World Cerebral Palsy Day, which is taking place on Sunday 6 October 2019, aims to celebrate people with cerebral palsy, raise awareness of the condition and produce tangible outcomes that can improve the lives of those with cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood and affects around 17 million people worldwide. Cerebral palsy can affect different parts of the body and the physical impact can range from limitation of movement on one side of the body to complete lack of voluntary movement. There is currently no known cure for cerebral palsy.

There are certain risk factors that can increase the chances of a child being born with cerebral palsy, such as exposure to toxins before conception, parental age and paternal health. However, complications and injury during birth can also lead to a child being diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Supporting families affected by cerebral palsy

Thompsons Solicitors is committed to supporting individuals and the families of those affected by cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence.

Our client, Stephen, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after he was severely brain damaged during birth. The failure of medical staff to identify that Stephen’s mum needed to be kept in hospital at 38 weeks due to her uterine fibroids resulted in Stephen being deprived of oxygen for 45 minutes, suffering severe brain damage and cerebral palsy. Stephen’s father contacted Thompsons to help secure a settlement for the family to adapt their home. Read more about Stephen’s story here.

Linda Millband, national practice lead of the clinical negligence team at Thompsons Solicitors, said: “World Cerebral Palsy Day offers a vital platform to help raise awareness of a disability which affects a staggering number of people in the UK.

“Through our work with children like Stephen and their parents, affected as a result of medical negligence, we know the importance of ensuring that cerebral palsy sufferers have access to the same opportunities as anyone else and that the needs of each individual can vary vastly depending on the severity of their disability.

“In some cases, children diagnosed with cerebral palsy may require adaptations to their home to meet their mobility needs and they may also need full-time care. That’s why we work with a range of client support coordinators, charities and support organisations to ensure that our clients receive the immediate and long term support they need when they need it.”

Thompsons' specialist solicitors are here to talk

If your family has been affected by cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence, contact our specialist solicitors for legal advice about making a claim. Alternatively, visit our cerebral palsy claims page for more information about the support we offer.