Cerebral palsy compensation claims

We have a team of disability rights and medical negligence solicitors who specialise in offering advice and support to people living with cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is a complicated condition that often comes with significant additional caring needs. Providing or funding the care someone is likely to need can be very expensive and have a big impact on one’s family life. Our lawyers have helped hundreds of families understand what may have been the cause of their cerebral palsy diagnosis, access additional support and, where relevant, make a compensation claim.

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Understanding cerebral palsy

Cerebral Palsy describes a group of conditions that affect someone’s ability to move properly and maintain balance and posture. The term cerebral means linked to the brain and the term palsy describes disorders linked to muscle movement.  It can develop naturally because of abnormal brain activity before birth or unnaturally as the result of a brain injury caused during or after birth. In some cases cerebral palsy is caused by a medical mistake or negligence that takes place closely before, during or after birth. Some of the common mistakes that can cause cerebral palsy include:  This could include:

  • failure to inform parents about risks such as those involved in choosing to give birth away from a hospital.
  • failure to monitor the baby’s heartbeat / react to signs of baby’s distress 
  • failure to monitor foetus and where needed arrange for earlier delivery / delivery via c – section 
  • failure to respond appropriately to the umbilical cord being caught around the baby’s neck
  • failure to treat  an infection caught by a mother during pregnancy
  • failure to monitor and manage conditions or infections that develop after birth including hypoglycemia or contracting meningitis, group b strep or jaundice. 

The condition affects children in different ways. In mild cases a child’s life may barely be impacted by their cerebral palsy. In more severe cases they may face significant delays in reaching development milestones, have learning difficulties, behavioural issues and physical disabilities affecting their long term independence and development.

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Your rights and eligibility

If you or your child have Cerebral Palsy we may be able to help you. A member of our team will be happy to have a free, confidential discussion with you to understand if the medical care you or your child received may have been negligent. During this discussion we can also explore if you are in receipt of all relevant community health support and health and welfare benefits you may be entitled to.

How can compensation help?

A compensation claim aims to put someone back to the position they would have been had the negligent event that caused them harm or injury not happened. What this means is that the compensation is meant to cover for all the additional expenses you may have to make to meet the needs caused by the injury.

Cerebral palsy compensation is often millions of pounds. That is because the cost of getting all the support needed in place and covering the cost of therapies can be very significant.

Living with cerebral palsy can have significant effects on someone’s life in the long term and impact on things like how independently they can live as adults or what job, if any, they will be able to do. Some of the things you can claim for include:

  • dedicated caring support to meet full time needs
  • home adaptations and equipment such as hoists or a wetroom
  • the purchase of an accessible property
  • the cost of therapies included but not limited to physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and occupation therapy
  • private healthcare and treatments where these will be beneficial
  • mobility aids including wheelchairs and vehicles
  • the funds to cover the cost of special educational needs – privately funded education/support to access education advice and support
  • funds to support them when they are adults if their disability means that they will be unable to work
Trusted expertise

As expert solicitors focusing on serious injury, medical negligence, mental capacity and education, you can trust us to get the best results for you.

We know how hard it is to deal with the harm you or a loved one has suffered. We’ll support you with empathy every step of the way.

We can help you on a no win no fee basis, meaning you don’t need to worry about funding legal costs

Our support doesn’t end after a claim. We can help you with your financial affairs after settlement and introduce you to charities and organisations that might be able to help you going forward.

Choosing a lawyer for your cerebral palsy claim

Having the right expert by your side can make a massive difference on how successful your claim will be and the amount of compensation you get.

Many members of our team hold AvMA or Law Society accreditations. We are also ranked as a Tier 1 firm for medical negligence in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 which are independent directories evaluating and ranking the quality of the work of lawyers.

We also have a relationship with multiple charities supporting people living with cerebral palsy around the country including multiple conductive education centres.

We are one of few firms around the country that have a Legal Aid certificate for this type of work so depending on your financial circumstances you may be able to access funding to cover the cost of your legal advice and representation. If legal aid is not available we will explore other funding options like using your legal expenses insurance if you have it or offer support on a no win no fee basis. 

We regularly secure multi million pound compensation awards for our clients and have helped hundreds of families make a cerebral palsy claim. Please contact us to have a free, confidential and no obligation chat with our  team. You have nothing to lose and everything to win.

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Cerebral palsy compensation FAQs

The amount of compensation for cerebral palsy claims can be very substantial.- The more serious the impact on your or your child’s life, the larger the compensation award is likely to be. That is because the compensation is meant to cover all the additional needs the negligence has caused.

Compensation awards are made up of two elements: general damages and special damages. General damages are paid to compensate for pain and suffering – and the amount awarded usually closely follows set guidelines.

Special damages are paid according to the case put by your solicitor. This will outline the specific needs the negligence has caused and the costs involved in meeting those.

In most cases, it is possible to bring a cerebral palsy negligence claim at any point up to a child’s 21st birthday and, in some cases, even beyond that.

That is because when a child is injured, the three year “limitation period” on their right to claim does not start until they are 18 (and ends when they are 21).

However, if your child has lost mental capacity (the ability to make decisions for themselves) it may be that there is no limitation period at all.

Doctors must not treat you differently if you make a compensation claim and most would never be inclined to.

Compensation is there to help people who have suffered through no fault of their own and is intended to help them cope with the consequences of what has happened to them.

It is part of the obligation of any medical professional to always provide you and your child with the best standard of care.

It’s natural to worry about making a compensation claim and how it will be perceived, but there is really no reason to feel guilt. Medical professionals have insurance to ensure that if a mistake is made the people who suffer are properly looked after.

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