Cerebral Palsy Claims
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Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition which can make everyday living difficult, but a successful cerebral palsy claim can unlock expert support and care.
Our clinical negligence experts have experience with the complexity of cerebral palsy claims. Speak to a specialist cerebral palsy solicitor today, and find out how we can help.
WE REPRESENTED BABY NICHOLAS IN HIS CLAIM AND PROVED THAT HIS BIRTH INJURIES WERE CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE.
During labour baby Nicholas’s mother was put on a CTG trace to monitor the baby’s heart-beat. The trace was abnormal and showed that the baby’s heart rate kept dropping. This meant that she should have been taken urgently to theatre and had a Caesarian section. Due to the delay Nicholas suffered a lack of oxygen (hypoxia) and was born in a very poor condition. His ‘Apgars’ (a measure of his condition at birth) were only one at one minute and four at five minutes.
Nicholas suffered a serious injury to the brain because of this delay. He now has quadriplegic athetoid cerebral palsy. He is extremely disabled with little use of his arms and legs and needs a wheelchair. He requires help with all aspects of daily life including feeding, washing and dressing and needs support from a full-time live-in carer helped by a second carer for four additional hours a day. He also needs specially adapted housing which includes a wet room, space to get around in his wheelchair and hoists in different parts of the house.
How we Helped baby Nicholas
We were able to prove that his injuries were caused by negligence and negotiated damages of over £7 million.
Nicholas will be able to use the money to buy a house that can be specially adapted to his needs. He will also be able to set up a care regime for life to help him be as independent as possible. He can buy equipment to improve the quality of his life including technology to help him communicate and therapies that will ease his discomfort. The award has completely changed his life.
All names have been changed to protect the identities of the individuals
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is an injury to the brain that affects a child’s movement, affecting around one in every 400 children in the UK. It is usually caused when a child’s brain is damaged or develops an abnormality. It is a kind of brain damage that occurs only in children up to the age of five, and cannot be developed as an adult.
How long do I have to bring a cerebral palsy claim?
Often clients are worried that they have waited too long to bring a claim for cerebral palsy negligence, but you may have longer than you would expect. When a child has been injured, the three year “limitation period” on their right to claim does not start until they are 18 – it will end when they are 21. If your child has lost mental capacity and will never be able to look after themselves, it may be that there is no limitation period at all. If you have any questions or concerns about how this might affect your claim, please do contact us.
Who we work with - Cerebra
Cerebra are a charity whose research and support helps children with brain injuries across the UK. They offer many services to the parents of children with brain injuries, including a toy and book library, a Sleep Advice Service, downloadable guides, a legal rights service, and a dedicated Innovation Centre which is constantly finding new ways to improve the lives of people with brain injuries.
We’re proud to support the work of Cerebra through a corporate partnership.
Speak to a specialist cerebral palsy solicitor today
Cerebral palsy claims can be extremely complex and require the skills of specialists – expert cerebral palsy lawyers and the best independent medical witnesses.
Our medical negligence team is made up of expert cerebral palsy solicitors who can help to investigate your child’s treatment. We ensure that you understand each stage of the process and do everything we can to make the claim as stress-free as possible for you.
Call us now to find out how we can help.0800 044 8488