Cerebral Palsy Facts and Figures
The following are some facts and figures about cerebral palsy:
- About 10,000 babies per year in the United States will develop cerebral palsy. In addition, up to 1,500 preschool-age children are recognized each year to have CP
- It is estimated that 70% of children with CP developed it due to an event before birth that interfered with normal brain development
- An estimated 800,000 people have CP in the United States
- Approximately 80% of cases involving cerebral palsy are developed before the baby is one month old
- The average lifetime cost of cerebral palsy is approximately $1 million. This figure does not include hospital visits, emergency room visits, residential care and other out-of-pocket expenses
- About two to three children per 1,000 have cerebral palsy, which is a slight rise over recent years. Improvements in neonatal nursing has helped reduce the number of babies who develop CP, but the survival rate of babies with very low birth rates has increased, and these babies are more likely to have cerebral palsy
- Mental retardation is estimated to affect 25 to 33% of children with cerebral palsy
- Children who are fully ambulatory and who self-feed have life expectancies that are not dramatically less than normal.
Cerebral palsy lawyer Dr. Bruce Fagel is committed to representing victims of medical malpractice and birth injuries throughout the nation. If your child is suffering from developmental delays–symptoms that may indicate Cerebral palsy or has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy–you need a skilled attorney on your side as soon as possible to determine whether you can recover compensation from the doctor or hospital responsible for your child’s condition.
Contact birth injury lawyer Dr. Bruce Fagel today if your child is suffering from cerebral palsy, and you suspect this may be the result of medical malpractice or negligence. Call The Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel and Associates today. You need to know if your child’s cerebral palsy was preventable. If you are not sure, seek the advice of Dr. Fagel now. It’s the only way to know if your doctor and medical team did everything possible to keep you and your baby safe and healthy.