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.
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.
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.
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