Claiming Compensation for a Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury

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If your child has sustained a Cerebral Palsy birth injury, you may be entitled to compensation, to get the care and support they will need throughout their life.

Why Claim Compensation?

While Cerebral Palsy is rarely life-threatening, the impact of the condition on a child and their family can be huge, affecting their quality of life and putting them under significant long-term financial pressure.

If your child has sustained a brain injury that led to Cerebral Palsy and you believe it was the result of medical negligence, you may be entitled to compensation and rehabilitation support.

The compensation can cover the cost of care and support the child may need, such as physiotherapy, technology, medication and any home adaptations that need to be made. A compensation settlement can also reflect any loss of earnings suffered by the family.

In order to make a successful birth injury claim, you need to demonstrate that the standard of medical care provided fell below an acceptable level, and that this directly caused your child’s birth injury. Our Medical Negligence Solicitors have considerable experience, and can help you establish and present your case, with a clear focus on the central issues.

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How Long Do I Have to Make a Claim?

If you are making a birth injury claim on behalf of your child, you must do so before they reach the age of 18. If a claim isn’t brought within this timeframe, then your child can make a claim in their own right up until the age of 21.

However, there is no time limit on when a birth injury claim can be brought if a child lacks the mental capacity to handle their own affairs. Similarly, if you’re claiming on behalf of an adult and they lack capacity, then there is no time limit on when you can claim compensation.

Claiming for a Cerebral Palsy birth injury can be complex as a number of independent medical experts will need to consider the medical records and provide opinion on whether the care provided was negligent. This will include one or more independent medical specialists in disciplines such as midwifery, obstetric, paediatric and radiology, who can assess the full extent of your child’s injuries, which will help us determine how much compensation should be awarded.

Care, rehabilitation and other occupational therapies will also be required in order to assess the full extent of your child’s injuries.

Our Medical Negligence Solicitors will undertake all the necessary investigations, run your case and arrange appointments with the appropriate medical specialists, providing you with support and clear, straightforward information throughout the whole claims process.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy refers to a set of neurological conditions that affect a child’s movement and coordination. It is caused by damage to the brain that takes place either before birth, during the delivery or shortly after birth.

There are different levels of severity, which means the symptoms of Cerebral Palsy can vary from child to child. In some cases, a child may display fairly minor symptoms, have problems walking or have impaired motor skills. But in other cases, a child may be profoundly disabled and require lifelong care.

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