Cerebral palsy compensation claims

Where cerebral palsy is caused by medical negligence, you can make a claim that will provide financial support and professional care for your child now and in the future.

Happy child with cerebral palsy


When to make a Cerebral palsy compensation claim?

There are a number of causes of cerebral palsy, these include either baby or mother developing an infection during pregnancy, as well as brain injury or trauma caused to the baby during pregnancy or during particularly traumatic childbirth.

You may be able to make a claim for cerebral palsy compensation where the actions or inaction of medical staff responsible for your care before, during or immediately post-birth have contributed to or caused your child’s cerebral palsy.

Why make a cerebral palsy claim?

If your baby has developed cerebral palsy, caused by negligence, making a compensation claim is often the best way to get financial security for your future. A diagnosis of cerebral palsy can lead to major lifestyle changes for your family, affecting working arrangements and childcare.

Making a compensation claim can ensure you receive the financial support required to care for your child and ensure you have security for your future.

Start your compensation claim today with Blackwater Law. Once you contact one of our cerebral palsy lawyers, they will talk you through your case, and advise you whether or not you have a claim to bring forward.

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What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy occurs when a brain injury is sustained to the part of the baby’s brain that governs muscle control. In addition to difficulty controlling movement, cerebral palsy can also affect a child’s vision, hearing, learning and ability to communicate. Take a look at the resources below to find out more about cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy: Learn More

Cerebral palsy solicitors

It is important that the cerebral palsy solicitor that represents you in your claim is fully aware of every aspect of the medical condition and its long-term impact on your child’s life and that of your family. This expert knowledge will enable them to secure the maximum amount of cerebral palsy compensation on your behalf, therefore helping you ensure your family has financial security and your child has access to specialist care throughout their life.

Blackwater Law operates all cerebral palsy claims on a no-win, no-fee basis, meaning there is no risk to you.

Blackwater Law is independently recognised as having a leading team of medical negligence solicitors by The Legal 500 – an independent directory of the UK’s top law firms.

The team at Blackwater Law is experienced in dealing with a wide range of birth injury claims relating to injuries to both mother and baby. Such is their expertise that the team advise and represents clients across the country.

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How much compensation could I receive in a Cerebral Palsy claim?

Claims that involve cerebral palsy can often be long and very complex. It can often take a long time to establish all the facts of the case, and the effect that any negligence is going to have moving forward. It is therefore not always possible to give an accurate estimation of how much compensation could be received in a cerebral palsy claim.

The amount of compensation will depend on the severity of the condition, and the ongoing effect the condition will have on your child and your family’s lives.

Compensation is awarded under what is known as general and special damages. You can learn more about how medical negligence compensation is calculated in this article.

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Will I have to go to court for a Cerebral Palsy claim?

Most medical negligence claims do not need to be taken to court to be resolved. In 2021 for example, just 3% of claims required a court to be involved in a resolution. It is therefore unlikely that you will need to go to court for your surgical error claim.

You can read more about what happens when a claim goes to court here.

How long do I have to make a Cerebral Palsy claim?

In medical negligence claims, generally, you have 3 years from the date you became aware of the negligence to make a claim. After 3 years, it can become difficult to have a successful claim.

There are some exceptions to the limit, for example, if the person who suffered from the negligence was under 18. In this case, the 3-year time limit only begins once they turn 18.

In cases of your child being diagnosed with cerebral palsy due to negligence, you will have until they turn 18 to bring forward a claim.

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