Cerebral palsy claims are complex and almost always technically difficult. Most are very high value because compensation, where available, will have to fund lifelong needs including specialist care, support equipment and the adapted accommodation that will be needed to allow as full an enjoyment of life as possible.
Just as there are different types of cerebral palsy, there are a number of different possible causes of this life long and life changing condition. Each brings a unique set of challenges. Our senior solicitors are experts in cerebral palsy compensation claims and highly experienced in handling these most complex cases. They will help you identify whether you can bring a claim and, if cerebral palsy resulted from avoidable medical or midwifery negligence, expertly guide you through to achieving the best result possible provided by law.
For some children, cerebral palsy is due to a genetic error, while in others it has been associated with prematurity, multiple pregnancy or maternal infection during pregnancy. In most instances nothing could have been done to prevent the condition from occurring and so the law provides no remedy.
However, for a small but significant number of children, cerebral palsy was avoidable and can be shown to have been caused by sub-standard management of the mother's pregnancy, the delivery itself or poor neonatal care. In these cases the law provides a right to make a claim for compensation to help meet the cost of bringing up a child or looking after an adult with cerebral palsy. Predictably, such cases are often strenuously defended from the outset and sadly complaints procedures do not always provide much needed answers to questions such as “what went wrong?” and “could this have been avoided?”.
Parents whose child is given a diagnosis of cerebral palsy will face an uncertain future. Working closely with your family, medical experts, therapists, equipment suppliers , support workers, accommodation experts and a host of other advisers our expert senior cerebral palsy solicitors ensure that you need not face a lifetime of challenges alone. Quality of lives can be changed beyond recognition with individually tailored cerebral palsy support packages funded by a successful compensation claim. Our team understand that when asked, every parent of a child with cerebral palsy says they would gladly pay back any compensation in a heartbeat if they could turn back the clock and have a healthy baby. We also understand that making a claim is a poor second best option in comparison and something most parents do with a heavy heart. In such circumstances, finding answers to questions about what happened, working out whether a claim can be made and, if so, seeking compensation to help rebuild uncertain futures requires expert legal assistance.
So if the unimaginable has actually happened, and you are wondering how you might move forwards after a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, speak to a senior member of our team who can share the benefit of their long experience with you and help make sense of the options open to you.