Cerebral Palsy compensation claims can offer a lifetime of financial security for the child and it enables carers to be able to provide their children with the best possible equipment and treatment. Cerebral Palsy is a brain injury or malformation that occurs when the brain is developing in a baby. This can happen before, during or after birth. The term cerebral palsy covers a wide range of conditions that affect a child’s brain and nervous system. Although the condition affects the muscles in the body, it is, in fact, the part of the brain that actually controls these muscles that are damaged.

Statistics show that 1 in 400 children in the UK are born with this condition. The children have difficulties with movement and hearing, as well as speech and hearing problems. They will also have learning difficulties. There are several types of cerebral palsy, three of these are:

  • Spastic cerebral palsy - this accounts for around 70 - 80% of cases. It presents with increased muscle tone and results in very stiff limbs.
  •  Athetoid cerebral palsy – this causes involuntary movements in the arms, legs and hands.
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy – this impairs balance and coordination.

When faced with the diagnosis most parents are distraught, however, after the initial shock has worn off most want to know how this happened to their child. There are many reasons why it does happen and many pertain to medical negligence.

The main causes are:

  • A failure of medical staff to diagnose an infection in either the mother or the infant during pregnancy.
  • A traumatic labour, where the child is starved of oxygen to the brain either before, during or after birth.
  • A delay in the delivery causing a deprivation of oxygen.
  • A failure to diagnose bleeding in the child’s brain or a misdiagnosis.
  • A failure to diagnose and treat jaundice.
  • A failure to diagnose and treat meningitis.
  • A failure to diagnose and treat hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar).

This list is not extensive and there are many other reasons. The amount of compensation paid for a child contracting cerebral palsy through medical negligence is invariably substantial. The reason for this is a cerebral palsy compensation claim is intended to cover the lifetime of care that the child will need. It can go some way to help improve the child’s quality of life, by ensuring that their carers can afford to purchase necessary equipment, as well as obtain the best treatment and education for their child. 

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