Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition that many people can be born with. It often causes serious physical impairment in terms of speech, language and movement and can result in learning difficulties.
Cerebral Palsy Caused By Medical Negligence
The vast majority of people who have cerebral palsy have the condition before they are born, however, in some cases, it can be caused during the birthing process if there is a lack of oxygen which causes brain damage. This can sometimes be the fault of the medical staff who are looking after you and your child.
If this has happened to you or your child then you could be able to make a cerebral palsy compensation claim. To do so, however, it will be vital to prove that there was negligence by the person or people who were responsible for the medical care.
Some of the possible mistakes which may result in cerebral palsy are as follows:
- Lack of response by the medical team if a mother has high blood pressure during labour
- If forceps have been used incorrectly during birth
- Incorrect treatment of seizures suffered by a baby following birth
- If a caesarian section is not performed when foetal distress has been detected
- If a foetal heart rate is detected and there is a lack of action in response to this
- If a baby is left in the birth canal for too long, resulting in a lack of oxygen to the brain
- If there has been jaundice or meningitis that was not diagnosed early on
Effects Of Cerebral Palsy
Movement and motor function are the two main areas that are affected by someone who has cerebral palsy. The effects of cerebral palsy can vary a lot and people experience different degrees of disability from mild to more serious. The most common effects are those associated with muscle control; walking; writing and doing everyday tasks like getting dressed can be difficult or impossible for some people.
Although there is no cure for cerebral palsy, there are treatments available which can improve the quality of life for someone who has the condition. These include therapy, walking aids and equipment, however, these can be expensive on an ongoing basis.
Different Kinds Of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy affects the brain in different ways depending on where the damage is in the brain. Below are the different kinds of cerebral palsy:
- Spastic damage is the most common kind of impairment caused by cerebral palsy. It is characterised by stiff muscles and jerky movements caused by muscles receiving incorrect messages from the brain
- Dyskinetic cerebral palsy results in involuntary movements like twisting, irregular and repetitive actions caused by damage to the basal ganglia of the brain where messages are received
- Ataxia is the least common kind of cerebral palsy. It is caused by damage to the cerebellum and can bring about clumsiness and imprecision, disorganised and jerky movements as well as some balance problems and unsteadiness.
Starting A Cerebral Palsy Compensation Claim
All medical negligence claims tend to be more complex than those related to other kinds of personal injury and cerebral palsy compensation cases are no different. This does not mean it is not possible to make a claim, however first, it is advisable to speak to a qualified medical negligence solicitor.
If you believe that there was an error made during, before or after the birth of your child, we can organise an initial consultation to find out whether or not you qualify for personal injury compensation. Compensation can help you fund the specialist care you will need for your child and remove financial worries for the future. Because many negligence cases take time, in some cases, we can organise interim payments so that you can get the care you need for your children sooner rather than later.
Making A Medical Negligence Claim With Jefferies Personal Injury Lawyers
If you have any kind of medical negligence claim, please speak to our experienced clinical negligence solicitors at Jefferies. We are a team of no win, no fee personal injury lawyers who can help you receive the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to. Please call us on our national accident helpline or make an online enquiry using the form above.