Cerebral palsy & birth injury
Cases involving cerebral palsy and birth injury claims are invariably high value and complex. We have the proven experience and expertise to act for you in such cases.
We act for children and young adults in such cases. If our client is unable to instruct us themselves due to age or mental disability then we can accept instructions on their behalf from a parent or suitable adult (called a litigation friend).
When things go wrong around the time of birth, the effects can be devastating for the child and their family. Examples of mistakes which can be made at hospital include:
- Delay in delivery
- Failure to monitor the baby before and during labour
- Mistakes during delivery
- Mistakes in neonatal period
- Failures to give appropriate treatment during pregnancy
We will investigate the circumstances of the medical treatment received by mother and child and advise whether it fell below a reasonable standard of care. Not all treatment which goes wrong is negligent and therefore we instruct independent medical experts to examine what happened and advise whether negligent mistakes were made.
If the evidence supports a claim for negligence, we will pursue it and work to get compensation for our clients which will provide them with long term care and financial security for the rest of their lives. Many children with cerebral palsy are looked after devotedly by their parents. But parents often worry about what would happen if they are no longer able to look after their disabled child.
We work to ensure that compensation is recovered which will provide care and support for the child for the rest of their lives. Sometimes compensation will be paid as a combination of a lump sum and annual payments for the rest of the child's life. This gives the family peace of mind and reassurance for the future.