Cerebral palsy (CP) is a condition that affects muscle movement and coordination. There is no cure, although physiotherapy and occupational therapy can help those with the condition to live as independent a life as possible. Our specialist medical negligence solicitors can assist those affected by cerebral palsy that has been caused by a hospital error during delivery. If you would like to speak to someone call for a free initial conversation on 0800 916 9049 or contact us online.
Our team of experts will guide you through the legal process and will be there with you ever step of the way.
We not only pride ourselves on getting you the best possible outcome to your claim, but also in ensuring that your child receives the best possible treatment, equipment, accommodation and practical assistance, to enable them to grow up and live as independently as possible.
What causes Cerebral Palsy during a delivery?
CP can be caused by an underdevelopment of a child’s brain whilst they’re in the womb, which may be as a result of an infection in the early part of pregnancy. CP can also be caused by a brain injury that occurs during or shortly after birth. Such brain injuries may result from a lack of oxygen to the brain or a bleed on the brain.
What are the symptoms of Cerebral Palsy?
As CP affects muscle movement and coordination, it’s often difficult to identify a child’s symptoms until they begin to grow and develop. There are noticeable symptoms as a child develops:
- Delays in sitting, crawling and walking
- Weak limbs
- Jerky, clumsy or random uncontrolled movements
- Walking on tip toes
- Appearing stiff or floppy
- Difficulties with eating, such a swallowing
- Poor speech development
- Impaired vision
If your child suffers from any of these symptoms, it doesn’t mean that they have CP. However, if you are concerned about your child’s development, you should seek advice from your GP who will be able to refer your child to a specialist for tests.
What cases of cerebral palsy during pregnancy and birth can result in a claim for clinical negligence?
If CP was caused as a result of the negligence of a medical professional, such as a GP, doctor or midwife, then you may have a claim for compensation.
There are a number of ways in which medical professionals can make mistakes which cause CP, such as:
- Failure to diagnose an infection
- Failure to monitor the baby’s heart rate
- Failure to monitor blood sugar levels
- Delays in delivering the baby (also by Caesarean Section)
- Misuse of drugs
- Poor treatment of jaundice
- Complications with the umbilical cord cutting off oxygen
Is there a time limit on bringing a claim?
Any compensation claim on behalf of a child has a limitation of three years from their date of their 18th birthday. However, if a child is without the mental capacity to bring a claim when they become an adult, this limit does not apply.
Why speak with Slater and Gordon about a Medical Negligence Claim?
As one of the largest Clinical Negligence Law Firms in the UK, we are in very strong position to use all our combined legal expertise to get the best possible results for people injured by medical negligence, through no fault of their own. As one of the best known law firms in the UK we have offices in London, Manchester, Watford, Liverpool, Chester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Preston, Wakefield and Wrexham.
Solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers are members of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the UK charity for patient safety and justice, and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
If your child has been affected by a cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence, you may be entitled to a compensation claim. For a free initial consultation with one of our medical negligence lawyers call is on 0800 916 9049 or contact us online.