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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is the most common type of birth injury. It is a broad term that encompasses a group of chronic “palsies” or disorders impairing control of movement as a result of any factor done during childbirth that leads to brain damage.

In the United States it is estimated that 2 to 3 births in 1,000 will have Cerebral palsy which comes out to about 10,000 new cases each year. CP is a non-progressive brain disorder. The damage to the brain will not continue to worsen over time, but it is likely that the symptoms will change; some getting better, some getting worse. Most babies that have CP are born with it, but for some it can be a result of trauma during birth such as hypoxia or not getting enough oxygen to the brain.

Economic Statistics for Cerebral Palsy Patients

  • Medical costs are 10 times higher for children with cerebral palsy
  • Medical costs are 26 times higher for children with cerebral palsy who have an intellectual disability
  • The total lifetime care costs of to take care of a child with cerebral palsy currently exceeds $1 Million

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Birth injuries that can result in cerebral palsy include:

  • Misuse of assisted delivery tools
  • Negligently allowing the baby to be deprived of oxygen
  • Prolonged labor
  • Failing to conduct a timely C-section or failing to schedule a C-section if needed
  • Failure to diagnose infections in the mother, like meningitis
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Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injuries

Although any type of birth injury is devastating, cerebral palsy (CP) remains one of the most severe health disorders that stems from birth injuries. In most cases, CP leads to devastating health issues and disabilities that last a lifetime. Since there is no cure for CP, these permanent disabilities not only place infants at risk for serious medical problems, but the financial aspect of taking care of children with CP is more than the average family can afford.

CP will vary in severity, ranging from light involuntary movements while carrying out daily activities, to complete loss of movement. There are numerous reasons in which birth injuries contribute to the development of CP, including physicians who fail to:

  • Detect, diagnose, and treat maternal infections
  • Properly monitor fetal heartbeat
  • Detect umbilical cord problems, such as a prolapsed umbilical cord
  • Detect maternal and/or fetal distress, and in turn fail to schedule and carry out an emergency cesarean surgery (C-section)
  • Properly use birth-assisting tools during childbirth by applying too much force or improper pulling

If your child has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy contact Dan or Kevin at Miller Stern Lawyers, LLC for a FREE CONSULTATION to find out your options.

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There are three main types of Cerebral Palsy: spastic, athetoid and ataxic.

Spastic is the most common type of cerebral palsy. It accounts for 80 percent of the CP cases. Symptoms include jerky movements, muscle tightness and stiff joints. This type makes simple actions such as walking or picking up small objects small objects. Some children with spastic CP may develop coexisting conditions including ADHD or epilepsy.

Athetoid, also known as Dyskinetic cerebral palsy is characterized by involuntary movements. Children with this type of CP fluctuate between high muscle tone which causes stiffness and sore joints and low muscle tone which causes a kind of “floppiness” in limbs.

Ataxic cerebral palsy is the least common type accounting for only 5-10 percent of cases. Ataxia meaning lack of coordination causes balance and coordination problems and as well as tremors and speech problems.

For more information regarding cerebral palsy go to ucp.org.

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