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Cerebral Palsy Medical Negligence

When diagnosed with cerebral palsy many people think the reason is down to natural causes. However, cerebral palsy can be the permanent result of medical negligence.

There are different levels of cerebral palsy, but all can be life changing, not just for those who have the disorder, but for those who have to adjust to the condition. To think this life-altering condition could have been prevented can make you feel helpless and confused.

A new baby is challenging enough, even more so with parents who must adapt to the fact their child has a permanent disorder.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that impact a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. ‘Cerebral’ refers to anything related to the brain, while palsy involves a weakness or issue using the muscles.

Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability found in children and currently occurs in approximately 1 in 400 births in the UK. The condition is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that impacts on that person’s ability to control their muscles.

Unfortunately, the signs of cerebral palsy can vary significantly. While all cases are life-changing, symptoms can range from not being able to walk at all requiring lifelong care, to walking awkwardly or with special equipment.

All cerebral palsy cases suffer from movement and posture issues; however, some will also experience learning difficulties, seizures, and issues with vision, hearing or speech. Cerebral palsy does not get worse over time; however, symptoms can change throughout someone’s life.

How Can Medical Negligence Cause Cerebral Palsy?

  • A lack of oxygen – caused by a delay of delivery
  • A serious rise of Bilirubin in baby’s blood – a failure to diagnose and regulate can cause hyperbilirubinemia (closely recognised by jaundice)
  • Meningitis and hypoglycaemia being misdiagnosed, mistreated or a delay of diagnosis
These are just some of the examples where medical professionals can be the cause of cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Claim Time Constraints

If you are making a cerebral palsy claim on behalf of your child, you have until their 21st birthday to do so. This may sound like a long time, but if you believe there was anything that could have been avoided during the birthing process, it’s important to act quickly.

If your child is over 21, then the opportunity for cerebral palsy compensation will likely depend on how severe their symptoms are. If their symptoms are so severe that they are unable to make the claim themselves, then there is no time limit.

For those with the capacity to make claims themselves, the time limit is their 21st birthday.

Cerebral Palsy Compensation

The amount of compensation available for those unfortunate enough to suffer from cerebral palsy depends on several variables, not least the severity of the symptoms.

Each case will be judged individually, considering the person’s lifestyle and other requirements that will greatly impact the compensation received.

This could include home adaptations, physiotherapy, personal assistance or whatever is needed for the person concerned to live a comfortable life with their symptoms.

The Costs Involved with Cerebral Palsy Cases

This again is heavily judged on a case-by-case basis. No two individual cases will be the same, meaning the time and resources needed to obtain justice and appropriate compensation will be varied.

What we can guarantee, is that our cerebral palsy solicitors operate on a no win no fee basis, meaning we won’t ask for any money until justice is served. You can rest assured that we will work tirelessly to get the support and compensation you or your child deserves.

What Can You Claim for?

If you believe either you or an immediate family member has cerebral palsy that you believe could be as a result of poor medical care and medical negligence you may be entitled to claim compensatory damages.

Successful medical negligence cases can award cerebral palsy compensation in 3 parts:
  • A lump sum of money for the cerebral palsy itself
  • A calculated cost of a total loss of earnings: for any equipment, appointments (petrol/specialised transport), adjustments having to be made (transport/home), time off work, extra specialised care costs.
  • A calculated cost to future expenses: this will mainly mirror the above but take into account the longevity of the money.

Howells Solicitors and Cerebral Palsy Cases

Unfortunately, cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition, often with many complications.

While we can’t offer an absolute solution, we can promise that where there is a potential cerebral palsy claim, we will do whatever we can to get the maximum amount of compensation possible.

Please click here to read about the largest ever payout for a cerebral palsy case as a result of medical negligence.

If you’re unsure how to make a medical negligence claim, we can definitely help.

For more information, discuss your options with our cerebral palsy solicitors today.

Following negations with the defendant, Mr X was offered £250,000 gross of the interim payments of £52,009 to settle the claim. Mr X accepted this offer and was very thankful for our assistance with his claim.
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From start to finish my daughter’s medical negligence claim was handled brilliantly. Communication was excellent and her case was handled sensitively and professionally, with a successful outcome at the end.
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Paul Gander
Sue dealt with my personal injury claim with professionalism at all times. She kept both myself and my son fully informed throughout the process and always responded to queries quickly and efficiently. I would have no hesitation in using this firm again.

Stuart Marks
I recently used Howells' for a claim. After an initial telephone conversation, Amy (our assigned representative) went through the process of our potential claim. She outlined time frames and the strength of our case. We ended up receiving compensation above our expectations. I was thoroughly impressed the team from Howells and would have no hesitation in recommending them to others. They handled the whole process in a manner which inspired confidence, knowing that we were in good hands.

Simon Marks
Howells have been fantastic when dealing with my claim and i would recommend them to anyone. I would like to thank Sue for her outstanding service and patience throughout my case. You were great and I cannot thank you enough for the end result. Also thank you to Glendora and Amy for all your help. 5* service all round

Gavin Herbert
Life changing issues affected our daughter due to a misdiagnosis and then catalogue of errors. We are so grateful to Sue and the team and the lovely Glendora! Thank you so much for all your hard work, perseverance and pure doggedness. Hopefully this has saved another family from having to go through this! Amazing service from such nice people! Enjoy the hamper!

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If you or a loved one have suffered undue physical injury due to cerebral palsy medical negligence, please get in touch with our specialist team of cerebral palsy solicitors.
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Meet the Key Individuals

Sue Edwards
Sue Edwards

Head of Medical
Negligence and Personal
Injury Department
Cardiff Office

Thomas Stride
Thomas Stride

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence
Cardiff Office

Robert Jones
Robert Jones
Chartered Legal Executive (Fellow)

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence
Cardiff Office

Amy Downey
Amy Downey
Legal Assistant

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence

Glendora Hendrickson
Glendora Hendrickson
Personal Assistant

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence
Cardiff Office

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