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What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood, where signs and symptoms vary between people. Children who suffer from cerebral palsy may have only minor difficulty with fine motor skills, such as grasping and manipulating items with their hands. Severe cerebral palsy could involve significant muscle problems in all four limbs, seizures, and difficulties with vision, speech, and hearing.

Sometimes, it is caused by brain damage from lack of oxygen due to an event during labour or delivery. When this happens in full term babies, the newborn will have evidence of severe pH abnormality in the cord blood and neurologic abnormalities soon after birth. Frequently there will be signs of sudden oxygen deprivation seen on the fetal monitor, very low Apgar scores at birth, and involvement of other organs such as the kidneys within a few days.

Most families struggle with the cost of expensive equipment and rehabilitation treatment needed to help a child suffering from cerebral palsy. The demands of daily routines and 24 hour care can be extremely difficult for parents to deal with without any additional help.

Our Solicitors have been successful in obtaining substantial awards for clients with cerebral palsy. This means that our clients can seek the best treatment, education and accommodation and therapies to meet their needs throughout their lifetime.

If you have reason to believe that a medical error in your care during pregnancy or birth may have caused yours or your child’s cerebral palsy, it is important that you discuss this with an experienced clinical negligence solicitor promptly.

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