Can Cerebral Palsy Worsen Over Time?
When you are caring for a child with cerebral palsy, it is natural to have concerns about the future health and safety of that child. A common worry is that a child’s condition will worsen over time, making life harder for the affected child and his or her family. However, cerebral palsy is a non-progressive health condition, meaning that it doesn’t necessarily worsen over time. There are some potential long-term concerns that may become more pronounced as the child ages, though.
If you’re worried about the costs of providing ongoing care and medical treatments for your child, we can help you understand the legal options available to you. For more information about your rights if your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by a medical professional’s negligence, contact the cerebral palsy lawyers of the Driscoll Firm today at (800) 900-7704.
Long-Term Concerns with Cerebral Palsy
Although cerebral palsy does not actually worsen with time, there can be several issues that may cause concerns as they can become more and more problematic as a child ages. These potential health issues include:
- Flexibility and motor control problems that may become more restrictive for a child’s lifestyle
- Problems with eyesight that may make school, driving, and other activities difficult
- Cognitive and learning disabilities that can make schooling difficult to handle
- Disability-related stress that can create significant emotional and behavioral problems
In some cases, these concerns may be lessened or avoided with early treatment. For other individuals, however, the affected child may need long-term care and medical treatment. In either case, treating these issues may be difficult for a family to handle due to the considerable expense associated with medical care.
If your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by the negligence of a doctor or other medical professional, you may be eligible to pursue financial compensation for the cost of your child’s medical care and other expenses. For a free consultation regarding the legal options available to your family, contact the cerebral palsy attorneys of the Driscoll Firm today by calling (800) 900-7704.