Cerebral Palsy is a birth injury caused by damage to a child’s cerebrum and affects thousands of babies every year. The cerebrum, responsible for the control of our motor skills, cognitive thought, and sensory functions, is at the greatest risk for damage during birth. Cerebral Palsy may also occur during pregnancy or even the first three years of a child’s life. Most often, this condition occurs during the birth of a child when the baby does not receive enough oxygen due to problems with the umbilical cord, failure to order a caesarian section delivery in time, or the incorrect use of a vacuum extractor or forceps during the delivery.
Cerebral palsy is commonly avoidable if the doctor is able to recognize problems quickly and work to correct or treat the problems in a quick manner. Cerebral palsy is not treatable; however, the disease is non-progressive so no further damage will occur after the initial injury occurs. Fortunately, the symptoms of the condition can be treated, allowing those with the condition to live a more “normal” way of life. In some cases, surgical procedures have proven effective in correcting several of the side effects of cerebral palsy.
Although cerebral palsy commonly affects newborns and small children, some adults also suffer from the condition. Not much is known about cerebral palsy found in adults so information and resources on the topic are extremely limited. Studies have shown that there is earlier onset of osteoporosis and arthritis in adults with cerebral palsy as opposed to adults without the condition.
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy due to the errors of a doctor during pregnancy or birth,contact the Appleton birth injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. at 1- 800-472-9334 to schedule your free initial consultation.