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10 Facts About Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affects motor coordination and movement and is often caused by oxygen deprivation during the labor and delivery process.

Here are some facts about cerebral palsy you might not have known…

  1. Dr. John Little is recognized as the first person to study cerebral palsy and define it in 1853.

  2. Around 10,000 babies are born each year with cerebral palsy.

  3. Around 764,000 people in the U.S. have at least one symptom of cerebral palsy.

  4. Seizures are a common associated disorder of cerebral palsy and can range from mild to extremely severe.

  5. Black children with cerebral palsy are 1.7 times more likely to need assistance with walking or be unable to walk at all.

  6. Around 60% of babies with cerebral palsy will have some form of developmental disability by the age of 8.

  7. Children with cerebral palsy are at a heightened risk for skin problems and disorders, including allergic reactions, minor skin issues, and involuntary skin scratching.

  8. Medical negligence can cause cerebral palsy, such as physicians failing to order an emergency C-section and/or improper use of birth-assisting tools

  9. Medical costs are around 10 times higher for children with cerebral palsy.

  10. The total lifetime care costs to take care of a child with cerebral palsy currently exceeds $1 million.

No matter how attentively you care for yourself and your unborn child during your pregnancy, a medical error can still leave your child with a lifelong disability. If your child developed cerebral palsy due to a medical error, our Baltimore birth injury attorneys can help you identify any and all liable parties and recover the compensation you need to get your child the high-quality care they deserve.

Contact Brown & Barron, LLC at (410) 698-1717 to schedule a free consultation.

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