As discussed in a previous article on our law blog, cerebral palsy is a term used to refer to neurological disorders that occur in children as their brains are developing. Most of the time, cerebral palsy is caused by a brain injury the child suffers during fetal development. However, cerebral palsy can also occur as a result of a birth injury caused by doctor error or similar hospital negligence. A medical professional lacking proper training or experience can harm the child in a way that will bring about the onset of cerebral palsy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 10,000 babies are born each year suffering from cerebral palsy. Additionally, cerebral palsy may take years for their symptoms to become recognizable. The CDC says that each year, approximately 1,200 to 1,500 preschool age children will also be diagnosed with having cerebral palsy.
Fortunately, organizations around the country have formed to help parents and children suffering with the disease. Cerebral palsy is not a communicable disease, although it's devastating neurological disorders often require expensive lifelong care and treatment.
The United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Houston Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services to children and families suffering from cerebral palsy and other disabilities. The agency has an annual budget of over $6 million and a staff of over 75 individuals working throughout the greater Houston area.
Although the primary mission of UCP is to provide advocacy and education, the agency also offers programs in infant development, assistive technology labs, help with counseling and case management and more. UCP serves over 5,500 families each year and takes pride in the fact that they support each family regardless of their ability to pay. Volunteers and donors wishing to help are encouraged to contact UCP.
If you are the parent of a child suffering from cerebral palsy or other birth injuries such as Erb's palsy, you should know that our firm is experienced in handling such cases. Medical malpractice lawsuits involving negligence, such as errors made during the child's delivery, can be difficult to prove. A knowledgeable legal advocate with experience handling these types of cases can prove invaluable in helping you secure the best outcome for your child's long-term medical and personal needs. You can learn more on our medical malpractice webpage.
Source: triticorainey.com, "Some facts and statistics regarding cerebal palsy" Sep. 03, 2014