Mild Cerebral Palsy
Mild cerebral palsy refers to a condition in which minor, irreversible brain damage causes slight impairments in speech, cognition, movement and/or coordination. While mild cerebral palsy in children may go unnoticed until children are 4 or 5 years old, mild cerebral palsy in adults may only be recognized with certain movements or slight speech impediments.
In most cases, individuals with mild cerebral palsy can live independently and will have longer life expectancies than those with more severe forms of this condition.
Regardless of the severity of the case, however, individuals who have developed cerebral palsy as a result of medical malpractice will be entitled to compensation by pursuing a cerebral palsy lawsuit.
Mild Cerebral Palsy Symptoms
Although some cases of mild cerebral palsy won't have any recognizable symptoms, when present, mild cerebral palsy signs can include:
- constantly flexed legs
- difficulties using one arm or hand for a particular task (For example, while mild cerebral palsy may make it hard for a patient to lift his arm, the same patient may be able to write without trouble.)
- excessive effort to stand on the flat of the foot
- general clumsiness and/or lack of coordination
- involuntary clenching of the fists
- toe-walking (walking on the tiptoes and putting little, if any, weight on the heels)
- trouble lifting heavier objects
Mild Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis
Should parents and healthcare professionals suspect the presence of the disease in children or adults, they will likely perform some combination of the following to make a proper cerebral palsy diagnosis:
- brain scans, such as CT scans, MRIs and cranial ultrasounds
- electroencephalograms (EEGs) to determine whether epilepsy is present
- lab tests, such as blood tests, to rule out other conditions that may have symptoms mimicking mild cerebral palsy signs
Once an official diagnosis has been given, patients will need to start a comprehensive course of treatment immediately for the best possible outcomes.
Mild Cerebral Palsy Treatment and Lawsuits
The precise set of treatments prescribed for a cerebral palsy patient will depend on the type and severity of his condition. However, in most cases, mild cerebral palsy treatment regimens will include:
- assistive technologies (including state-of-the-art computer programs, specialized telephones, etc.)
- occupational therapy to promote independent living
- palliative care (the use of devices, such as hearing aids and motorized wheelchairs, to improve patients' quality of life)
- physical therapy to improve movement and coordination
- speech therapy to improve communication skills
- surgery to correct muscular-skeletal abnormalities
- support groups to provide emotional support
- various medications
Because ongoing treatment costs can be expensive (particularly if life-long cerebral palsy treatments are necessary), it's vital that families seek out financial assistance from:
- government organizations
- non-profit groups
- cerebral palsy malpractice lawsuits, should medical mistakes have contributed to the patient's condition
To find out if they have a case and are entitled to a cerebral palsy settlement, affected families and patients should set up a free initial consultation with an experienced cerebral palsy lawyer.
Has your child been born with Cerebral Palsy? If so, contact a cerebral palsy lawyer today to find out if you have a case and are entitled to compensation for your child's permanent disabilities, suffering and medical bills.
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