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Overview : Cerebral Palsy Claims

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What is Cerebral Palsy ?
Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term for any nonprogressive condition caused by an abnormality in the brain affecting movement, posture and co-ordination occurring during pregnancy, birth or early childhood. It has been defined as “a persistent (but not unchanging) disorder of movement and posture, as a result of one or more non-progressive abnormalities in the brain, before its growth and development are complete...” Cerebral palsy affects the signals that are sent from the brain to the muscles and can affect people in many different ways. There are four types of cerebral palsy and the effects can vary greatly from mild to severe. Often people will have a combination of two (and sometimes more) types of cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy affects each person differently and no two will have precisely the same problems. The incidence rate of cerebral palsy is currently estimated at around 1 in 400 and is perhaps more common than most people would assume. Around 1900 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy each year in the UK. Cerebral palsy is associated with a number of other conditions such as epilepsy.

“On occasions, Cerebral Palsy can be the result of a difficult delivery. However in the majority of cases the cause of Cerebral Palsy is never determined”

What are the different types of Cerebral Palsy ?
There are four types of cerebral palsy: Spastic Cerebral Palsy Athetoid (or Dyskinetic) Cerebral Palsy Ataxic Cerebral Palsy Mixed Cerebral Palsy

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What are the causes of Cerebral Palsy?
There are many causes of cerebral palsy such as: Genetic abnormality Infection during pregnancy Trauma during pregnancy Prematurity Difficult birth Kernicterus

How do I claim ?
Cerebral Palsy claims are extremely complex and may take many years to come to fruition. It is important that your case is dealt with by a Cerebral Palsy Lawyer who is experienced in acting on behalf of clients with Cerebral Palsy and has a proven track record of settling such claims. Investigation of a Cerebral Palsy Claim will take many years. Once liability is established then many more years will be spent in assessing the value of the claim, which will often be millions of pounds. Various issues need to be taken into account in a Cerebral Palsy Claim. In particular, future costs of care and treatment will need to be assessed; the aim being that the child has adequate funds for the rest of their life. A Cerebral Palsy Claim will involve the input of many independent medical experts. Expert evidence is regularly called from the following experts: Midwife Paediatric Neurologist Paediatric Neuroradiologist Paediatrician Consultant Obstetrician Fetal Medicine Expert Speech and Language Therapist Physiotherapist Occupational Therapist

Why can it be caused by negligence ?
Most claims relate to cerebral palsy caused during the delivery or neonatal period. Cerebral palsy caused at the time of birth is usually a result of a hypoxic (lack of oxygen) injury. Many claims relate to a failure on the obstetric or midwifery staff to act on signs of fetal distress resulting in a lack of oxygen to the baby. It is therefore imperative that signs of fetal distress are identified promptly and acted on. Failure to do so may result in a cerebral palsy compensation claim. Other Cerebral Palsy claims may involve negligent care during the neonatal period. For example, our Layers have dealt with cases involving inadequate treatment of jaundice resulting in Kernicterus.

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What can I be compensated for ?
The damages awarded in a Cerebral Palsy Claim are for the injured child. The compensation awarded will usually be made up of the following: • • • • • • Past and Future Care costs (including care) Pain and Suffering for the injuries themselves Adaptation costs Aides and Equipment Treatment and therapy costs Future care costs (usually the largest part of the claim)

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