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Cerebral Palsy - Claims

There can be many problems that can occur during pregnancy and during the birth of your baby, with Cerebral Palsy being just one of them. Medical errors or mistakes in the handling of your pregnancy or delivery of your baby can sometimes be the cause of brain injuries such as Cerebral Palsy.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is the name given to a group of conditions which cause problems with movement and co-ordination, and which occurs as a result of brain damage either before, during, or shortly after birth.

What causes Cerebral Palsy?

The brain damage may have been caused by a lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain during birth or shortly afterwards as a result of mistakes made by either the doctors or midwives. If those mistakes were avoidable then your child may have suffered a birth injury and you may be able to pursue a medical negligence claim.

For example there may have been a failure to:

  • recognise and treat an infection during pregnancy
  • recognise and treat pre-eclampsia
  • recognise ruptured membranes and treat this appropriately with antibiotics A delay in delivery causing oxygen starvation
  • diagnose and treat jaundice
  • diagnose and treat low blood sugars

Cerebral Palsy can also be caused by a number of conditions that are not anyone’s fault, such as genetic problems, premature birth, malformations of the brain and infection. It can also be the case that a baby may have suffered a stroke or a bleed on the brain whilst it is growing in the womb.

Why a solicitor could help you and your child

Whilst there is no cure for Cerebral Palsy there are treatments and therapies available that can help families’ mange the impact of cerebral palsy symptoms such as spasticity, improving communication skills and finding other ways to do things.

We understand that caring for a child with a catastrophic injury is both stressful and demanding and can have a severe strain on the financial, psychological and physical health of the whole family.

Our medical negligence team are recognised experts in conducting high value, catastrophic brain injury claims. With the involvement of specialists such a care and occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, educational and psychological experts, and accommodation experts, we will help you to secure a financial settlement that will provide both financial security and a care package ensuring that your child’s life-long care needs will be met.

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