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Some facts and statistics regarding cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is the term used to refer to a number of neurological disorders that sometimes occur in the developing brains of children. These disorders are usually the result of brain injury suffered by the child during fetal development, just prior to, during and shortly after birth and during infancy or during early childhood development.

Is important to note that cerebral palsy is not a communicable disease, meaning it can't be transmitted from one child to another. Here are some interesting facts about cerebral palsy:

-- An estimated 764,000 U.S. children and adults exhibit at least one of the symptoms of cerebral palsy.

-- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that cerebral palsy will develop in approximately 10,000 babies born in the U. S. each year.

-- Boys are more likely than girls to exhibit signs of cerebral palsy.

-- Each year CP is diagnosed in roughly 1,200 to 1,500 preschool age children.

-- A CDC study from 2009 discovered that CP prevalence in 2004 was about 3.3 cases of CP per 1000.

-- CP is characterized by stiff muscles, permanent contractions, uncontrolled slow writhing movements and poor conditioning and balance.

Imagining any child born with a permanent disability is a heartbreaking experience. Perhaps the only thing more pitiful is knowing that child's birth injury was caused as a result of medical malpractice. Many birth injuries such as cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy occur as a result of doctor error during the child's delivery. Incorrect procedure or simply lack of training and experience can sometimes result in the child receiving a permanent disability.

Texas residents who suspect their child may have been injured at birth should know that there are legal avenues they can pursue to help offset their child's long-term medical expenses.

Source: United Cerebral Palsy, "U.S. Statistics and Fact sheet" Aug. 05, 2014

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