Hundreds of children are born with cerebral palsy each year in North Carolina, inflicting them with brain damage that affects them both cognitively and physically. While cerebral palsy is not curable, it can sometimes be detected early, making its effects potentially less disabling. In some cases, cerebral palsy is caused by human error when doctors fail to make sure an infant has enough oxygen during birth. Parents who believe their child's cerebral palsy could have been prevented can contact a North Carolina attorney to learn more about their legal options.
Cerebral palsy is not a single disorder, but rather a term for three basic types of disorders. Regardless of the specific palsy a child has, he or she typically struggles with stiff muscles, slow or jerky movements of the feet, hands, arms or legs and generally poor coordination and muscle control. Most infants with CP experience a mixture of these symptoms
Cerebral palsy is the single most common childhood motor disorder, with about 8,000 babies diagnosed with CP each year. About 15,000,000 people worldwide suffer from CP, approximately 764,000 of whom reside in the United States. It is not categorized as a disease, but rather a disorder as it not caused by external causes. Instead, it is caused when damage occurs to certain areas of the brain, which then inhibits the functioning of certain muscles. While some children with CP suffer from intellectual handicaps, others remain unharmed in this regard. The nature of each CP case differs depending on what area of the individual's brain sustained damage.
The brain damage that causes cerebral palsy does not worsen over time, though muscle issues related to the disorder may become more severe. In many cases, surgery or other non-surgical treatments may be used to resolve these complications. Individuals with CP frequently undergo physical, speech and occupational therapy to help improve their functioning and overcome the limits CP may impose.
Source: Huffington Post, "Why You Shouldn't Pity My Child with Cerebral Palsy: Worls Cerebral Palsy Day 2012," Ellen Seidman, Sep. 4, 2012