Maryland (MD) Cerebral Palsy, Birth Injury, & Medical Malpractice Information and Attorneys:
Are you aware that about 1500 preschoolers are diagnosed with cerebral calsy every year? Do you know what cerebral palsy is? Do you know what causes this medical condition? Do you know what treatments are available for cerebral palsy? Are you aware of your rights as a parent or guardian of a child with cerebral palsy? If you said no to any of these questions, then keep reading.
Cerebral means brain and Palsy means movement disorder. Therefore, Cerebral Palsy is a medical condition in which neurological functioning is impaired, which in turn affects the control of muscle movements. The diagnosis for this condition is not usually made until the child is a few months or a few years old, but is usually detected and diagnosed by the time the child reaches the age of 3.
The lack of muscle movement control can be in one of several different forms. Ataxia, or a lack of muscle coordination during voluntary movements is one way that Cerebral Palsy can affect the muscle movement. Another is spasicity, which is when the muscles are stiff or tight and the reflexes are exaggerated. Cerebral palsy can also affect walking in a negative way. Some patients with cerebral Palsy drag one foot or leg. Some walk on their toes. Others have a crouched or scissored gait.
The treatment for this medical condition varies depending on the severity of the problems associated with it. Some Cerebral Palsy patients may require physical therapy. Occupational therapy may also be needed. Some children with Cerebral Palsy may benefit from speech therapy. In order to release tight muscles or take care of anatomical abnormalities some children with Cerebral Palsy may undergo surgery. A wheelchair or rolling walker may be beneficial to Cerebral Palsy patients who have trouble walking. Another treatment option may be braces or some other form of an orthotic device. Some children have trouble speaking due to the medical condition, in this case a communication aid, such as a voice synthesizer might be used as part of the treatment program.
While there are several different treatment options and treatment plans for children who have cerebral palsy, there is no cure. The treatments for the medical condition may be a life long process.
The cause of cerebral palsy varies. Some children have cerebral palsy due to having had shaken baby syndrome. Shaken baby syndrome is caused by someone shaking a baby and results in brain damage. Another culprit of cerebral palsy is birth complications. When the mother and baby are not monitored closely enough there can be complications during birth that result in brain trauma and can then lead to Cerebral Palsy.
There are other symptoms that can accompany the motor problems associated with cerebral palsy. The child may have trouble taking in sensory information. Thinking processes may be impaired. Communication may also be inhibited. Problems with perception may occur. Behavior problems may be a symptom. A seizure disorder may also accompany the muscle movement problems.
Parents and caregivers of children who show signs of cerebral palsy should have them checked out by a physician immediately. A physician can determine if the child has cerebral palsy as well as decide on a treatment plan if a diagnosis of cerebral palsy is made.
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy you should know your rights. If shaken baby syndrome led to your child’s cerebral palsy then you can hold the person who abused your child responsible. If your child had complications during birth that should have been caught by the delivering doctor or nurse then they can be held responsible. You may be asking, “What good is it to hold someone responsible?” While holding someone responsible is not going to make everything all better, it will help you financially. The person who caused your child to have cerebral palsy should have to help you pay for the medical bills. The medical bills are going to be over a lifetime and they will add up.
If you live in Maryland, then you should seek the advice of a Maryland cerebral palsy lawyer/attorney. A Maryland cerebral palsy lawyer/attorney will know the precise laws concerning cerebral palsy in Maryland. A Maryland cerebral palsy lawyer/attorney can lead you down the path to compensation for your child’s cerebral palsy.
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