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Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Damage to the cerebrum before or during birth or in early childhood can lead to a condition known as cerebral palsy (CP) which is primarily impaired motor development. About 2 out of 1,000 live births present with the disordered movement or palsy characterizing CP.

There is no clear indication of the actual causes of cerebral palsy, but there is evidence that it may be due to an intrauterine infection or exposure to lead in the pregnant mother. In some cases, CP results from asphyxia at birth which is inadequate supply of oxygen to the brain due to the trauma of a difficult delivery or failure of the physician to immediately clear the airways of the neonate. It may also be due to a physical injury to the brain during birth.

While CP onset is usually associated with the very young, it is possible for adults to develop the condition. This may be caused by traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident, where the patient fails to recover the full function of the brain. CP may also result from a stroke, which may be brought on naturally or inadvertently induced chemically with certain types of prescription drugs and medications.

Cerebral palsy is a condition that can have long lasting effects, whether it was developed during pregnancy, at birth, early childhood, or as an adult. The more severe types of CP can impair a person’s ability to live without constant assistance because of the inability to control his or her own body’s movement. That is bad enough, but it gets worse with the realization that the condition was caused by a third party’s negligence or incompetence, such as a careless doctor or drunk driver. If a family member has CP because of these preventable causes, consult with a personal injury lawyer to find out how you can make a claim on behalf of the CP patient. It is just right that the responsible party is made to suffer some of the consequences of his or her negligence, if only financially.

Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries are head injuries that occur because of a strong bump, jolt, or blow to the head that severely damages the brain. It can either be an open or closed injury, often from accidents, sports, or assaults. Millions of people across the United States suffer from brain injuries every year, and a great majority of these often lead to permanent damage and even death.

Symptoms of brain injuries do not necessarily appear immediately, which make them even more serious, as people often shake off the symptoms of brain injuries, believing these symptoms will eventually go away. Because traumatic brain injuries are serious health risks that need constant monitoring, rehabilitation, and treatment, the Brain Injury Association of America has been advocating more awareness about the seriousness of traumatic brain injuries as well as supporting people who are suffering because of these injuries.

Living with a traumatic brain injury can be difficult, but it is not always impossible. Treatment, medications, rehabilitation, and regular check-ups can help patients reintegrate into society. Despite the limitations that traumatic brain injuries can give, patients can still live happy lives.