Today (6th October) marks ‘World Cerebral Palsy Day’, a day which aims to ensure that children and adults with cerebral palsy (CP) have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else.
Cerebral Palsy or CP is the name for a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and co-ordination. Cerebral Palsy can be caused by a problem that affects the development of a baby’s brain prior to the birth, including periventricular leukomalacia (PVL), an infection caught by the mother such as chicken pox, if the baby suffers a stroke or if there is an injury to an unborn baby’s head.
Cerebral Palsy can also be caused during or after birth, due to the brain temporarily not getting enough oxygen, an infection, such as meningitis or a serious head injury.
The symptoms of cerebral palsy are not usually immediately obvious, and often become noticeable during the first two or three years of child’s life. Symptoms include delays in reaching development milestones, for example not walking by 18 months old, clumsy movements or walking on tip-toes.
If you do have concerns about these symptoms, you should contact your GP as soon as possible.
There is currently no cure for Cerebral Palsy, but it can be managed by a range of treatments including physiotherapy, speech therapy and medication.
Unfortunately, avoidable errors during pregnancy and labour still occur. Negligent care during the birth of a baby, resulting in Cerebral Palsy, has a devastating and lifelong effect on the child and their family.
Cerebral Palsy claims typically arise due to mistakes made during the pregnancy or birth, where the baby suffers a birth injury and as a result acquires a permanent brain injury.
Medical negligence that can result in Cerebral Palsy, includes:
Errors made following the birth of child, such as the failure to treat congenital disorders, meningitis or jaundice can also cause Cerebral Palsy.
Bringing a successful medical negligence claim can help towards the costs of caring for an individual with Cerebral Palsy, such as medical expenses (past, present and future), adapted accommodation, future therapy and loss of earnings.
We have over 35 years’ experience representing clients who have suffered because of medical negligence and have supported a number of families with Cerebral Palsy claim, including Marc and Kim; whose son sustained brain damage during labour, resulting in Cerebral Palsy.
Their story can be viewed here.
Contact us on 01603 877000 if you believe you have a claim.
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