What is Cerebral Palsy?

It is not a particular disease or illness.

The term cerebral palsy implies the affected individual has a persistent but evolving disorder of movement and motor function secondary to there being a non progressive brain abnormality.

That is to say a physical condition that affects movement as a result of injury to the brain.

There are three main types of cerebral palsy:

  • Spastic cerebral palsy – some of the muscles in the body are tight, stiff and weak making control difficult.
  • Athetoid cerebral palsy – muscle control is affected by spontaneous movements and posture is affected.
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy – problems with balance, shaky movements of hands or feet and difficulty with speech.

Common problems include difficulty using and controlling muscles, walking, writing eating, talking and dressing. Problems occur with balance and coordination, posture hearing, learning and epilepsy.

Whilst there is no medical cure that can repair a damaged brain, therapy and treatment and aids / equipment can assist in significantly improving quality of life.

A legal claim for compensation will include damages to cover specialist therapy and equipment and suitable housing.

How is it caused?

Cerebral palsy can be caused by problems during the gestation and birth of a baby but sometimes the cause is unclear.

Why investigate a legal claim?

If sub standard care during pregnancy or birth can be proved to have caused the cerebral palsy, damages can be sought to cover the costs of care to ensure an improved quality of life and financial security for the future lifetime of the child. Damages can also be awarded on a periodic payment basis linked to the lifetime of the child.

What are the first steps of a legal claim?

You need to consider time limits and funding. You need expert legal advice from a firm of solicitors who have experience in handling cerebral palsy claims. Normally an expert medical opinion will be required on the standard of care received and this will be based on clinical examination and the medical records of the mother and baby.


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