On average, the life expectancy for people living in the United States is 78.6 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a parent, every decision you make is designed to help your child live a happy and long life. But if he is diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, does that mean he cannot expect to live as long people without the condition?
Cerebral Palsy Can Impact Life Expectancy
Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders. The life expectancy of people with relatively mild cerebral palsy may not be impacted. However, people with more severe cerebral palsy may have shorter lifespans because of:
- Mobility issues. People who cannot move independently may have a variety of health problems that lead to a shorter life expectancy.
- Weakened immune systems. Some people with cerebral palsy have weakened immune systems that make them more susceptible to infections and viruses.
- Respiratory problems. A variety of respiratory issues can develop and cause life-threatening situations for people with cerebral palsy.
- Swallowing difficulties. Swallowing problems can lead not only to choking but also to under-nourishment.
While there is no cure for cerebral palsy, the right medical care and rehabilitation therapies may help your child live a longer—and more fulfilling—life.
Get Your Child the Right Cerebral Palsy Care
Cerebral palsy treatment can improve your child’s quality of life now and potentially extend his life expectancy. Accordingly, it is important to talk to your child’s doctor about all possible treatments, including:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech and language therapy
- Respiratory therapy
Your doctor will recommend which treatments will benefit your child.
How Our Legal Team Can Help
If your child has cerebral palsy because of medical negligence, it is essential to contact a Kentucky cerebral palsy lawyer as soon as possible. Your child may have the right to compensation from the negligent party that would cover all of his past and future medical treatments and other losses.
If you secure a settlement or court recovery, you won’t have to worry about how to pay for the medical treatments your child needs. Call us or start a live chat with us now to learn more.