Important Cerebral Palsy Facts: Oregon Birth Injury Lawyer

oregon cerebral palsy lawyer oregon birth injury lawyer important cerebral palsy facts

Understanding Cerebral Palsy From Our Oregon Birth Injury Lawyer: Important Cerebral Palsy Facts to Know


Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a disorder or group of disorders caused by damage to the developing brain.  Our Oregon birth injury lawyer knows that cerebral palsy is damage caused to the developing brain which suffers injuries usually due to a lack of oxygen during rapid development.  The lack of oxygen could be hypoxic (a deficiency) or anoxic (complete lack).  Rapid development of the brain occurs during the labor and delivery process when the baby is born and immediately thereafter.  The damage to the brain takes the form of lesions which create “gaps” in the brain tissue which will not form normally now.  For cerebral palsy, the damage is to the basil ganglia and cerebellum.


Families who have a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy have a lot of work ahead of them.  But maybe not as much as they may think.  Cerebral palsy is not the debilitating and isolating disease that it once was.  Advancements in treatment and care have helped improve the lives of individuals with cerebral palsy.  In addition, new technologies and braces have helped individuals with cerebral palsy ambulate more and have more mobility than they ever had before.  Further, advancements in technologies allow for video conferencing and communications which helps to alleviate the pressures of isolation.


The CDC has a list of some important cerebral palsy facts that it wants everyone to know.  Our Oregon birth injury lawyer has reviewed these facts and provides the most relevant and important ones with annotations based on birth injury cases. 


CDC Important Cerebral Palsy Facts


1) Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability of childhood: The CDC notes that 1 in about 323 children have some form of cerebral palsy which may be much higher than other people may believe.  Not only does this make cerebral palsy the most common motor disability, not it makes cerebral palsy more common than Down syndrome and many other disabilities.


2) Cerebral palsy is more common in boys: While CP can absolutely occur in girls, it appears that boys are more likely to have or develop cerebral palsy than girls.


3) About 75%-85% of children have spastic CP: Spastic CP is the most common type of cerebral palsy.  This type of CP results in very stiff and rigid movements in children which can make walking, sitting, standing, or even laying down very difficult or painful.  Individuals with spastic CP have awkward movements due to the disorder.


4) Over 50% of children with CP can walk independently: This is great news because most people think that individuals with CP are unable to walk independently.  However, that is not the case.  May people can actually walk independently without ambulatory devices.  Others can walk with some basic and simple devices such as a cane or brace.  This is great news because it demonstrates that physical therapy and other advancements in treatment can help children learn to walk independently.  In addition, it also shows to families that there is hope with a diagnosis of CP and it is not always as debilitating as portrayed on TV or in the movies.


5) Man children with CP have another condition: It is true that cerebral palsy is not always alone.  Most of the time CP occurs with epilepsy 40% of the time and/or autism 10% of the time.  Other common conditions may also occur such as development delays.


6) Most CP is caused at birth or during the labor and devilry process, but some can be “acquired CP”: When brain damage occurs more than 28 days after birth and the brain damage causes cerebral palsy, it can be called “acquired cerebral palsy.”  This is a type of cerebral palsy which causes damage to the developing brain as it is forming after birth rather than some birth trauma.


7) Cerebral palsy is usually diagnosed during the first year, and sometimes during the second year, after birth: Cerebral palsy is diagnosed usually within the first year or two of life.  Since most types of cerebral palsy are not as devastating as most people may believe, it can be harder to recognize right at birth or even in the beginning months.  This is because mild CP will have very faint symptoms for people to assess.


8) Most cerebral palsy is caused by birth injuries: Our Oregon birth injury lawyer knows that cerebral palsy is frequently caused by birth injuries, including preventable birth injuries.  This is a form of medical malpractice which could allow victims and their families to recover compensation for the injuries to an innocent person.  While some instances may be “natural complications” to the birthing process, unfortunately mot times that is just an excuse given by healthcare providers.  There are certainly ways for healthcare providers to help avoid natural complications in the birthing process.


Get Your Loved One Was Diagnosed With Cerebral Palsy, We Can Help


If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover. 


Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  


We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  


Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

    For a free case evaluation, fill out the form below

    The use of the internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

    OR Call
    Bend, Oregon: (541) 385-1999
    Portland: (503) 479-3646
    Minnesota: (612) 444-3374

    Our Office

    Kuhlman Law, LLC
    160 NW Irving Ave, Suite 203
    Bend, OR 97703