Cerebral Palsy is a condition of the brain. It affects muscle control, speech, and other bodily functions. In children, it is the most common muscle disability. In fact, for every 1,000 children born, as many as 4 of them develop Cerebral Palsy according to the Centers for Disease Control.
What Do I Need To Know About Cerebral Palsy?
We find that knowledge comforts people. When victims and their families find themselves in a given situation, they prefer to know more and more about their circumstances than less. This is especially the case when the injured person is a child or newborn baby. Parents want to know everything about their loved one. CP is no exception. The gravity and complexity of the situation warrants attention and information. Here are some pertinent details:
- Cerebral Palsy is the most common motor disability in children.
- Cerebral Palsy affects newborns 0.4% of the time.
- Cerebral Palsy is more frequent with males than females.
- Cerebral Palsy affects African Americans more than White or Hispanic people-the latter two have roughly similar rates of this condition.
- Nearly half of all people with Cerebral Palsy have another condition such as autism or epilepsy.
- Risk factors for Cerebral Palsy include infections during pregnancy, premature births, or oxygen shortages during birth.
- The lifetime cost of having Cerebral Palsy can be as much as $5,000,000 and can raise the cost of childcare by a factor of 10 or 20.
What I Can Do If My Child Has Cerebral Palsy?
The most important thing to realize is that you have options. While there is no cure presently for Cerebral Palsy, there are many options to manage its long-term effects including medication, rehabilitation, and other treatments. Also, if this condition arose because of another’s misconduct, then you can engage a qualified lawyer to seek compensation. As the foregoing section demonstrates, there can be a strong financial incentive to sue the offender because Cerebral Palsy can add on significant medical, living, and related expenses. If someone or some entity was responsible for it, then they should pay for it. These are not the only things that you can do if your child develops Cerebral Palsy but they are some of the more immediate and consequential actions you can take. To discover more of what you can do, speak with our team today.
Still Wondering If Your Child Has Cerebral Palsy?
Fear can paralyze you. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers consistently represents children who have been victimized and injured all across Illinois. We know the worry it places on the shoulders of their parents and loved ones. We know that it can be hard to act against the people who caused their injuries. That is why we stand up, so you don’t have to. That is why we don’t charge clients anything until the dispute is over, so you can worry about your children and not bills. To hear how we can assist, and to learn how you can better help your child, call our team. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you get access to everything that you need and deserve.
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