It is estimated that in the UK around one in every 400 children is affected by Cerebral Palsy. Each year approximately 1,800 babies are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy .
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy is a general term which covers a number of neurological conditions that affect a person’s movement and coordination. Neurological conditions affect the brain and nervous system. Damage to a part of the brain called the cerebrum causes the condition; this is because this part of the human brain controls the muscles. The cerebrum is also responsible for other important functions such as memory, communication and the ability to learn. This is often why some children who suffer with the condition struggle with communication and learning difficulties.
There are several types of Cerebral Palsy. The symptoms of the condition vary in each patient depending on what type of cerebral palsy they have. There is no cure for Cerebral Palsy but there are treatments available to help relieve the symptoms and also increase a sufferer’s sense of independence and self-esteem. Treatments include physiotherapy, occupational therapy and medication to relieve muscle spasms and stiffness.
Cerebral Palsy is normally caused by damage to the brain before the child is born. However, it can also be caused by damage sustained during the birth or shortly after birth.
Claiming compensation for Cerebral Palsy caused by medical negligence
Typical Cerebral Palsy Compensation claims that we have dealt with have involved cases where the birth of the child was mismanaged by a medical professional, such as a doctor or midwife, which has led to the child’s brain being deprived of oxygen. Cerebral Palsy caused by this is known as Asphyxia. During the first six months of the brain’s development it is particularly vulnerable so damage during this early period can have serious and lasting consequences.
If you or your child have been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and believe it was caused by the errors or mismanagement of a medical professional at birth then you may be entitled to claim for compensation. EAD Solicitors understand that Cerebral Palsy is a life altering condition for both the sufferer and their family. Compensation can help ease the financial strain and contribute to the cost of care and treatment.
If you wish to discuss a claim for medical negligence which you believe led to either yourself or a loved one being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy then call us today on 0151 735 1000. One of our Liverpool solicitors can visit you at your home at a time that is convenient for you.
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