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Long-Term Effects of Cerebral Palsy


If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy that was the result of a birth injury, you may be entitled to file a birth injury claim. Consulting with a lawyer should be your first step in protecting your child’s legal rights.

Depending on the severity of the condition, cerebral palsy can lead to seizure disorders, mental retardation and obesity if the child is unable to move freely.

If treatment is received early and the child’s condition is managed well, the child’s abilities can be improved. Many children with cerebral palsy will function at a near normal level in the future.

Some of the treatments that may help improve the long-term effects of cerebral palsy include:

  • speech/language therapy;
  • physical therapy;
  • occupational therapy;
  • surgical procedures (to release tight muscles);
  • orthotic devices;
  • rolling walkers/wheelchairs;
  • communication devices; and
  • medication (to control seizures, manage pain and alleviate muscle spasms).

The long-term effects can vary for a child who has suffered a birth injury like cerebral palsy. Some children will never be able to walk, while others may experience awkward movements.

The treatment for cerebral palsy can be very costly. If your child was injured at birth and is facing a lifetime of care and treatment, you may be able to receive compensation from a birth injury claim.

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