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Cerebral Palsy Claims And Compensation

Was your child’s Cerebral Palsy caused by errors during a difficult delivery? If you believe that medical negligence may have been a factor, or that medical staff did not act swiftly enough when your child was in distress, our Cerebral Palsy claims solicitors could help you to file a no win no fee Cerebral Palsy Claimclaim against those responsible. We’ve recovered substantial damages on behalf of thousands of clients on a no win no fee basis, and offer free, impartial advice regardless of your financial circumstances. Call our free helpline to speak with a birth injury claims specialist today.

Cerebral palsy is a debilitating physical condition that affects 1 in 278 children, and in the majority of cases there is often no known cause. Worryingly, approximately 1 in 400 children go on to develop this condition after a difficult or mishandled birth, usually as a result of limited oxygen supply to the brain (hypoxia).

Some of the primary causes of Cerebral Palsy at birth that might be construed as negligence include:

  • Failure to carry out an emergency forceps or ventouse delivery when the baby is showing obvious signs of distress.
  • Delays in arranging emergency delivery of a baby suffering an irregular heartbeat.
  • Misdiagnosis of a potentially dangerous condition, such as a breach birth.
  • Failure to correctly monitor/ track the baby’s vital signs throughout delivery.
  • Failure to diagnose foetal anomalies during pregnancy.
  • Delays in treating a serious infection, such as meningitis.
  • Failure to recognise early symptoms of hypoxia, such as jaundice or hyglycaemia.

Cerebral palsy is a complex condition, and not all babies born with it will necessarily have suffered due to oxygen deprivation at birth. A baby may be at increased risk of developing the condition if the umbilical cord becomes entangled around the shoulders or neck, or if the mother is too weak to continue giving birth without assistance. In these circumstances, medical assistance will be required to ensure the baby is not starved of oxygen at birth. Failure to recognise potentially dangerous symptoms, or act quickly to minimise the likelihood of birth brain injury may be classed as negligence, for which compensation may be sought.

If your child has suffered a birth brain injury and you are thinking about making a no win no fee claim, talk to one of our cerebral palsy claims experts who will be happy to guide you through the legal process. Contact us via the enquiry form online to arrange a free case evaluation and call-back.

What is Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of disorders that typically affect cerebral (brain) development and motor skills (muscle co-ordination and mobility). There are three distinct classifications based on the severity of disability, and its effect on motor skills, learning ability, cognitive function and general mobility.

  • Spastic palsy: affects a person’s conscious and natural ability to control and relax muscles, often accompanied by muscle rigidity and difficulties in movement.
  • Athetoid palsy: is similar to spastic palsy, however also severely limits the control an individual has over muscle movement. This often leads to involuntary muscle spasms, tics and involuntary movements, which are more pronounced in severe cases.
  • Ataxic palsy: affects a person’s perception of depth, sense of balance and posture. Sufferers will often have difficulty walking unaided, and may also suffer from tremors and uncontrollable shakiness.

The effects of cerebral palsy vary considerably from person to person, and sufferers may often exhibit symptoms of both spastic and ataxic palsy. Cerebral palsy is rarely apparent in infancy, and only becomes noticeable when a child is learning to walk, or sit up unaided.

Are You Entitled To Compensation For Your Child’s Birth Brain Injury?

Cerebral Palsy CompensationTo be eligible for compensation, you must be able to prove that negligence has occurred, and that this negligence was a primary factor in your child’s development of a birth brain injury. Naturally, this may be difficult for claimants who have limited medical knowledge, however is generally easy to prove with the right solicitor. Your solicitor will compile evidence in support of your case, usually by assessing medical records and arranging for an independent medical report from a birth brain injury specialist. Both your child’s condition and medical records will provide the necessary information to corroborate your claim, and you won’t usually be required to attend a formal hearing.

Cerebral Palsy Compensation Experts

No amount of preparation can ever truly prepare you for the confirmation that your child is suffering from a birth injury, or the news that it could have been prevented were it not for the actions of a medical professional. Naturally you’re bound to feel a mixture of conflicting emotions, and be fearful of the costs involved in raising a child with more specific requirements.

You may be able to seek some form of carer’s allowance if you have to give up your job to look after your child, however this is often means tested, and is rarely enough to cover the costs of home care. This is where compensation can be particularly helpful. Although it cannot make up for the suffering caused to you and your child, it can go some way to helping build a better and brighter future. In many cases, our medical negligence solicitors have been able to recover additional damages on behalf of clients, including costs for home and car modifications, as well as those associated with private medical treatment and therapy.

If you would like more information about the legal process, or feel you may have grounds on which to file a claim, contact our friendly cerebral palsy claim experts for an informal chat about your case. Either call us on the free-phone number listed above, or email us using the online form to arrange a convenient time for us to call you back. There’s no cost for our time and no obligation to proceed with a claim based on any information provided.