Coping with a Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy

Hearing the words “your child has cerebral palsy” can be difficult and many parents find it hard to deal with the questions, confusion and emotions that follow a diagnosis.

You may be left feeling confused about what to do or how to feel, and while we understand that every family will handle a cerebral palsy diagnosis differently, here is a general guide to coping with the journey.

Acceptance

After the distress and finality of a diagnosis kicks in, you will learn to accept that your hopes for your child’s health and future may now be different. You will then be able to work on ensuring your child is as happy and healthy as possible. Understand and remind yourself that cerebral palsy is unpredictable and the best thing you can do is be flexible and adapt daily life to enable your child to live successfully with the condition.

Research

Take this opportunity to find out as much about cerebral palsy as you possibly can. The more informed you are, the better prepared you’ll be for the journey ahead of you. You can find out a great deal about cerebral palsy, as well as tips and advice on coping with the condition in our blog. 

Support

A diagnosis of cerebral palsy means that your child can finally start receiving relevant treatment and support to help them with their condition. Whether it’s through your healthcare professional, local community, school or family members, seeking support can make all the difference in ensuring your child has a strong network to rely on. Communicate with them regularly about how best they can help your child in managing their condition.

Seek help

If you believe your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a result of birth injury or medical negligence, you should seek advice from a specialist solicitor as soon as possible.

Most children that have cerebral palsy develop it at birth, often through injuries that were obtained during labour. While hospitals and doctors often act with the upmost care and precaution during labour, mistakes during delivery do happen, and it’s believed that 10-20% of those born with cerebral palsy developed the condition due to brain damage during birth. Most of these cases could have been avoided if adequate care had been taken.

Our specialist solicitors handle all cerebral palsy and birth injury cases and can help families affected obtain the compensation they deserve. Simply contact us on 0161 904 4660

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