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A proportion of cerebral palsy cases can be attributed to difficulties during labour and birth. Although maternity care has improved over the years, some of these cases unfortunately still arise due to substandard medical care and unprecedented birth negligence.
Longden Walker & Renney’s experienced cerebral palsy solicitors may be able to help. Contact our clinical negligence team today direct on 0191 5666 500 or use our no obligation online enquiry form to arrange a free initial advice session at a time that best suits you.
Many of our cases are covered by our No Win No Fee agreement, which means you take on no financial risk.
Some of our most recent cerebral palsy compensation settlements include:
- £5.8 million in compensation recovered against East Kent University Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust;
- £3.8 million in compensation recovered against University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire; and
- £7.2 million in compensation recovered against Sunderland Hospitals.
There are many types of cerebral palsy, but the three main ones are:
Athetoid cerebral palsy, in which the control of muscles and posturing are affected by spontaneous uncontrolled movements.
Spastic cerebral palsy, in which control and movement is very difficult because some of the muscles in the body are tight, stiff and sometimes weak.
- Ataxic cerebral palsy, which involves difficulties with speech and balance, as well as uncontrolled shaking movements of the hands and/or feet.
Most cerebral palsy claims involve allegations that there was a failure to deliver a child when there were indications of stress. A delay in delivery of a child may result in the baby being deprived of oxygen, which can often cause cerebral palsy.
Causes of the condition seen by our experienced cerebral palsy solicitors are:
- Failure to supply adequate oxygen to asphyxiated baby at birth;
- Delay in delivery, causing deprivation of oxygen;
- Failure to monitor oxygen and provide respiratory treatment following birth;
- Failure to properly treat a child suffering trauma;
- Failure to perform a timely caesarean section because of foetal distress;
- Delay in diagnosis or treatment of serious medical conditions such as meningitis;
- Failure to diagnose or treat low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia);
- Failure to diagnose and treat low sodium levels (hyponatraemia).
Access to the right therapies and equipment, combined with high quality professional care and accommodation suitable to the child’s needs can transform their life, and that of their family. These treatments and facilities are not affordable for the average family. However, if substandard care during pregnancy or birth caused the injury and this can be proved, substantial damages can be sought to cover the costs and compensate the child for their injury.
Start your claim today by calling Longden Walker & Renney’s specialist clinical negligence solicitors team direct on 0191 5666 500.
Once your cerebral palsy solicitor has received an admission of liability, you will be entitled to interim payments which can assist you in your everyday life as your cerebral palsy claim progresses. These payments can be used to pay for ongoing expenses that may have arisen as a result of the negligence, including private medical therapies, equipment, transport, adapted accommodation and a care regime.
Your clinical negligence solicitor will advise you on the chance of obtaining such interim payments, and pursue them vigorously on your behalf at the first opportunity.
To begin your cerebral palsy compensation claim, contact one of our clinical negligence solicitors on 0191 5666 500 or alternatively, arrange your free initial advice session using our no obligation online enquiry form.