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Cerebral Palsy Claims

Cerebral Palsy Claims

If medical negligence during or after labour caused your child to develop cerebral palsy, securing compensation can help to cover the costs of the lifelong care and support they'll need. 

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What are cerebral palsy claims?

Cerebral Palsy Claims

What are the common causes of cerebral palsy?

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What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?

  • Their head seems particularly stiff or floppy 
  • They arch their back and neck excessively as if trying to push you away 
  • Their legs become rigid, and they either cross them or move them apart from each other 

How is cerebral palsy treated?

  • Pharmaceutical: Your child’s doctor might prescribe medicines that can relax stiff muscles, making it easier for your child to move around and do everyday things. 
  • Physical therapy: Therapy is also a popular option. Physical therapy will help your child become stronger and more flexible, while occupational therapy will help them with everyday tasks like getting dressed. Speech and language therapy can also help your child better express themselves. 
  • Surgery: This is not always needed but can relieve muscle tightness or fix awkward bone positions. 
  • Support equipment: To help your child’s mobility and comfort, you might be offered aids like a brace for their legs or a special chair that makes sitting down more comfortable. 

Can I claim for cerebral palsy?

How we handle cerebral palsy compensation claims

Cerebral palsy cases

  • Baby born in 2006: Our claimant’s child suffered grade 1 hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) resulting in permanent brain injury.  After obtaining expert evidence from obstetricians, gynaecologists, midwifery consultant, neuroradiologists, and paediatric neurologists, our client was awarded a lifetime settlement of £17 million. 
  • Discount Rate change discusses how this change raised the award for a client whose 10-year old girl has cerebral palsy from £3.8 million to £9.3 million. 
  • Final Independent Maternity Review Report on Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust’s maternity department looks at the medical negligence that led to hundreds of baby deaths and serious injuries, including cerebral palsy. 

Cerebral palsy solicitors

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Trevor Ward
Partner & Head of Birth Injury Unit

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Trevor Ward
Partner & Head of Birth Injury Unit

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Why Choose Fletchers?

  • Identify the mistakes and oversights that led to your child’s condition 
  • Assess your child’s lifelong needs so they have the care they need and the opportunity to live the fullest life 
  • Secure the right amount of compensation so that you can meet the costs of long-term care and face the future with confidence 

Cerebral Palsy Claims – Frequently Asked Questions

Can you sue the NHS for cerebral palsy?

You can sue the NHS if your child develops cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence during or after childbirth. Fletchers Solicitors represents clients who sue the NHS for cerebral palsy compensation on a no-win, no-fee basis.

How much time do I have to claim?

In most cases of medical negligence, you have three years to make a claim from the date of negligence, or the date you became aware that negligence had taken place, However, in cases involving a child or where the person affected does not have mental capacity, this three-year time limit may not apply.

How much does it cost to make a claim?

Fletchers Solicitors represents clients pursuing cerebral palsy medical negligence compensation claims on a no-win, no-fee basis. In other words, you only pay a penny if our attempt to secure your compensation is successful. If your claim is successful, we charge an agreed percentage of the total compensation awarded to you, and our team will advise you on this during the course of your legal case.

How much compensation can you get for cerebral palsy?

The amount of compensation you can claim if your child develops cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence or malpractice during or after childbirth varies according to how severe your child’s condition is.

Like all serious injury claims, the more severe the condition, the higher the compensation.

There are two parts to your compensation claim – compensation for the injury and compensation to mitigate the financial challenges and hardships your family may experience as a result of your child’s condition.

Brain injury compensation varies greatly from between £15,320 and £43,060 for mild damage to the brain up to between £282,010 and £403,990 for injuries that affect a person’s overall standard of living. If your child has epileptic seizures as a result of their cerebral palsy, they may receive between £10,640 and £150,110 depending on the type and severity of epilepsy they experience.

The financial portion of your compensation award will pay for expenses like professional care costs, medical expenses not met by the NHS, mobility aids and alterations to your property and vehicle. If you have to give up work to look after your child, loss of earnings, including pension contributions, will be reflected in the compensation award.

If your cerebral palsy medical negligence case is successful, you will likely receive a lump sum payment initially, followed by monthly payments for the rest of your child’s life.

What can you pay for with cerebral palsy compensation?

You may use the compensation you’re awarded for your child’s cerebral palsy to pay for the following:

  • The cost of a professional carer if you need support and/or someone to look after your child when you’re at work 
  • Private medical treatments like physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy that the NHS does not offer 
  • Mobility aids like wheelchairs and hoists 
  • Travel costs to and from medical and other related appointments 
  • Adaptations to your property to make their life easier 
  • Adaptations to your vehicle to make it suitable for your child or replacement of your existing vehicle with an adapted vehicle 

What types of cerebral palsy are there?

  • Spastic diplegia/diparesis: This mainly affects the legs and can make walking difficult. 
  • Spastic hemiplegia/hemiparesis: Muscles on one side of the body are often very tight, making movement difficult. Fine motor skills on the impacted side can be affected in more severe cases. 
  • Spastic quadriplegia/quadriparesis: This type of spastic cerebral palsy affects the legs, the trunk and the face. This is the most severe form, and people with this condition often can’t walk. There may also be other health issues like problems seeing, hearing or speaking, seizures and intellectual disability. 
  • Dyskinetic: People with this form of cerebral palsy experience real challenges with controlling the movement of their legs, arms, feet and hands, so sitting and walking are very difficult. 
  • Ataxia: Ataxia affects a person’s balance and coordination, making walking unsteady. They can also struggle with precise movements, making tasks like writing much harder. 
  • Mixed: Many people with cerebral palsy have more than one type of cerebral palsy. They are statistically more likely to be spastic-dyskinetic when that’s the case.
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If your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by inadequate and negligent medical care during and after birth, then you could be entitled to compensation.

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