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Cerebral Palsy Facts

The following are some quick facts about cerebral palsy. To learn more, please contact our birth injury attorneys today.

Cerebral Palsy Quick Facts

Here are some quick facts about cerebral palsy (CP):

  • The brain damage that is the cause of CP does not worsen with age
  • Each year, about 10,000 children will be born in the U.S. with cerebral palsy
  • Between 1.5 and 2 million children and adults in the U.S. have CP, according to estimates by the United Cerebral Palsy Research and Educational Foundation
  • CP occurs in 2.3 to 3.6 of every 1,000 children
  • The most common type of cerebral palsy is spastic CP, constituting between 61 and 76.9 percent of all cases
  • Problems during labor and delivery cause 10 percent or less of the number of children born with cerebral palsy
  • The lifetime cost of someone disabled by CP is about one million dollars
  • Cerebral palsy is not contagious
  • CP cannot be cured because the brain damage that causes the disease cannot be reversed, however some of the conditions that result from this brain damage can be treated
  • The effects of the condition are long-term, not temporary; someone diagnosed with CP will have it for the rest of their life
  • Cerebral palsy may seem to be occurring more often today because modern technology and medical techniques are saving younger premature babies who might have CP
  • New imaging techniques sometimes allow doctors to see the brain injury causing CP

Cerebral palsy can be managed. The quality of life with CP may be enhanced by:

  • Therapy
  • Surgery
  • Medication
  • Assistive technology

Parents and families of patients with CP may find useful information at the following websites:

To find out if you qualify to seek compensation to help you with the challenges ahead, contact our cerebral palsy birth injury lawyers today. Our mission is to help affected families get the compensation they need to provide the highest quality of life for their children.