Cerebral Palsy Information

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Cerebral Palsy Quality of Life

Resulting from a traumatic event that causes brain damage, cerebral palsy (CP) is a permanent disability that causes mild to severe impairments to cognition, speech, mobility, balance, perception and/or coordination. Approximately 9 in every 10 cerebral palsy patients is born with the condition and, in most cases, they are diagnosed by the age of 2 years old. Currently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 1 in every 278 newborns in the general U.S. population is living with cerebral palsy.

The quality of life for a cerebral palsy patient will depend on factors that may include:

  • The area in which the brain damage occurred
  • The severity of the brain damage
  • How early the condition is diagnosed and treatments begin
  • Whether patients pursue all prescribed treatments
  • Whether patients are diagnosed with other health problems, such as diabetes, blood clots or hypertension

How Does Cerebral Palsy Affect a Person's Quality of Life?

Cerebral palsy can significantly affect a patient's quality of life, particularly because it generally has emotional, mental and physical symptoms, including:

  • abnormally toned muscles (which an be under- or overly toned)
  • an inability to write, button shirts or perform other tasks that require precision with movement
  • drooling
  • difficulty speaking
  • difficulty walking
  • mental retardation or other intellectual impairments, such as dyslexia
  • paraplegia or quadriplegia
  • problems controlling their bowels
  • problems with balance and coordination
  • psychiatric conditions, such as ADHD, anxiety disorder and/or depression
  • self-esteem issues
  • seizures
  • spasticity and/or tremors
  • writhing, grimacing and/or other involuntary movements

Because cerebral palsy is incurable, treatments are aimed at minimizing the symptoms of the condition and helping patients live as independently as possible. Some treatments will likely reoccur throughout the rest of a patient's life, and they may include:

  • surgery
  • anti-epileptic drugs and muscle relaxants
  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • psychiatric care and medications
  • assistive devices and technologies, such as motorized wheelchairs and speech-recognition computer programs

Compensation May be Available for Resources

If your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it is only natural that you will want to provide him/her with the highest quality of life possible. We recognize that treatments and other resources that can help increase the quality of life for a person living with cerebral palsy can be expensive. To find out if you qualify to file a claim that will entitled you and your family to recover compensation that can help you access such resources, please call (800) 646-6570. Contact our cerebral palsy lawyers today.

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