment they need. The experienced trial attorneys at Lopez McHugh LLP have been helping Philadelphia families with birth injuries for more than 50 years. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.