What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy, or just ‘palsy’, is the most common name for a range of birthing injuries which can affect a child’s brain and nervous system, preventing them from working properly. The most common indication that your child might have a form of palsy is if they struggle to coordinate their movements. For this reason, many parents assume there is a problem with their child’s muscular system when they spot the symptoms. However, the truth is it is the damage to the part of the brain which controls them which causes these problems.
The condition is induced by starvation of oxygen to the brain, either before, during, or after, a traumatic birth. For this reason, cases can often merit cerebral palsy compensation claims, as it is your midwife’s responsibility to properly manage the birthing process. To find out whether you have a case, call 01204 521133, message us on live chat (in the bottom left of your screen), or request a callback at a more convenient time.
Were Doctors Responsible For My Child’s Cerebral Palsy?
Often, the mistakes of a medical professional play a big part in a child’s developing cerebral palsy. The main mistakes our medical negligence solicitors encounter with cerebral palsy claims are:
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of infection to either mother or baby during pregnancy
- Neglectful handling of a traumatic or premature labour
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of bleeding in the child’s brain
- Failure to treat abnormal development of the baby’s brain
- Failure to diagnose or properly handle placental abruption
- Failure to treat infection after birth, such as meningitis
These are the most common reasons a claim for cerebral palsy compensation may be pursued. But, if your case is not listed here, and you still think your doctor’s mistakes caused your child to develop cerebral palsy, it is still worth getting in touch. Simply call us on 01204 521133, or Request a Callback.
What Happens In A Cerebral Palsy Claim?
Our clinical negligence solicitors manage the case, from the initial conversation with yourselves to the final settlement of your cerebral palsy compensation being forwarded to you. We deal with the NHS hospital, the doctor or the health trust that is involved and then build a solid claim for you. We might sometimes ask for your assistance with getting bits of evidence that only you have a legal right to, but really, the job is on us to prove that you deserve compensation.
For free, professional advice on pursuing a medical negligence claim, contact us now and take the first step to getting the answers, and the cerebral palsy compensation that you deserve.
How Much Will I Get When Suing For Cerebral Palsy Compensation?
At Asons we have award winning medical negligence solicitors; who are so talented and experienced, 95% of our clients would recommend us to friends and family. We currently have over 400 medical cases covering all aspects of medical negligence, from medical accidents resulting in death, to the misdiagnosis of broken bones as sprains. Cerebral palsy claims are often difficult to prove and fiercely contested, but our solicitors pride themselves on getting the right results for you. Plus, our work is performed on a ‘no win no fee’ basis, meaning you won’t pay a penny if we can’t win the case.
How Will A Claim For Cerebral Palsy Compensation Help My Child?
To care for a child with cerebral palsy can be enormously challenging, both financially and on your physical and emotional health too. The government has put in place a system of support to help deal with the stress. Parents of cerebral palsy children have a legal right to support provided through the Department of Health and your local authority. This may include a community care assessment to assess his or her needs and the assistance that may be required by the family or carers, which may include access to social services.
Yet this help has its limits, and many parents find that government support is not enough to manage all of a child’s needs, which may vary over time. Some children with cerebral palsy will need continuous, lifetime care. This is where compensation can help. It is a legal way to make amends for wrongdoing, and help ensure that your child has the best quality of life possible, and can live it to the fullest.
Compensation can be paid in a way to suit you – whether as a lump sum, or in periodic payments. In the case of cerebral palsy, it is paid out to help cover the following costs caused by the condition:
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Assistive Equipment
- Appropriate accomodation for the child and their family
- Special Educational Needs
- Your time off work (loss of earnings)
How Much Will I Get When Suing For Cerebral Palsy Compensation?
Generally, cerebral palsy cases are some of the most valuable out there, because any payout has to cover the lifetime costs of raising a child. This must also ensure the other needs arising directly from their disability are managed. The costs for this can be enormous. We have known past claims to pay anywhere between £1-7 million, dependent on the circumstances.
The figures given are based on your injuries and also other factors, such as psychological problems and missed time at work. In most cases, the more evidence which can be gathered, the more a claim can pay out!
How Do I Make A Claim For Cerebral Palsy Compensation?
First, all you need to do is call us for a free consultation. We’re here to help. We can advise you on how likely you are to succeed, and if you like what we have to say, we can work for you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis. You can leave your details here on our site and we’ll call you back at a time when you’re free to talk about a cerebral palsy claim. Alternatively, you can call us or write a message to us using the ‘Live Chat’ feature on this site. A consultation with us is completely free of charge, without obligation.
Cerebral Palsy Resources
Our guide to Cerebral Palsy was written to provide detailed information on the types, causes, and coping with the condition, alongside more detailed information about what making a claim entails. Coping with the aftermath of birthing injuries as a result of medical negligence is often extremely traumatic and may cause a number of negative consequences in all aspects of the victim’s life. Our guide to Coping With Infant Birthing Injuries was written to help individuals come to terms with what has happened and to find the cerebral palsy support they need.
Alternatively, we’ve prepared a quick-fire factsheet on the key information you need to know about claiming for Cerebral Palsy, which you can view here.
Cerebral Palsy Support
PACE is a children’s charity that seeks to transform the lives of children and young people with motor disorders like cerebral palsy. Its fundamental approach is a belief in every child’s ability to learn and make progress, whatever the physical or sensory challenges they face.
Cerebralpalsy.org.uk is a net-based resource providing help, information, support and advice for those affected by cerebral palsy, which also campaigns to raise awareness and improve services provided to those with the condition.