Cerebral palsy – a brain injury caused by lack of oxygen at birth and the most common severe motor disability of childhood – is devastating to families, particularly where it has been caused by avoidable mistakes.
A general term applied to conditions that cause movement problems, the most common type is spastic cerebral palsy where the muscles are stiff and rigid in one or more limbs. The effects range from mild to severe and in some cases there will be associated problems such as learning difficulties or epilepsy.
Depending on the type of cerebral palsy and the area of brain affected, a child may not be able to walk, move, talk, eat, or play in the same ways as other children. The main aim of treatment is to limit limb deformities as far as possible, and to provide an appropriate care package (rehabilitation, therapists etc.) so that the child can reach its full potential.
Support for investigating a Cerebral Palsy compensation claim
Of course no amount of damages can turn back the clock, but brain injured children and their families deserve the best possible treatment and financial security. Any compensation that might be due will cover future care and costs, for example providing more appropriate accommodation, transport, education and any other long term care and support required.
If you believe that you your child’s condition was caused by medical negligence at the time of their birth, one of our experienced and sensitive personal injury solicitor members will be able to help should you choose to pursue a claim for compensation.
For an example of how Brain Injury Group members can support a claim for Cerebral Palsy compensation as a result of birth asphyxia caused by medical negligence during labour, read Ryan’s story here.
If you are thinking about making a compensation claim, read this to make sure you get the right legal advice.
Cerebral Palsy | a journey for life conference
The programme, delivered by a panel of highly regarded experts, covered health, education and legal topics with the focus very much on what can be achieved by people with cerebral palsy with the right support in place.
How can the Brain Injury Group help you?
If you’ve been affected by brain injury and need free legal or welfare advice, there are several ways to get in touch:
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