Cerebral Palsy is diagnosed in approximately two in every thousand births in the EU. Parents who receive the diagnosis that their son or daughter has Cerebral Palsy will understandably have many questions they need answers to, including how to provide for the care needs of their child and the long-term implications. Cerebral Palsy is characterised by impaired fine and gross motor control, muscle stiffness and weakness, which can cause difficulties with eating, moving, speech, and a range of other physical problems.
Cerebral Palsy is caused by damage or malformation of part of the brain, either during gestation or during or after birth. Any interruption of oxygen to the brain during birth can lead to brain damage and a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy. During birth, health professionals go to great lengths to monitor any indications the baby is showing signs of impaired blood supply. In some circumstances, lack of oxygen may not be noticed, or may be due to an error on behalf of one of the medical team overseeing the delivery. If a doctor, midwife, nurse, or any other health professional involved in your care makes a mistake leading to an interruption in oxygen to the brain which results in Cerebral Palsy, this may be classified as medical negligence.
Cerebral Palsy can have life long implications for the child affected, necessitating specialist physical therapy and ongoing care.
Can I bring a claim for Cerebral Palsy caused by medical negligence?
To bring a claim for Cerebral Palsy medical negligence, it will be necessary to provide evidence that:
- The standard of care you received fell below that of a competent physician of the same level, and;
- This negligence caused injury to your son or daughter.
To prove your case, we will compile evidence including medical records and seek expert medical opinion.
If you are unsure whether you have a valid case, speak to one of our specialist Cerebral Palsy medical negligence solicitors. Our team will take the time to listen to the details of what happened and provide an honest assessment of the claim.
What may a Cerebral Palsy medical negligence claim cover?
Claims following a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy due to medical negligence may cover two areas of loss:
- Pain and suffering due to the injury;
- Specific financial costs resulting from the injury caused. This may cover costs already incurred, such as transport, accommodation, and medical treatment, and expected future expenses, such as physical therapy and care costs. The costs you receive will be based on the precise injuries suffered and the circumstances of the case.
Children with Cerebral Palsy may also require specialist equipment to enable their mobility and every day functioning. Modifications to the home may be required to facilitate their needs and such costs will be considered as part of the claim.
Why should I consider Lavelle Partners Medical Negligence Solicitors to handle my claim?
- Lavelle Partners have successfully managed many cases involving children diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy due to medical negligence.
- Our personal injury team, headed by partner, Avril Scally, who herself has over 15 years’ experience in medical negligence claims, place client care at the centre of everything they do.
- From the first moment you speak to one of our solicitors, we will listen to your case carefully and with empathy and will only recommend advancing your case if we believe you have a valid case.
- We have both the legal expertise and understanding of the real-life challenges faced by children, and their families following such events.
- Our solicitors will manage the process entirely on your behalf; compiling the information necessary for your case, including medical notes and managing the submission of your medical negligence claim.
- We will answer any subsequent questions and/or provide further information if required.
By allowing us to handle your claim on your behalf, you can focus on what is most important your recovery and care, or that of your family member or loved one.
For further information on making a claim for a claim following medical negligence resulting in a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy in Ireland, please contact Lavelle Partners in confidence on (01) 644 5800 or email Avril Scally at [email protected]
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