Cerebral palsy facts

Happy child with cerebral palsy conditionThe condition of cerebral palsy can be caused by complications during birth, and although this is rare, if this does occur, you could be eligible to make a claim for cerebral palsy compensation.

The conditions in which cerebral palsy can occur either before, during or after the birth of a child can be due to, but not limited to, any of the following reasons:

  • Interruption or limitation in supply of oxygen to the baby’s brain
  • A bleed on the baby’s brain
  • Infection during pregnancy
  • Premature birth or a difficult birthing process
  • Genetic changes which affect the development of the brain

At this point in time, there is no cure for cerebral palsy, so if your child has received a diagnosis of this condition, and it is due to medical negligence, you may be able to instruct a cerebral palsy solicitor to make a compensation claim on your behalf.

While many people with the condition live independent lives, receiving compensation could aid your child by allowing your home to be adapted, as well as being able to pay for additional support and treatment.

As a rule, symptoms start to develop when the child is around 3 years old, and can manifest itself in different ways, such as not reaching developmental milestones as expected, weak arms or legs and muscle spasms.

There are four main types of cerebral palsy:

Spastic cerebral palsy Where movement is impeded due to the muscles being stiff and tight.

Dyskinetic cerebral palsy Where the person experiences uncontrolled body movements and spasms due to the muscles changing from being stiff to floppy and vice versa.

Ataxic cerebral palsy Where the person has balance and/or co-ordination problems resulting in clumsy movements.

Mixed cerebral palsy A mixture of symptoms from more than one type stated above.

The severity of the condition varies from person to person, but if you or your child has the condition due to medical negligence during the birth process, we can offer free initial advice as to whether you have grounds to make a cerebral palsy compensation claim. Our lawyers are experts in the field of birth injuries and will be able to advise you on making a no win no fee medical negligence claim.

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