No parent ever wants their child to have something as bad as cerebral palsy. It is such a difficult affliction that has slowly raised awareness. There is only a handful of things a person can do when told that the child will have the illness. What could possibly make it worse is when the child was not supposed to have it.
Cerebral palsy is categorised into five classes:
1. Spastic Diplegia – Only leads to muscle stiffness
2. Spastic Hemiplegia – Leads to muscle stiffness or inordinate muscle activity on one side of the body. It can even result to uneven spine curvature, epilepsy and speech complications.
3. Spastic Quadriplegia – This is the most severe form of cerebral palsy. It leaves a child unable to walk, support his or her neck and with learning struggles.
4. Ataxic Cerebral Palsy – Affects a child’s depth perception and balance, leading to clumsiness and diminished motor function.
5. Athetoid (Dyskinetic) Cerebral Palsy – Upsets muscle tone through under or over development of muscle structure. This is known to impinge eating and speech.
Cerebral Palsy by Medical Negligence?
Most cases of cerebral palsy by medical negligence stems from failure to follow proper procedures. There are evident signs of malpractice that could lead to cerebral palsy. The foremost two are delay in delivering the baby that leads to oxygen deprivation and failure to diagnose the infection. According to the site secure-law.co.uk, “In some cases the injury may be the result of negligent management of the care provided during labour, resulting in oxygen deprivation to the foetus and consequent injury to the brain. The injuries of cerebral palsy can have devastating and life-long consequences.”
The improved state of maternal care in England reduces the risk of CP. It is quite rare for a baby to suffer palsy, though it is still possible for medical professionals to commit mistakes. To parents who have children damaged by ignorant individuals, do not be afraid to take the case to the magistrate.
How Will Compensation Help?
The sad truth is cerebral palsy, either one of them, will scar a child forever. Compensation will help in the care aspects, especially in the costs of living with someone with CP. They have special needs, which will cost more. For parents, the best thing for their CP-inflicted children is to make their lives as comfortable as possible.
There are charities dedicated to helping CP kids that can help a parent deal with such a devastating disorder. Seeking assistance is not a sign of weakness, but a mark of acceptance of the truth.