Multi-Specialist Diagnostic Approach to Cerebral Palsy
Because the causes, injuries and complications associated with cerebral palsy vary widely between patients, it is important for diagnosis to include a number of different specialists. Diagnosing cerebral palsy is usually a collaborative process that involves a variety of medical and therapeutic specialists including, but not limited to, pediatric neurologists, developmental specialists, neuroradiologists, orthopedic surgeons, and ophthalmologists. A multi-specialist diagnostic approach to cerebral palsy usually increases a child’s chances of receiving more effective, thorough treatments, therapies, and lifestyle adjustments.
If your child or loved one has a cerebral palsy diagnosis that you believe resulted from medical negligence, our Michigan birth injury attorneys can help. Contact us in any of the following ways and our cerebral palsy lawyers will review your case for free. Should Michigan Cerebral Palsy Attorneys take your case, you will not be charged until we win or settle in your favor.
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What Are Specialized Diagnostic Tests?
Michigan Birth Injury Lawyers Discuss the Multi-Specialist Diagnostic Approach to Cerebral Palsy
Medical and therapeutic specialists use a variety of different tests to confirm a cerebral palsy diagnosis and to rule out other possible conditions such as genetic disorders, muscle diseases, metabolic disorders, or nervous system disorders. Typical tests include:
- Achievement and assessment of developmental milestones and growth standards
- Reflex tests
- Hearing and focus tests
- Muscle tone, posture, and coordination tests
- Brain imaging tests like MRIs, CT scans, and cranial ultrasounds
Following a cerebral palsy diagnosis, physicians will assess the severity and location of brain damage and identify other associated conditions. Cerebral palsy, though not curable, can be managed after proper assessment (using specialized evaluative scales such as the MACS) and treatment plan development. Typically treatment and therapy plans will be developed that incorporate the care of multiple specialists to effectively manage the cerebral palsy. Nearly all medical professionals recommend these varied and inclusive treatment regimens, which are referred to as comprehensive treatment plans.
Legal Aid for Cerebral Palsy
Despite the complicated nature of cerebral palsy diagnosis, medical professionals are obligated, to the best of their abilities, to conduct in-depth diagnostic tests to determine the presence and severity of conditions like hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, cerebral palsy, and seizures. Medical professionals are expected to work together and communicate regularly with other specialists to deliver the most precise diagnosis possible. If your loved one’s cerebral palsy was the result of a mishandled diagnosis, a legal expert from Michigan Cerebral Palsy Attorneys can help you find the compensation you deserve. Call (888) 592-1857 and allow our cerebral palsy and birth injury attorneys to evaluate your case for free.