Cerebral Palsy is the general term for a number of neurological conditions. These conditions affect the person’s ability to move and coordinate. The disability is caused by problems in the brain and nervous system.
Cerebral Palsy can occur if the brain develops abnormally or is damaged before, during or shortly after birth. Such damage can be caused by infection caught by the mother during pregnancy, by a difficult or premature birth, by bleeding in the baby’s brain, or by a variety of other causes – many of which are still not properly understood.
The symptoms of Cerebral Palsy normally become apparent during the first three years of a child’s life. Some children will grow up only to have minor problems, whereas others will be severely disabled, possibly dependant upon others and in a wheelchair for the rest of their life.
People with Cerebral Palsy may (but do not necessarily) suffer from epilepsy as well. Some have problems swallowing or communicating. Some have learning difficulties.
If a child’s Cerebral Palsy has been caused because of either of the following, he or she may have a claim for compensation:
- Difficulties at birth caused by mismanagement of the labour by the professionals attending his or her mother.
- Incorrect advice or treatment given during the pregnancy or to a baby being cared for on special care baby unit.
As Cerebral Palsy is a lifelong condition a child may need specialised healthcare, help at school and special equipment. The parents may need support at home and may need to move to a different house where they can look after their child’s care needs rather better.
For this reason, claims for compensation for Cerebral Palsy caused by clinical negligence tend to be very complex claims and can be worth a great deal of money.
At Barlow Robbins we have a reputation within the profession for our action in this field. Do contact us if you think we can help.