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Cerebral Palsy Complications - Medical Malpractice Compensation Claim Lawyer

LAWYER HELPLINE: ☎ 855 804 7145

Children with cerebral palsy often have a long road of therapy and hard work ahead of them so they can reach their maximum abilities. Unfortunately, there are a number of complications of cerebral palsy that can happen to them along the way. Some of these include emotional complications, while others are physical complications. The weakness, spasticity and difficulties in coordination are lifelong so, as these individuals age, they can suffer from conditions unassociated with childhood cerebral palsy. Parents of children with cerebral palsy need to be aware of these complications nevertheless so they can prepare their children for things that might come their way as they live with the disease. Complications may include the following:-

    Contractures

    Contractures are common complications of spastic cerebral palsy but they can be prevented through careful physical therapy and attention to the muscles. A contracture involves a physical shortening of the muscle or tendon so that the hand, arm, feet or leg is stuck in a position that is difficult to overcome. Contractures interfere with the ability to grasp things, walk, change postures or move extremities to do any one of a number of tasks. Contractures are worse if the muscles aren't put through their range of motion despite the spasticity. Antispasmodics can lessen the risk of contractures.

    Bone Integrity

    Contractures can inhibit the growth of bone and can actually cause certain bones to bend because of pressure on one side more than another. The joints affected by the contracture can become disfigured and joints can dislocate or partially dislocate.

    Malnourishment

    Children with cerebral palsy can easily become malnourished. This is because they are often poor feeders, with difficulty swallowing a big problem. Some children need to be fed through a tube that goes directly into their stomach so that they can get the kind of nutrition they really need. Infants are at the highest risk of malnutrition with cerebral palsy.

    Depression

    Depression is not uncommon in cerebral palsy. There are a lot of challenges to overcome and social isolation is common. Children and adults with cerebral palsy don't feel like they belong anywhere and often have few friends. It takes an outgoing person with cerebral palsy to overcome those feelings of depression and aloneness in order to have a better life. Therapy can help cerebral palsy patients cope with their disease and fight the depressive symptoms.

    Diseases

    Patients with cerebral palsy have a higher risk of developing diseases of older age while they're in their middle ages. Cerebral palsy puts a great deal of stress on the physical body of an individual so that they have heart problems, problems with their lungs and problems with other organ symptoms. Despite the fact that they are not all that physically active, they can develop coronary artery disease, emphysema and other conditions usually associated with older age.

    Post Impairment Syndrome

    There is a syndrome that cerebral palsy patients can get called post-impairment syndrome. It causes physical pain, tiredness and weakness that are caused by all the stress put upon the body by having cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy patients must perform different body movements in order to compensate for their disease and they use a lot of energy in order to function in day to day activities. This tires them out and they feel exhausted and weak all over.

    Osteoarthritis

    People with cerebral palsy have an abnormal amount of pressure put on certain joints in the course of abnormal movements and spasticity. This can cause osteoarthritis of the joints that can occur early in life. The joint disease is degenerative and difficult to treat except for the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, heat therapy and physical therapy.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Most cases of cerebral palsy occur naturally as a birth injury and do not involve medical malpractice however a small percentage of these cases are most definitely caused by negligence on the part of healthcare professionals. If you have any reason whatsoever to suspect that your child's condition has been caused by a clinical error amounting to medical malpractice on the part of any healthcare professional, be it a doctor, midwife, nurse or technician please contact us without delay. There are time limits on claims against medical staff, hospitals and clinics and delay can preclude an award of compensation. Our medical malpractice lawyers offer a free consultation without obligation to establish whether or not you have a viable case to claim compensation for your child's injuries. Please contact us without delay by completion of the contact form or you can email our offices and a specialist medical malpractice lawyer will call you.

LAWYER HELPLINE: ☎ 855 804 7145