Recognizing Cerebral Palsy
The condition known as cerebral palsy (CP) is considered a birth defect, developing during pregnancy, childbirth, or before the child’s third year. CP creates a large amount of strain on an individual’s muscles and can be a serious burden to manage. Despite the fact that there is no cure for CP, the parents of afflicted individuals can still help their child by recognizing the condition early and starting treatment or therapy. The earlier treatment and rehabilitation is started, the more likely a child is to have an improved quality of life.
Although cerebral palsy is not always the result of a medical professional’s negligence, it can be. If this is the case for your child, you may be able to hold them liable to compensate you for your expensive medical bills and other costs. Call us today to speak with a Birmingham birth defect lawyer of Yearout & Traylor, P.C., at 205-414-8160.
Benefits of Early Identification
While some types of CP are more manageable than others, any muscular defect will create a difficult burden for the individual. Some classifications that cause extreme muscle dysfunction may require medication in order to preserve some freedom of movement. Yet, there are also some treatments, like stretching and physical therapy, which may be effective in restoring some amount of muscle functionality to the individual. A few advantages of starting this treatment early are:
- Reducing the stress of strained muscles as the child grows
- Possibly allowing the child to develop more flexibility and motor control
- Instilling the practice of stretching and physical therapy
- Helping prevent secondary complications, such as joint displacement and arthritis
Managing CP can be very difficult and stressful, but recognizing it early gives the individual a chance to enjoy greater freedom of movement and control.
If someone else’s carelessness caused your child to develop cerebral palsy, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call our Birmingham medical malpractice attorneys of Yearout & Traylor, P.C., today at 205-414-8160.