Cerebral Palsy Claims

Most cases of cerebral palsy can’t be prevented, but sometimes the lifelong condition is caused by medical negligence. We can help you get justice.


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What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a lifelong neurological condition that affects mobility and co-ordination. It is usually caused by brain damage that occurs during or shortly after birth.

What causes cerebral palsy?

Most cases of cerebral palsy can’t be prevented, but sometimes medical delays and misdiagnoses by medical professionals can contribute to Cerebral Palsy in a child.

This is often a result of medical negligence, which is something you can start a claim against.

Medical negligence in cerebral palsy claims can be caused by your healthcare provider failing to:

  • Check on the baby’s heart rate
  • Deliver the baby early enough
  • Prevent the umbilical cord from wrapping around the baby
  • Treat bacterial or viral infections
  • Use forceps correctly when delivering the baby

If you believe for any reason that your child’s cerebral palsy may have been caused by a medical professional failing to do their job properly, then you may be able to start a claim against the NHS or the private provider.

Why make a cerebral palsy claim?

Cerebral palsy is a serious lifelong condition and can leave your child needing extra care throughout their life.

Although money may not be the first thought in your mind at a time of stress and worry, it can go some way towards the care, equipment and mobility aids your child may need.

If your claim is successful, it can result in a compensation payout. This could cover any financial impact the negligence has caused and offer peace of mind to you.

We do understand it will never fully reverse the harm caused by medical negligence, but it can go some way to helping your child.

It can also help raise awareness of the negligence caused by the medical provider.

This will help to shine a light on the harm negligence can cause, and could help other families affected by it come forward.

How much compensation will I receive?

This depends on the severity of each case. All cases of cerebral palsy caused by medical negligence are serious, of course, but many factors contribute to a childbirth compensation claim.

For an estimated amount, we recommend using our compensation calculator.

Although, if you want a more accurate figure, then we suggest you give us a call at First4Lawyers.

To give you a recent example of payouts in cerebral palsy cases, The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust paid out £38 million in damages over 10 years due to failings in cerebral palsy caused by medical negligence.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

Yes, medical negligence claims usually have a three-year time limit to begin your case, but there are exceptions.

At First4Lawyers, we recommend you get in touch with us about your possible case as soon as you can.

This is so any evidence that is needed can be found easier, and any information you wish to share can be easily remembered.

How will I pay for making a cerebral palsy claim?

We offer a No Win No Fee service, which means that your solicitor will only receive payment if your case is successful.

If your claim is unsuccessful then nothing will need to be paid.

This means that either way, you won’t have to worry about getting the best legal help and the justice you deserve.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 30% of the final compensation amount plus VAT for all road traffic accident claims.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

I think I have a claim - what do I do next?

If you think you have a cerebral palsy claim, just get in touch with us at First4Lawyers.

You will speak to one of our trained, compassionate advisors who will be able to tell you if you have a claim.

If we believe you have a possible case, the next stage is for us to match you with an expert solicitor. This will then be the beginning of your claim, and your journey to justice.

How can First4Lawyers help?

First4Lawyers are here to help you every step of the way. We do this by working with expert solicitors who can fight your case.

Solicitors are just as passionate about righting the wrongs you have suffered and are keen to get the voices of victims of medical negligence heard.

If you are a victim of medical negligence, then we believe you deserve justice.

If we think you have a case, we want to help you to get the correct support and your life back on track, as much as possible.

So just give us a call, start your claim online, or request a callback to talk to us. We will do things on your terms and at your pace.


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