Brain malformation or brain injury that occurred during a child’s development in the womb causes Cerebral palsy. It is considered a neurological disorder and primarily affects the body’s ability to move by causing loss of muscle coordination. Cerebral Palsy is caused by the brains’ abnormal development before birth, during and after birth. Therefore cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage. The affected functions in the body are mostly muscle control, muscle coordination and muscle tone. Reflex, posture, and balance including fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and oral motor skills are also affected.
For a long time, it has been concluded that cerebral palsy was due to birthing complications. It can only account for a small percentage of the total cases of Cerebral Palsy. Modern research and studies suggest that the main cause, in fact, the majority of all Cerebral Palsy cases, is the abnormal brain development or brain injury that occurs prior to birth or during labor and after delivery. The chances of getting Cerebral Palsy are increased by the following factors such as negligence, abuse, accidents, medical malpractice, infections, and injury.
A person with Cerebral Palsy will be suffering from physical disorders. However, the signs and symptoms of the condition will vary from one person to the other. Even the affected limbs, the location and the type of movement dysfunction will not be the same as everyone else with Cerebral Palsy. The condition can greatly affect the face, arms, and legs. It may also affect only one limb or all of it.
The condition affects an individual’s ability to control the movements and functions of his or her muscles. It is characterized by muscles contracting too much or too little or all at the same time. The once flexible limbs can become stiff and can be forced to awkward and painful positions. Because the contractions can fluctuate, it will cause trembling, twitching, shake or writhing in the muscles. Balance and posture are affected which makes it more difficult to walk, run sit or even brushing the teeth. Intellectual impairment, as well as vision and hearing difficulties, are also some of the complications of Cerebral Palsy.
If you think you are suffering from Cerebral Palsy you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Cerebral Palsy as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).