Cerebral Palsy is a disorder that affects thousands of babies every year. It is due to damage to a baby’s motor cortex either during pregnancy, birth, or the first three years of life. It is a broad term that covers a variety of non-progressive, non-contagious conditions that cause physical disability in human development.
Cerebral refers to the cerebrum, which is the affected portion of the brain. Palsy indicates that it is a disorder of movement. Other areas than the cerebrum may be affected as well but so far no one is quite sure what all may be affected by the disorder. Cerebral Palsy is caused by damage to the motor cortex of a developing brain either during pregnancy (75%), birth (5%), or the first three years of life (15%).
This disease is non-progressive and non-contagious. It is non-progressive in that the amount of brain damage that a person experiences will not get worse. However much is damaged to begin with will remain damaged but it will not expand. There is not a known way of surgically or otherwise correcting the problem and any surgical influence is generally done to correct side effects of cerebral palsy.
There is not a lot of information known about cerebral palsy in adults. The majority of information available is related to children. What is known is that there is earlier onset of osteoporosis and arthritis in adults with cerebral palsy than in adults without cerebral palsy.
If your baby has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy following the errors of a doctor during pregnancy or birth, contact the Waukesha birth injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 1- 800-559-5599 to discuss your case and to schedule an initial consultation.