Cerebral palsy appears in early childhood and can be caused through medical negligence during childbirth. The condition can affect many areas of a child’s life including their movement, speech and posture and can range in severity. Cerebral palsy can also shorten a patient’s life expectancy at its most severe.
Many of those living with severe cerebral palsy will require assistance and equipment which can be very expensive and is often unaffordable without financial help.
If the cerebral palsy was caused by medical negligence, making a claim for compensation can bring the financial assistance you need for you or your loved one to live life as comfortably as possible and to be able to access the necessary care.
If medical negligence is deemed to be the cause of the child’s cerebral palsy, the damage is likely to have occurred due to mistakes during labour or in the period immediately after birth. Medical negligence in this case is often through a failure to monitor the baby’s heartbeat, failure to deliver the baby quickly enough or through a failure to ensure the umbilical cord is not wrapped around the baby’s neck for a prolonged period.
At Farleys, we understand how devastating it can be to live with the effects of a condition caused by medical negligence and will do all we can to help you claim what you are entitled to in order to access care and equipment without the financial burden.
Making a Claim for Cerebral Palsy
Once your claim is brought to Farleys’ medical negligence team, our experienced solicitors will obtain full disclosure of the client’s medical records including records of heart monitoring of the baby and any brain scans such as MRI or CT scans in order to assess the claim.
We will also require witness statements from the mother and others present at the birth which can then be cross examined against medical records.
We use the countries leading medical experts to not only examine the events which took place, but also to focus on the impact that the injury has had on the baby. The types of experts may include:
- Paediatric Neurologists
- Consultant Paediatricians
- Care experts
- Counselling Support experts
- Education and learning specialists
- Occupational Therapists and neurophysiotherapsist