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A claim for compensation for Cerebral Palsy can help with costs for ongoing care as well as compensating for the fact the child will likely never be able to work.
The level of compensation received will depend upon the severity of the child’s disability.
There are many challenges facing a child with Cerebral Palsy and a new study has focussed on a test that evaluates the function of facial muscles and thus allows for an assessment of how the child’s oral and dental health may be affected by the condition. The assessment is known as the Nordic Orofacial Test-Screening (NOT-S).
People living with Cerebral Palsy often experience symptoms which can impact their overall health which a birth injury solicitor will take into account when submitting a claim for Cerebral Palsy compensation. Children, in particular, can experience significantly more dental and oral problems than those without a disability. Studies in this area show that up to 85% of children with Cerebral Palsy can experience eating problems, up to 40% can have difficulty in controlling saliva and up to 59% can suffer with speech problems.
While there have been improvements in dental care for people with disabilities, researchers found that correct planning of care was not sufficient due to a lack of knowledge in how different disabilities impact oral health.
The tests that have been developed include a physical examination of the facial muscles to see how their muscles react with certain states, such as at rest, breathing through the nose, facial expressions, speech and jaw function. The child is also asked a series of questions relating to things such as breathing, ability to chew and swallow, mouth dryness and oral habits.
The results of these tests were compared to the results of a control group of children without a disability and researchers have found that this test is an effective way to screen and assess orofacial dysfunction in children with Cerebral Palsy.
A control group of children without a disability received a total NOT-S score of 1.55 out of a possible 12. The group with Cerebral Palsy scored 3.71. A higher score relates to a higher level of dysfunction.
If you believe you need to employ the services of a Cerebral Palsy solicitor, please contact us immediately for a free initial consultation.