The term Cerebral Palsy refers to a condition where movement and motor functions are impaired due to a brain abnormality. The condition is progressive and can get worse with age, and is usually caused by a brain injury, which could be due to medical negligence.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
There are three types of Cerebral Palsy:
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy – this leads to tight, weak and stiff muscles, which are hard to control.
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy – this can cause shaky hands and feet, balance problems and difficulties with speech.
- Athetoid Cerebal Palsy – this is where the muscles suffer from spontaneous movements and posture can also be affected.
The condition can range from a mild, barely noticeable disability to a serious disability, where the patient requires 24-hour care for the rest of their life.
Causes of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy could be caused by sub-standard medical care during pregnancy or birth – during a mismanaged birth, the baby could suffer from lack of oxygen which causes brain damage. If this has happened to you, you could be able to claim damages to cover the cost of care, specialist treatment and equipment, to improve your child’s quality of life and provide them with financial security for the future.
Claiming for compensation
If you believe that your child’s Cerebral Palsy has been caused by medical negligence, then you could be eligible to make a birth injury claim for compensation. Cerebral Palsy claims often involve large sums of money, so it is essential to seek the services of a solicitor experienced with clinical negligence claims. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have more than 13 years’ experience dealing with personal injury and medical negligence claims, and we are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard, so you know you’re in safe hands.
Our freephone helpline is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 , so you can call for a confidential chat with no obligation to proceed. If you do decide to proceed with your claim, we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service.
How we can help
Visit our website where you can try out our 30-second test, to see how much compensation you could be eligible to claim, or call us today and we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. Our friendly advisers have dealt with hundreds of cases just like yours, and we care about each and every one of our clients, so we’re happy to offer advice or to help you get the ball rolling on your claim.