Discovering your child has cerebral palsy is devastating and may change your life. But if you believe that it is as a result of being let down by a midwife or doctor it can be even more difficult to re-establish a trusting relationship with the medical professionals that your child now needs.
Many children born with cerebral palsy have suffered an unavoidable injury but in some cases it is caused by medical negligence. This can be due to poor treatment during pregnancy, labour, delivery or in the neonatal period when your child is new born. Cerebral palsy can also arise as a result of mismanaged infection such as meningitis. If you believe that your child has been injured as a result of substandard medical care it’s your right that you are able to hold those responsible to account. In order to succeed in a cerebral palsy claim in the UK you must be able to show that you, during your pregnancy, labour or delivery, or your child received a level of care below an acceptable standard. If your child’s cerebral palsy has been caused by such failings you should be able to bring a claim for compensation.
When your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy it is understandable that you want to know how this happened, if anyone was to blame, and what the future holds.
Cerebral Palsy may range from mild, causing some physical impairment, to severe resulting in both severe physical and cognitive difficulties. We know that having a baby with a disability will have a life changing effect. The life that your family now faces is not the one that you planned.
As experienced clinical negligence lawyers, we recognise this. We combine specialist knowledge and skills with a sympathetic and sensitive approach to investigating your child’s case.
Investigating a clinical negligence case can be a long, complex process as we will need to instruct experts including obstetricians, neonatologists, and paediatric neurologists to review the treatment that was given. We will be with you throughout this process, making sure you understand what is being done and why. Some families find this demanding but we will be there to support you.
A successful claim, however, would mean your family will be able to access the support you will need throughout your child’s life.
Every case is different but Your Legal Friend can guide you through each stage of the process, from investigating whether there has been medical negligence to representing you in court where necessary. Our expert team understands that making a claim cannot undo the negligence you experienced but it can help to get answers and to secure compensation to help your child in the future, as their life will now be very different.
Our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors work on behalf of victims of medical negligence in a wide variety of negligence cases, including representing those that have been affected by cerebral palsy. If you’ve been affected you can get in touch with our team today.
The time limit on making a cerebral palsy claim.
Cerebral palsy legal claims must be started in Court by the child’s 21st birthday. Or if the child will never be able to manage their affairs themselves or instruct a solicitor on their own, there may be no time limit. If you are unsure whether you or a family member are still in time to make a claim our cerebral palsy solicitors can help.
Armed with the knowledge and experience you need, one of our specialist lawyers can help you.
Despite having up to 21 years to bring a claim we urge those affected by medical negligence to take the first steps sooner where possible. This can help because there is a better chance that your medical records will be available and easy to access, your recollection of what you were told and the treatment options outlined to you will be clearer and so your witness statement will contain more detail. All of this will help strengthen your case and of course we will be able to get you answers more quickly.
Throughout your claim, Your Legal Friend will help you every step of the way
- Specialist team of medical negligence solicitors
- A wealth of knowledge and expertise
- Advice, support and guidance throughout your claim
- No win, no fee – guaranteed
- Over 30 years’ experience in personal injury compensation