Cerebral Palsy

What is cerebral palsy?

‘Cerebral palsy’ is a broad term covering a range of neurological conditions that affect movement and coordination.

What causes cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to a baby’s brain during pregnancy or labour. This damage may occur in a number of ways, including:

  • Infection in early pregnancy
  • A difficult birth  including a lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain
  • Premature birth
  • Bleeding in the baby’s brain
  • Abnormal brain development
  • Problems with delivery
  • Post Partum haemorrhage or bleeding during delivery
  • Problems after induction of labour
  • Badly managed twin deliveries
  • Badly managed twin to twin syndrome

Not all babies with cerebral palsy or brain damage will have a claim for medical negligence but if the brain damage has been caused because of a failure on the part of the doctors, nurses or midwives dealing with your pregnancy or labour then we can help you.

How we can help:

Babies with cerebral palsy often require considerable support throughout infancy and into later life. If it can be proved that the injuries your baby suffered were as a result of negligence, then a successful claim could make an enormous difference to the quality of your baby’s life, and also to your life if you are the carer.

If your baby has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy or brain damage and you believe you may have received substandard care during your pregnancy, labour or immediately afterwards, please get in touch.

How long do I have to bring a cerebral palsy claim?

If your child has brain damage then your child will have an indefinite length of time to bring the claim.  If your child has cerebral palsy affecting the physical only, but there is no mental impairment, then your child will have until he or she is 21.


Case Studies:

Brain Damage & Death of Baby – clip from BBC News

The Solicitors at Moosa-Duke Solicitors have previously dealt with and are currently dealing with a number of Medical Negligence cases where children have suffered from cerebral palsy or brain damage arising out of problems during pregnancy and delivery.

These cases can take a long time to prove and require a lot of expertise.  Moosa-Duke Solicitors has a bank of eminent medical experts built up over 20 years with whom they work on a regular basis to help them prove these difficult cases.

Moosa-Duke Solicitors are dealing with claims involving the mismanagement of Twin to Twin syndrome, problems delivering a baby with a cord round her neck, problems after giving induction agents such as syntocinon and delays in delivery to give a few examples.

We understand that it may be difficult for you to consider bringing legal action whilst all of your time is devoted to the care of your child. We have the expertise to make the process simple and straight-forward for you and your family.  Please call us on 0116 254 7456 or email us.