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Birth injuries can have lifelong impacts on the individuals and their families. Here, medical negligence solicitors Blackwater Law discuss cerebral palsy which can occur shortly before, during or after birth.
Cerebral Palsy relates to a group of conditions that impact the movement and/or co-ordination of an individual. As with most conditions, it is possible for cerebral palsy to vary in its impact/severity, with those suffering from more severe movement and/or co-ordination issues requiring full time support. In these particular instances it may be possible to seek cerebral palsy compensation to assist in the adaptations required to provide ongoing care.
More often than not, it may not be possible to diagnose cerebral palsy until a child is around 2 years of age. The usual indicators are that milestones such as sitting up, crawling or walking are not met. Additionally, the child may experience random, uncontrolled movements, they may walk on their tiptoes or have weak arms and legs. In the presence of these symptoms, it is important to seek specialist medical advice.
Cerebral Palsy is understood to be a birth injury and can arise whilst the mother is pregnant in instances where the mother has caught an infection, such as chickenpox or when there has been a reduced blood supply to the brain. However, cerebral palsy can also occur during traumatic births if the baby does not get enough oxygen. This temporary lack of oxygen can result in cerebral palsy due to the damage caused to the brain. In these instances, whereby negligent care has been responsible for this, it may be possible to pursue a cerebral palsy claim.
There is no cure to cerebral palsy, however there are a number of treatments that can help those with the condition to live as independently and actively as possible. The appropriate treatments depend on the specific conditions of the individual. However, given that these are required on a long term basis, it may be appropriate to pursue a birth injury claim to assist in the provision of these.
Treatment options include: Physiotherapy to help assist with movement issues, speech therapy in order to encourage communication, occupational therapy to help support independent living and potentially surgery should the individual suffer from growth problems.
Clinical negligence solicitors, Blackwater Law are specialists in managing complex birth injury claims and are able to offer a free initial chat to see whether you may be eligible to pursue a cerebral palsy compensation claim. Call us now to speak to a specialist cerebral palsy solicitor.