Cerebral Palsy Complications - Compensation Claim Settlements - Canada Law

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Prior to the 1950s, most infants did not survive with cerebral palsy to adulthood, so we didn’t see the complications of cerebral palsy that we see today. What it means is that cerebral palsy patients need to be monitored throughout their lives for symptoms or problems that can come up later in life or along with the symptoms of cerebral palsy.

A cerebral palsy lawyer is a specialist personal injury advocate with expertise in medical malpractice compensation claims for cerebral palsy victims and their families. Most cases of cerebral palsy are not as a result of errors caused by healthcare professionals and it is a cerebral palsy lawyer’s job to distinguish between those cases that occur naturally and the 10% of cases that are the result of clinical negligence. Our cerebral palsy lawyers offer a wealth of experience and give free advice with no further obligation on liability and the potential value of a claim. Payment for services is based on a contingency fee basis which means that we get paid when you get paid. If the case is lost there is nothing whatsoever to pay. There are time limits in all personal injury compensation claims and failure to take legal action within the limitation period can mean that the opportunity to claim compensation is lost forever. If you have the slightest suspicion that your child’s condition has been caused by medical malpractice you should take legal advice from a cerebral palsy compensation claim lawyer as soon as your child’s diagnosis is confirmed by a doctor.

A third of all patients with cerebral palsy have some mild forms of intellectual impairment and another third have more severe intellectual impairment. Fortunately, a third of patients with cerebral palsy are of normal intelligence. It is not always easy to tell in a baby what the intellectual impairment might be so that this needs to be continually assessed through young and middle child years. The school may need to make some adjustments to the child’s educational program to help them learn in the best way.

Mental impairment is most commonly seen with children who have spastic quadriplegia. It is a severe brain injury that affects not only all four extremities but the intellectual centers of the brain itself.

Seizures are also common complications of cerebral palsy. The seizures can be grand mal, tonic clonic seizures, partial seizures involving part of the body or absence (petit mal) seizures, in which the child spaces out for a few seconds on a repetitive basis and loses their memory of that time. Seizures are more common in those forms of cerebral palsy that are most severe. This includes spastic quadriplegic types of cerebral palsy or mixed cerebral palsy. Simple partial seizures include those that cause muscle twitches, numbness or tingling of the body, chewing motions, or other body movements. Complex partial seizures include hallucinations, random movements, confusion and an impaired of loss of consciousness.

There is a condition of cerebral palsy patients known as post impairment syndrome. This affects adults with the disorder and is a result of the stressors placed upon the body by having cerebral palsy. Such patients are very tired because it takes up to five times the energy to walk as it does normal people, weakness of the muscles that often get overused, joint and muscle pain, which can be severe, arthritis to the joints affected by spasticity and those used for walking, and repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. It takes a good physical therapist to devise walking devices and upper extremity devices that maximize movement while minimizing the stress on the joints and on the muscles.

People with cerebral palsy have premature ageing of the organ systems, including the arteries, veins and heart. This usually occurs before the age of 40 and is because there is a lot of strain on the body with cerebral palsy, especially of the spastic type. Other organ systems are often underdeveloped so that the kidneys, liver and cardiovascular system must work harder on fewer resources than other people. Smoking, drinking alcohol and eating a high fat diet need to be avoided so as to keep the organ systems as healthy as possible. Even so, things like liver failure, kidney failure and heart failure or heart attacks are more common in cerebral palsy patients.

Those with cerebral palsy are at a greater risk of getting depression. Some of this is situational and related to the troubles in life that they must go through. Stress and anxiety can lead to depression and can result in a cerebral palsy patient needing psychotherapy and/or medication to control depression. Cognitive behavioral therapy is the most common type of therapy used to control feelings of sadness and anxiety. Families can undergo therapy to learn to cope with all the aspects of dealing with a child who has cerebral palsy.

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