The CDC has released statistics concerning CP, which estimate one of every 280 births will result in cerebral palsy. This number has only gone up and up over the past few years.

Cerebral palsy is one of the most common neurological disabilities found in newborn children. Cerebral palsy occurs when one or more sections of the brain do not develop properly, or due to brain damage caused by distress during delivery. In many cases, cerebral palsy may be the result of an injury caused by the health care provider, which could constitute medical malpractice.

Some of the causes may be:

Almost 800,000 people are affected by cerebral palsy in the United States alone. The symptoms may range from extremely mild to quite severe (usually linked to the severity of the brain damage).

The bottom line is that cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage. It is not a disease, is not known to be hereditary, and is not something you can screen for. A developing baby will show no signs or symptoms, as the injury which causes CP usually occurs during labor. Sometimes these events are unavoidable, and other times they are a direct result of medical malpractice.

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