Cerebral Palsy is a broad term that covers a variety of non-progressive, non-contagious conditions that are seen as physical disabilities. Palsy means that there is a disorder of movement and cerebral refers to the affected portion of the brain, the cerebrum. Other portions of the brain can be affected as well. This condition is caused by damage to the motor control centers of the young, developing brain. The damage can occur during pregnancy (75 percent of the time), after birth up to roughly age 3 (15 percent), and during childbirth (5 percent). When cerebral palsy occurs during childbirth, it is commonly due to a doctor missing signs of distress in both the mother and the baby.
Cerebral Palsy is a non-progressive disorder, meaning any brain damage that exists does not get worse. There are frequently physical complications that develop later on. This is where doctor’s can intervene medically. In addition, arthritis and osteoporosis can occur much earlier in adults with Cerebral Palsy than in adults without it.
The motor disorders are sometimes accompanied by disturbances of sensation, cognition, communication, perception, behavior, and/or by a seizure disorder. This condition is one of the most expensive developmental disorder to manage over a person’s lifetime, second only to mental disabilities.
If your baby has been given a Cerebral Palsy diagnosis due to a doctor’s error, contact the personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier at 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874) to discuss your case and to determine your legal options.