Cerebral Palsy Solicitors
Approximately 1 in 400 babies born in the UK are affected by cerebral palsy. The condition is a motor and development disability that can be caused by an injury to the brain sustained before, during, or just after birth. We understand that the emotional and financial impact on affected families is profound. Our specialist cerebral palsy solicitors are here to listen and to help. Recognised by Legal 500 as one of the top medical negligence solicitors in England and Wales, we are dedicated to helping your family meet the complex lifelong needs of your child making living with cerebral palsy a little easier.
Fully diagnosing CP can take until your child is aged 4 or 5 with the condition affecting each individual differently. Cerebral palsy causes a range of complex problems which can include motor coordination, movement, and posture for children. Because the condition is related to the brain, many also experience intellectual disabilities, vision or hearing problems, speech difficulties, or seizures. As a parent, bringing up a child with cerebral palsy demands full dedication, practically, financially, and emotionally. Our sensitive and approachable cerebral palsy solicitors are committed to helping you obtain the right compensation to support your child with specialist equipment, home adaptations, therapies, and wider care needs.
To start a cerebral palsy compensation claim, or simply to find out more, please get in touch by calling 01253 766 559 or completing this form.
To start a cerebral palsy compensation claim today, or for more information simply complete the form below.
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Can medical negligence cause cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy is caused by a brain injury or malformation that occurs before, during or just after birth. In our extensive experience of these complex injuries, medical failings leading to this lifelong condition may include:
- Significant head trauma occurring as a result of excessive use of force or inappropriate application of forceps during delivery
- Delayed medical intervention leading to oxygen deprivation before, during, or just after birth
- Failure to adequately monitor both mother and baby during pregnancy and birth
- Failure to recognise abnormal test results and deliver timely medical intervention
- Failure to monitor and treat infections in newborn babies
Our cerebral palsy solicitors provide exceptional pastoral care to clients
Birth injury claims are a complex area of law. They require a specialist law firm with in-depth expertise in obtaining detailed evidence to provide the answers that you need, and the compensation that your family deserves to help meet the complex, and costly, needs of your child. Our leading birth injuries specialists offer more than 25 years’ experience and will support you every step of the way to ensure that you get justice. If you believe that medical negligence caused your child’s cerebral palsy, our compassionate experts are here to help. We have a strong track record of securing £multi-million settlements for families in England and Wales.
One of our recently settled cases was for a seven-year-old child with cerebral palsy securing in excess of £17.9 million. Birth injuries compensation is available to provide your child with access to the specialist equipment, therapies, and the lifelong support that they need to have the best chance in life. You can hear more about how we care for our clients with Liam’s story, a young man with a passion for cooking.
Our determined team comprises cerebral palsy solicitors and medical experts who will review your medical records with meticulous scrutiny, will compile compelling evidence and will relentlessly pursue the investigation during the progression of your case. By combining expert legal and medical understanding, we can provide families with the help they need, even in some instances where their claim has been unsuccessful with other solicitors who may have failed to obtain the right evidence or lacked specialist knowledge and expertise.
How we can help you with your cerebral palsy compensation claim
Our team’s robust experience with birth injury claims means that we can guide you through the entire claims process clearly and confidently, making it as simple and stress-free as possible, while ensuring you have the strongest chance of achieving a fair settlement.
The claims process typically involves a number of stages:
We will go through the basic details of your case with you, including what mistakes you believe were made during your child’s birth and the impact on their health. We will then be able to give you an idea of whether we think you are likely to have a strong claim for medical negligence.
We will then start collecting evidence to support your claim. This typically includes applying for medical records, obtaining witness statements and having your child examined by independent medical experts.
Once the facts of the case are clear, we will contact the defendant (usually the NHS trust responsible for the hospital where the birth took place). The claim letter we send will set out the details of the medical negligence alleged to have occurred, the impact on your child and the level of compensation we are seeking for you. It can often take up to 12 months to reach this stage.
The defendant is required to respond to our letter of claim within 4 months. At this stage they will either accept full or partial liability and offer a financial settlement, or deny responsibility.
If the defendant denies responsibility or does not offer a sufficient settlement, we can then issue court proceedings on your behalf to take the claim further. The defendant will be given 28 days to respond and the court will then set a hearing date, usually around 18 months from when proceedings are initiated.
It is important to note that while issuing court proceedings is an essential step, it is rare that you will actually need to attend a hearing as most claims that reach this stage can be resolved with a pre-trial settlement.
We have a very strong track record of negotiating pre-trial settlements and will explore every potential avenue to do so if your claim reaches this stage.
In the unlikely event your claim does end up in court, we will ensure you have the very best representation, as well as all of the help and support you need to deal with the hearing.
No time limit to making a cerebral palsy claim
If mental capacity has been impaired as a result of cerebral palsy, there is no time limit to pursuing a birth injury claim. We understand that meeting your child’s complex needs are an immediate concern and that you will naturally have anxieties about their future care needs also. Our cerebral palsy solicitors operate on a no win no fee basis. We are dedicated to helping families maintain essential medical treatments, have access to specialist equipment, therapies and care support by securing interim payments before a final settlement is secured.
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If you believe that your child’s cerebral palsy was a preventable birth injury caused by medical negligence, get in touch with our specialist cerebral palsy solicitors by calling 01253 766 559 or completing the form below.