The birth of a child should be a time of happiness, excitement and celebration.
Unfortunately from time to time things can go wrong and this can lead to devastating consequences for the family. Hugh James cerebral palsy negligence and birth injury solicitors are here to help you.
Sadly when mistakes are made by medical professionals the result is pain, heartache and frustration for victims and their families alike. The Hugh James team of specialist medical negligence solicitors fully appreciate and understand the frustrations that are experienced in overcoming some of the many challenges faced by victims of birth injury and cerebral palsy negligence. It is down to our experience and skill that we are widely recognised as one of the country’s leading medical negligence legal teams.
Cerebral palsy is a term used to refer to a set of neurological conditions (conditions that affect the brain and nervous system). These conditions affect a child’s movement and coordination.
Cerebral palsy is caused by damage sustained to the brain. This damage may occur before, during, or after birth.
The symptoms of cerebral palsy can vary in nature. Some children may have problems mobilising while others will be severely disabled and require care for the rest of their lives. It is estimated that 1 in every 400 children is born with cerebral palsy.
The cause of cerebral palsy is damage to the part of the brain that controls our muscles, this particular part of the brain is known as the cerebrum.
The cerebrum is responsible for a number of brain functions including communication skills, memory and ability to learn, which is why some children with cerebral palsy will also have learning and communication difficulties.
Cerebral palsy is caused before, during, or shortly after birth. Causes include:
Generally, there are two main problems that can cause cerebral palsy in the development of a child:
In some circumstances, negligent medical care during labour or in the post-natal period following birth may be the cause of cerebral palsy.
A brain injury caused during delivery in many cases may have been preventable. Medical mistakes are responsible for thousands of cerebral palsy cases.
If you believe that your child suffers from cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence, please contact a member of our medical negligence specialist team today.
The symptoms of cerebral palsy tend not to be noticeable in early infancy, but gradually become more obvious as the child’s nervous system matures. Problems and disabilities related to cerebral palsy range from very mild to very severe. The severity of cerebral palsy is related to the severity of the brain damage. They may be very subtle symptoms that are only noticeable only to trained and experienced medical professionals, or may be obvious to the parents and other caregivers.
The symptoms of cerebral palsy are:
Unfortunately there is not a cure for cerebral palsy, but if you feel you or someone you know may have been a victim of clinical negligence then get in touch with our medical experts to see if you can make a cerebral palsy claim.
If a member of your family is suffering from cerebral palsy as a result of birth they could be eligible to claim for compensation.
Not all children who are injured at birth are eligible for compensation. You need expert advice to assist you in determining whether you have a claim.
At Hugh James we believe in providing excellent client care by keeping clients informed at each stage of the case. Our initial assessment of your cerebral palsy medical negligence claim, also known as a clinical negligence claim, is free of charge.
If we advise that you have a potential claim for negligence compensation we will act to gather the relevant employment and medical evidence to build your case.
Our medical negligence solicitors have access to the best specialist medical experts to enable us to obtain evidence of past and possible future needs to ensure that you are adequately compensated for the disability you suffer.
We treat every client with sensitivity and care, whilst aiming at the same time to deliver results including the highest financial settlement possible.
Hugh James has assisted many people to claim compensation due to negligence on the part of medical professionals in the fields of obstetrics.
If after talking to us you decide not to take matters further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our initial advice session.
We are dedicated to your best interests and can advise you on how to proceed.