For as long as people can remember, some babies have been born with problems. These can be genetic mutations or caused by illness in the mother’s life that affects the baby’s development. Cerebral palsy is one of the most upsetting conditions with which a baby can be born.
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. There is often interaction between the various portions of the brain such as the cerebellum and the cortex.
This condition is caused by damage to the motor control centers of the young, developing brain. The damage can be done during pregnancy (75% of the time), after birth up to roughly age 3 (15%), and during childbirth (5%). 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. This means that 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, and/or behavior, and/or by a seizure disorder. This condition is the second-most expensive developmental disorder to manage over a person’s lifetime second only to mental disabilities.
In recent years, there has been an increase in the occurrence of Cerebral Palsy. This is due more to improved neo-natal facilities than anything else.
If your baby has been afflicted with Cerebral Palsy due to a doctor’s error, contact the Milwaukee personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (414) 271-0900 to discuss your case and to determine your legal options.