Cerebral palsy compensation claims
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.
What are the causes of 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:
- Maternal infection such as rubella or toxoplasmosis;
- Oxygen starvation to the baby’s brain during pregnancy or delivery;
- Premature birth;
- Cerebral haemorrhage (bleeds in the brain) during pregnancy or delivery;
- Genetic problems; and
Infections when a baby is young (especially encephalitis or meningitis) can also lead to cerebral palsy. Generally, there are two main problems that can cause cerebral palsy in the development of a child failure of the brain to develop properly; and neurological damage to the child's developing brain.
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 a proportion 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.
Why choose us for your cerebral palsy claim?
Our specialist cerebral palsy solicitors have been top-ranked by both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 independent legal guides for this area of the law. We are the only top-ranked firm in both directories for medical negligence in Wales and one of the largest practices in the UK. Our lawyers are highly experienced and can provide a wide range of professional services.
Cerebral palsy claims can be difficult to prove, so it is vital to have understanding and dedicated solicitors on your side to assist you through the process. They will try to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled to.
- Hugh James is one of the leading injury compensation claim firms for medical negligence in England and Wales.
- Per annum, we recover over £30 million in medical negligence compensation for our clients.
- We have offices in London, Cardiff, Southampton and Plymouth and can represent clients without the need for lengthy face-to-face meetings.
- We have a range of qualified staff, including a former midwife, qualified nurse executives, welfare benefits advisors, medical records officers and qualified social workers to ensure your case has the best possible chance of success.
- We can advise you on all aspects of your medical negligence claim, which includes social services involvement, financial advice and rehabilitation.
- We are accredited by medical negligence charity Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA).
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