Cerebral palsy claims - help and legal advice for parents
Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term used by doctors to refer to a set of neurological conditions that affect a child's movement, posture and co-ordination. Neurological conditions affect the brain and nervous system.
Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the brain before, during or soon after birth.
The most common cause of cerebral palsy is something that damages the brain while the baby is in the womb, thought to account for around 80% of cases.
Known possible causes of cerebral palsy include:
- infection in early pregnancy
- cerebral haemorrhage (bleeds in the baby’s brain)
- genetic factors
- oxygen starvation to baby’s brain during delivery
Sometimes the cause of the cerebral palsy is never discovered.
Children with cerebral palsy may suffer problems with mobility, posture and co-ordination, speech and language, vision, and may suffer from learning difficulties and epilepsy.
The effects can range from minor disabilities to those at the profound end of the spectrum who require 24 hour care.
Specialist legal advice about cerebral palsy claims
Discovering that their child is damaged is a hugely distressing experience for all parents and that distress can be compounded if it is thought that the damage was as a result of hospital medical negligence.
It is important for parents to seek specialist legal advice and discuss what steps could be taken to find out more before considering making a medical negligence claim for compensation.
If you would like to talk to a specialist lawyer about your experience, in the first instance please complete our Clinical Negligence Enquiry Form.
Please give as much detail as you can about your situation as this will assist in our ability to fully understand your circumstances and give legal advice.
This advice is, of course, free of charge.
No win no fee personal injury solicitors
The expression “No Win – No Fee” is often used in personal injury cases. It is used as a way of funding a compensation claim where the accident victim does not have the means to pay for the costs involved as the case progresses.
A number of solicitors are prepared to handle personal injury cases on a “No Win – No Fee” basis but very few are able to offer their clients complete protection if the case is unsuccessful.
In that event, the client could end up being liable for many thousands of pounds in legal expenses or the case won't be fully investigated and therefore likely to under-settle.
Compensate 'no win no fee' funding
Digby Brown has its own funding company, Compensate, which provides the funding to allow the case to be fully investigated, employ the best experts surrounding the circumstances of the accident and/or injuries sustained and where and if necessary go to court.
If for whatever reason the case is unsuccessful, Compensate pays all your legal expenses and those of your opponent – you pay nothing.
On average our clients receive over 3 times the pre-litigation offer
Because of Compensate funding Digby Brown's success rate is extremely high and on average our clients receive three times the pre-litigation offer.
In the event the case is successful, a small percentage of your damages will be deducted with VAT to pay for this service. The percentage which Compensate will charge depends on the degree of risk involved. We believe that this is the fairest method of giving clients access to justice whilst ensuring their cases are fully investigated, prepared and funded.
Beware of compensation offers which may be too good
We know you will have seen many adverts offering 100% compensation or telling you that you will not lose any of your compensation, however we believe there are a number of problems with companies that do this.
- How do they make their money if they don’t charge you anything?
- If they aren’t taking any money from you, the client, what incentive do they have to ensure you receive the right level of compensation, appropriate to the injuries you have sustained?
- Fully preparing a case, finding out exactly what happened and what the consequences of your injuries may mean in the long term, is expensive, how do they do this properly?
- If they aren’t fully preparing these cases will they just accept the first offer they are given on your behalf by the Insurance company?
- It makes simple business sense, the less work they do the higher their profit margin is - they simply have no incentive to work harder on your behalf.
- These adverts in the main are from English firms on national television which operates in a different way and therefore wouldn’t apply to a Scottish person.
We know from the many client cases we mandate from other firms of solicitors (in the main at the request of the client who is extremely unsatisfied with the service received for the other firm) that many shortcuts are taken in preparation and that the first offer received is being recommended for acceptance, regardless of the value.
Getting something for nothing is usually the first sign of poor service.
Correct level of compensation with Digby Brown
Our experience and statistics show time and time again we will achieve the correct level of compensation which will be substantially more than the insurer is initially prepared to offer.
Even after we have deducted our percentage as a success fee you will gain considerably more than you would have achieved using a 100% compensation model.
Contact Digby Brown's personal injury solicitors
For further information about no win no fee, or anything else, call us on 0333 200 5925 or fill in our enquiry form below and someone will get back in touch with you.
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