Our Clinical and Medical Negligence lawyers specialise in birth injury compensation claims and have represented a number of families who have been sadly affected by cerebral palsy (CP).
Cerebral palsy is an injury to the brain causing problems with movement that you see in early childhood. Children often have poor coordination, stiff muscles, weak muscles and tremors. They can have problems with sensation, vision, hearing, swallowing and talking. You tend to notice that babies with Cerebral palsy do not roll over, crawl or walk as children of a similar age.
Causes of cerebral palsy
One of the main causes of cerebral palsy is what we call a hypoxic brain injury during childbirth. This is where the baby’s brain gets starved of oxygen. Sometimes this cannot be prevented or it is impossible to work out what has caused the baby to be injured. However, negligent mistakes by doctors and midwives can lead to a child sustaining a hypoxic brain injury. Errors that can result in claims include:
- allowing labour to go on for too long
- not properly monitoring the baby’s heartbeat
- not doing enough cardiotocography (CTG) traces
- interpreting CTG traces incorrectly
- failing to respond to the umbilical cord being wrapped around the baby’s neck
- delaying a caesarean section
- missing signs of foetal distress such as meconium
How we can help
Raising a child with cerebral palsy is extremely difficult and many families cannot afford the expensive and essential equipment, care assistance, education and home adaptations required to help the child live a fulfilling life. We understand the importance of taking your child’s needs into account when presenting their compensation claim and we fight robustly to secure a settlement that is in their best interests.
Our birth injury lawyers and solicitors have regularly secured multi-million pound compensation awards. Our Head of Clinical Negligence, Robert Rose, is ranked as a Tier 1 expert in Clinical and Medical Negligence in the legal directories. In 2010 he achieved one of the largest ever settlements for a child suffering from birth related cerebral palsy.
We support cerebral palsy clients nationwide and often visit clients at their home or at hospital.
If you have a child with cerebral palsy and you would like to discuss making a cerebral palsy compensation claim, please call our birth injury lawyers in the Clinical and Medical Negligence team on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat. Alternatively, you can complete the request a call back form and we will call you.