Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that results from brain abnormalities, often caused by brain tissue death before, during, or after birth. One of the major focuses cerebral palsy research and treatment is to undo some of this tissue death and promote the regrowth of brain cells. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which consists of placing a child in a high-pressure, oxygen-rich chamber, is now being used to encourage this regeneration of brain cells. However, further research is needed to determine the validity of these claims.

If your child has developed cerebral palsy because of a doctor’s mistakes, we may be able to help you through the process of filing a claim and seeking compensation to cover your child’s disability costs. For more information about how we can assist your family during this difficult time, contact a Chicago cerebral palsy lawyer of the Driscoll Firm, today at (800) 305-9800.

How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?

Hyperbaric oxygen chambers have increased air pressure as well as a higher oxygen content than normal air. These conditions may have some of the following benefits for a child suffering from cerebral palsy:

  • Reduced tissue swelling
  • Improved motor function
  • Possible regrowth of brain tissue

Unfortunately, it is still unclear if hyperbaric oxygen therapy is truly responsible for these benefits. Although some doctors continue to prescribe this treatment for children with cerebral palsy, parents should carefully consider the potential advantages and disadvantages of this therapy before choosing this route for their children.

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Cerebral palsy can be a difficult as well as expensive to treat and manage. However, the physician responsible for your child’s medical condition may be obligated to cover these costs. For a free consultation with an experienced attorney regarding your family’s legal options, contact a dedicated Chicago cerebral palsy lawyer of the Driscoll Firm, by calling (800) 305-9800 today.

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