The effects of Cerebral Palsy

Happy child with cerebral palsy conditionCerebral Palsy is a brain injury that occurs either in the womb, during the birthing process, or soon after birth.

In some cases, the injury may be caused by medical negligence on the part of a medical practitioner. Depending on the severity of the injury, the child could require lifelong care. In this event, it would be wise to speak with a specialist cerebral palsy solicitor to talk through what happened and see if you could make a cerebral palsy compensation claim.

According to the charity Scope, 150 children in the UK are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy every month, and it affects everyone differently.

Due to the brain injury, people with Cerebral Palsy can have trouble with every part of their body, as the signals sent from the brain get muddled. This can result in learning difficulties, problems with speech and movement of the body. Some people may need a wheelchair to get around, or may need help such as crutches, as they have difficulty judging their steps and spaces.

The physical disabilities mean those living with Cerebral Palsy may get tired more quickly, as their muscles have to work harder. Whilst resting, pain and muscle spasms can keep people awake.

According to Scope, approximately a third of people with CP have learning difficulties. The condition can cause problems with processing sensory information such as sound or light, as well as causing difficulties with letters and numbers.
Sometimes, muscles in the throat can be affected which makes talking difficult. In some cases, some people will use some form of communication aid to help them communicate.

As people with CP get older, they are at risk of developing further conditions such as:

  • osteoarthritis (pain and stiffness in the joints)
  • increased levels of pain and discomfort
  • increase in contractures (shortening of muscles)
  • tight muscles
  • increase in spasms
  • new or increased back pain
  • digestion problems
  • incontinence

The reasons for these can be due to a lack of exercise, physical exhaustion, poor seating and posture to name a few.
It is not uncommon for a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy to occur in adulthood. These cases are generally mild, having not shown any symptoms as a child.

Whether you are diagnosed as a child or an adult, we offer free initial advice to discuss a claim for cerebral palsy compensation. Contact us now to start your Cerebral Palsy claim.

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