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.

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