Cerebral Palsy Claims
Although the majority of pregnancies and births happen without complication, when problems do arise, the consequences can be devastating for expectant parents and their newborns.
In most cases where there are problems during birth, these are sadly unavoidable. However, there are instances where families are failed by the medical staff in charge of their care, resulting in babies developing conditions such as cerebral palsy.
MAKING A CEREBRAL PALSY COMPENSATION CLAIM
Cerebral palsy compensation claims may arise if it can be proved that care provided by medical staff was at fault – in law we would need to show that they acted negligently. Our expert cerebral palsy solicitors are very aware that this will be a hugely difficult time for you. While we can provide legal expertise, you will also need access to specialist support and we will work with you to link you to those who can help.
QUESTIONS ABOUT MAKING A CEREBRAL PALSY CLAIM
1. What is cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a term used for neurological conditions affecting a child’s movement, which is caused by complications before, during or soon after delivery. Complications that can cause cerebral palsy include a bleed within the brain, lack of or limited oxygen supply to the brain, the mother catching an infection while pregnant or failure of a medical professional to diagnose conditions like hypoglycaemia in the mother during pregnancy.
2. What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?
The symptoms of cerebral palsy normally become noticeable during the first few years of a child’s life and can vary in severity. According to the NHS, symptoms can include:
• Walking on tip-toes
• Delays in reaching development milestones (e.g. not walking by 18 months old)
• Weak limbs
• Moving stiffly or being too floppy
• Uncontrolled movement
• Difficulty swallowing
• Issues with vision and speech
• Learning difficulties or behavioural problems
3. How common is cerebral palsy?
According to the charity Cerebral Palsy UK, 1 in 400 babies in the UK are estimated to be affected by cerebral palsy. With a birth rate exceeding 700,000 per year, figures suggest there could be as many as 1,800 cases of cerebral palsy each year.
4. My child has cerebral palsy. Can I claim cerebral palsy compensation?
To bring a cerebral palsy compensation claim, you need to prove that the negligence of medical professionals involved in your child’s birth were at fault – or negligent – and that this led to your child developing cerebral palsy. If you believe this to be the case, or if you want advice on whether this might be the case, you should seek legal advice from one of Thompsons’ expert cerebral palsy solicitors as soon as possible to discuss the details of your claim.
Call 0800 0 224 224 or fill out our free, no obligation claim form today to begin a cerebral palsy compensation claim.
5. How long do I have to start a cerebral palsy compensation claim?
Normally any type of personal injury claim (which include cerebral palsy claims) has to be made within three years of an injury or diagnosis; however this only applies to those aged 18 and above. If a child is under the age of 18, and they have suffered an injury like cerebral palsy, a parent or guardian can start a cerebral palsy claim on their behalf. A child has three years from the date they turn 18 to begin a compensation claim themselves.
There are only limited exceptions to this rule – if you have any questions, you should contact our cerebral palsy solicitors as soon as possible so that they can provide you with advice.
6. Why should I trust Thompsons Solicitors with my cerebral palsy compensation claim?
Our cerebral palsy solicitors understand that receiving a cerebral palsy diagnosis leaves parents feeling overwhelmed with the effect it will have on not only the child but the entire family. It can be challenging caring for a disabled child, but our empathetic medical negligence specialists can help ease the emotional and financial strain by signposting families to expert support groups and charities, while we carry on fighting hard to secure compensation which can go towards things such as medical care, therapy, special education and home adaptations if needed.
We believe that our principle of only ever acting for injured people also stands us apart from other law firms. We have never, and will never, act for insurers or defendants in personal injury claims, and this means we are totally on your side. There is no conflict for us about who we work for.
Our cerebral palsy solicitors are here to help. If you’d like to begin a cerebral palsy claim, look no further than Thompsons Solicitors.