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Negligent care during pregnancy, childbirth or the first few days of a newborn baby’s life can cause brain injury and lifelong disability from cerebral palsy.

Our cerebral palsy solicitors are here to help. We have further information and resources on our specialist cerebral palsy website please click here.

Many of our client families continue to draw on our practical help, knowledge, and support long after the conclusion of the compensation claim.

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a non-progressive, neurological condition which is caused by damage to the brain before, during or soon after birth. A diagnosis of cerebral palsy may not be made until signs of the condition become apparent as the child develops. An early diagnosis of HIE (hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy), birth asphyxia, kernicterus or other types of brain injury often indicates that the child may go on to have disability as a result of cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy affects each person differently. The full extent of the disability may only become clear as the child grows and develops. Therapeutic cooling (which is now given routinely to babies with HIE) may reduce the more obvious physical disability, sometimes leaving hidden or more subtle cognitive disability to appear over time.

 

What are the physical effects of cerebral palsy?

Physical effects of cerebral palsy can include impaired muscle control, coordination, posture, balance, tone, and reflexes. People with cerebral palsy may have difficulties with mobility, dexterity, feeding, communication, and independent living.

With support, many children with physical disability from cerebral palsy can still study at school, college, or university and go on to paid employment. Those with more severe damage may have severe learning disability, epilepsy, cortical blindness, or be totally unable to communicate.

Legal aid and no win, no fee cerebral palsy claims

We offer free advice for those with cerebral palsy and other severe disability, or for their parents, who want to find out whether they are entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Our funding options for cerebral palsy claims guarantee that there will be no cost to you to investigate your claim. Our experience means that we are one of the few firms entitled to offer our clients Legal Aid funding, or, if it’s right for you, handle your claim on a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) ‘no win no fee’ basis.  

 

Starting your cerebral palsy claim

To start your cerebral palsy claim, please contact our expert cerebral palsy solicitors for a no obligation, free and confidential discussion.

Our skilled lawyers investigate each individual’s circumstances carefully to establish whether negligent maternity or neonatal care caused their condition. Where we can prove that poor treatment caused or significantly contributed to the child’s brain injury and disability, we can help claim compensation for the child.

We support parents through the difficult conversations, investigations, and decisions that follow a baby’s brain injury diagnosis. We secure early, substantial interim (advance) payments from the NHS or private hospital maternity team which caused the child’s injury, to meet their needs whilst the claim is ongoing. Each child’s needs arising from their condition, now and in the future, are carefully considered to ensure that they receive their full entitlement to compensation.

Our cerebral palsy solicitors achieve admissions of liability and maximum value settlements, structured to guarantee the best provision for each client’s individual needs, now and throughout their lives. Along the way, we can usually obtain substantial interim payments.

Working with our Court of Protection deputyship team, we can then begin to meet the child’s urgent needs, such as for care, therapies, suitable accommodation and specialist equipment. Our special educational needs (SEN) team can help with school placements and educational support.

 

Anonymity for cerebral palsy clients and their families

In almost all cases our clients benefit from our applying to Court for an order that their details be anonymised. This means there can be no publication of any information that would lead to the identification of the child or their family. This is an important measure which helps protect the child and family from unwanted intrusion both during the litigation and after the court makes a final life long compensation award.

Important information for families contacted by NHS Resolution's Early Notification Scheme (ENS), HSIB/HSSIB or MNSI

If you are contacted by NHS Resolution, HSIB/HSSIB or MNSI after the birth of your child, we advise you to contact us for free, confidential, specialist and independent advice straight away.

Your child may be entitled to claim substantial compensation.

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Cerebral palsy claims frequently asked questions

Why choose Boyes Turner?

Our clients receive the highest standards of advice and representation and are always treated with compassion, outstanding care and understanding of the physical, emotional, psychological and financial impact that life-changing injury can have upon their lives.

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What negligent causes of cerebral palsy lead to compensation claims?

Cerebral palsy is complex, and advancements in medical understanding of the condition are being made all the time. In our experience, certain types of mistakes by doctors or midwives are more likely to result in a successful claim, but no two clients’ cases are ever exactly the same.

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When should you contact a solicitor if you think your child has a cerebral palsy claim?

We advise parents who believe their child was injured as a result of negligent care around the time of birth to contact our cerebral palsy solicitors as soon as possible for free, confidential advice. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin to help.

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What are the benefits of making a cerebral palsy compensation claim?

It costs nothing to find out from our friendly, cerebral palsy specialist solicitors whether your child is entitled to compensation. If you think your child’s condition could have been caused by negligent care before, during or after birth, that call could open the way for a lifetime of essential care and provision, and the security of guaranteed financial support.

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What compensation can you claim for a child with cerebral palsy?

The amount of compensation that can be claimed depends on the client’s injury, their needs arising from their disability and their individual circumstances. With liability established, each client’s compensation is then carefully valued and structured to replace their losses and provide for their needs throughout their expected lifespan.

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We help parents who are contacted by HSSIB or MNSI after cerebral palsy caused by negligent care before, during or after birth

We strongly advise parents who are contacted by HSSIB (Healthcare Services Safety Investigation Body) or MNSI (Maternity and Newborn Safety Investigations Special Health Authority) about the events which took place during pregnancy, labour, delivery and after the birth of a baby, to contact our cerebral palsy solicitors immediately for free, confidential, specialist advice.

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What should I do if NHS Resolution contact me after my child’s birth?

If NHS Resolution contacts you after the birth of your baby, we strongly advise you to contact our claimant (acting for the patient) cerebral palsy solicitors, free and in confidence, for legal advice straight away. Your child may be entitled to claim substantial compensation.

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What is the NHS Early Notification Scheme?

If you are offered compensation under the NHS Early Notification Scheme, it is essential to contact independent solicitors to protect your child's interests and ensure full compensation is paid.

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Our previous cerebral palsy cases

  • £21 million compensation settlement for a teenager with quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Our client’s hypoxic brain injury was caused by multiple midwifery mistakes during labour and delivery. The defendant hospital admitted negligent care but denied our client’s claim that correct action taken ten minutes earlier would have avoided the permanent injury to our client’s brain. When we pushed the defendant to disclose expert medical evidence to justify their defence of the claim, they admitted full liability.
  • £19 million compensation settlement for a child with dyskinetic cerebral palsy caused by hypoxic brain damage during delays in her delivery. Early in the claim we obtained an admission of liability, an apology and a £200,000 interim payment to meet our client’s urgent needs whilst the claim was ongoing. Our client’s settlement was paid as a lump sum plus lifelong, annual payments.
  • £18.4 million settlement for a child who suffered brain injury and quadriplegic cerebral palsy as a result of hospital neonatal staff’s delays in treating HSV infection in his scalp forceps grazes.  
  • £13 million compensation for a young woman whose neurological disability was caused by a partial lack of oxygen to her brain in the hours leading up to her birth as a result of negligent midwifery care. She has hidden, severe intellectual and psychological problems with moderate physical disability. Despite incomplete birth records and the defendant’s delays we secured an admission of liability, letter of apology, interim payments totalling £550,000. The final settlement, paid as a lump sum plus lifelong annual payments, will enable our client to live independently with full-time support.

For all our cerebral palsy cases visit our specialist site here.

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Our specialist Cerebral palsy claims team are considered leaders in the field and have a significant amount of expertise.
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