Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder which affects co-ordination and movement. The problem stems from an abnormality in the area of the brain which controls the muscles resulting in muscle stiffness, weakness, uncontrollable body movements and balance problems. Those diagnosed with the condition may also experience floppy or droopy limbs and co-ordination problems. Some people are affected more adversely with problems swallowing, drooling and seizures. Other sufferers will only experience minor symptoms. Although the condition is not progressive and does not worsen over time, living with the illness can be frustrating, particularly without support or treatment to ease symptoms. A doctor may refer you to a neurologist for tests including an MRI scan and an EEG.
In children, psychological tests may be necessary to rule out developmental problems. The treatment usually consists of occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech therapy if there are problems in this area. In addition, there are medications which can ease muscle stiffness. A failure to diagnose cerebral palsy can result in a patient living with severe symptoms without support and treatment.
Progression and other effects of cerebral palsy
The illness is not progressive and symptoms usually remain consistent. However, with early diagnosis and treatment, the symptoms can be eased and patients can usually lead an independent life with the correct therapy and support from medical professionals. Not being aware of the condition can lead to depression and anxiety, and children with the illness who have not been diagnosed may suffer developmental difficulties and difficulty socialising. The failure to diagnose cerebral palsy may be a result of medical negligence and, where there is evidence of this, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a compensation claim.
Calling for no-obligation advice
Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a claim for a cash payout where there is evidence that medical negligence has taken place. If you or your child has been left without diagnosis of cerebral palsy, they may suffer discomfort and lifestyle difficulties. The compensation can help with the cost of suffering as well as any loss in wages incurred or any unforeseen costs of the illness. The helpline is free to call 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and our advisers can help give you an idea of the amount you may be able to claim for. There is no fee upfront so you won’t suffer any further financial difficulty by calling us.
Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown