Cerebral Palsy is characterised by an inability to fully control motor function. The symptoms can range from mild to severe and life changing. Cerebral Palsy affects approximately 2 out of every 1000 children. Cerebral Palsy can occur for non-negligent reasons, for example, babies that are born prematurely have a higher incidence of cerebral palsy compared to babies that are born full term. The condition may be caused by an infection in early pregnancy, abnormal brain development or a lack of oxygen to the brain. Cerebral Palsy is caused by the damage to the part of the brain that controls motor functions.
In some cases, the development of cerebral palsy may be as a result of negligent medical treatment. For example, a delay in the delivery of a baby can lead to oxygen deprivation and subsequent brain damage. A failure to utilise assistive technology during childbirth has the potential to cause brain damage.
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, there may be a prospective claim for clinical negligence. If so, you may be eligible for compensation which will help improve the quality of life for your child, and to assist with the cost of the life-long care needed.
Legal aid is available for neurological injuries for children in the first eight weeks of life. Duncan Lewis are one of the few law firms that have a legal aid franchise for birth injury cases and is the largest legal aid services provider in the UK. We also offer a Conditional Fee Agreement for claims where legal aid may not be available so you can rest assured that the best possible funding options will be considered for your claim.
We appreciate the difficulties that parents have to go through with a child with cerebral palsy. We will do out upmost to be flexible and work around your needs to bring a claim.
For a no-obligation, free telephone discussion, please contact our specialist team on 020 7923 4020.