In the United States, about 10,000 babies are born with cerebral palsy (or CP) per year. This disorder impacts the portion of the brain which controls motor function. As a result, children with cerebral palsy may struggle with various forms of movement as well as speaking. There is no known cure for the disorder. In spite of its prevalence, numerous myths pervade concerning cerebral palsy. Today, we’d like to dispel some of these misconceptions.
It Cannot Be Treated
Moments ago, we acknowledged that there is no known cure for cerebral palsy. While this is true, keep in mind that just because this disorder is uncurable does not mean that it is untreatable. In fact, we have more techniques and treatments at our disposal to treat cerebral palsy than ever before. In recent years, therapists have made great strides in developing therapeutic measures specifically catered to individuals with CP.
Because CP interferes with motor function, there remains the chance that it will impact the ability to speak of the afflicted. This is where speech-language therapists step in. Other forms of therapy that could be beneficial include physical and recreational therapy. Don’t despair; while your child’s cerebral therapy may never altogether go away, there are still numerous ways to manage it.
It Will Rob My Child of Their Future
Many parents whose children have cerebral palsy believe that it will seriously hinder their ability to live a long and fulfilling life. While it is true that individuals with CP may have shorter life expectancies, they still stand a good chance at fulfillment. Numerous individuals with cerebral palsy have gone on to pursue extraordinarily successful careers. Many have even become successful athletes. Colleges in the United States have a legal obligation to accommodate individuals with disabilities, and may even provide scholarships.
It Is Always Caused by Medical Malpractice
If you have recently learned that your child has cerebral palsy, you may feel tempted to attribute it to medical malpractice. Years ago, medical professionals believed that asphyxiation during birth was the leading cause of cerebral palsy. Doctors could prevent this form of birth injury by providing proper prenatal care, checking for signs of fetal distress, and intervening.
It is undeniably true that medical malpractice has the potential to cause cerebral palsy. But this turns out not to be as common as previously thought. For instance, a maternal infection during pregnancy could be another cause. It could also be caused by congenital disorders—for example, blood clotting and heart defects. Maternal substance abuse could also be a factor.
If you suspect that your child has cerebral palsy as a result of medical malpractice, seek out the expert legal advice of the Snyder Law Group. A lawsuit could help offset the financial costs of the therapy necessary for your child to live the most fulfilling life possible.
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