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Cerebral palsy (CP) varies in severity. In some cases, it can be mild and only result in slight motor problems, with little to no cognitive deficits. In others, however, it can render a child immobile and lacking the ability to speak. The condition occurs when the brain does not develop normally, and the areas that are in charge of motor functions are improperly formed. Paying for the treatment of cerebral palsy can become extremely costly. In most cases, physical as well as cognitive therapy is needed, especially at the onset of the illness. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it's important to get them the care that they need.

Arkansas has many resources available for children with cerebral palsy. Special education units, programs for children, toddlers and infants with disabilities, and mental health agencies are all available for children with CP and their families. These institutions can help a child have a happy and fulfilling life.

CP is not a hereditary illness and is typically caused by a single trauma to the brain. Often, an infection in the mother or the presence of a toxin can cause her fetus to develop improperly. Other times, the condition is caused by medical malpractice before, during, or after the birth of the child. At this stage, the infant's brain is most susceptible to damage. Any slight deprivation of oxygen at this point can be detrimental and stunt its development. If the doctor waits too long to perform a C-Section or does not properly diagnose fetal distress, CP has a very high chance of developing in the child.

Many times, CP is not diagnosed until several years after the child is born. It often first manifests itself as delayed development, and parents do not decide to take their child to the doctor until he or she starts to show more serious symptoms. If physical and cognitive therapy is not started at an early age, then you child will have a more difficult time mastering bodily functions. During the first few years of life, the brain is able to absorb and retain more information than at any other time in life. So if the proper therapy is administered at this time, the relationship between the brain and the body can be partially repaired.

Many people who have CP can lead relatively normal lives and adjust to their disability if they were given the proper treatment as a child. However, if the illness is not caught in time, then the recovery process is significantly more complex.

CP can also be caused after birth during the first three years of life. This can be due to a wide variety of reasons, including physical brain injury, car accidents and abuse. Car accidents are a leading cause of trauma-related illnesses and small children are particularly susceptible. If your child has developed cerebral palsy as a result of a car accident, then you need to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. The costs of proper treatment of this disease can be expensive. A good CP lawyer will be able to get you the money that you deserve from the person at fault.

Your child may also have developed CP as a result of abuse in the form of a caregiver or babysitter. If you have reason to suspect this, then you should consult a Cerebral Palsy lawyer today. A lawyer will be able to go over the evidence and decide whether it can be proven that the caregiver is responsible for your child's condition. If it can be proven, then your lawyer will ensure that you receive compensation for your child's medical expenses.


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