Birth Injury Claims

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Medical Negligence

Medical errors during pregnancy or labour can cause a brain injury to the newborn child and result in Cerebral Palsy.

If your child was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and you believe it was caused by negligent medical treatment, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation on their behalf.

To speak with an experienced medical negligence solicitor, please contact Laura today.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is a condition caused by damage or an abnormality in the brain which affects an individual’s ability to move, maintain balance and posture and control their muscles. Persons diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy can often have related conditions such as an intellectual disability, seizures, problems with vision, hearing or speech, changes in the spine or joint problems. The symptoms and severity vary from person to person. Some might not be able to walk unassisted and need lifelong care and others might walk a little awkwardly but not require any help.

Types of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is classified according to how the body is affected (i.e. the type of movement disorder involved) and which part(s) of the body are affected.

How the body is affected:

Depending on which areas of the brain are affected, one or more of the following movement disorders can occur: 

a. Stiff muscles (spasticity);

b. Uncontrollable movements (dyskinesia);

c. Poor balance and coordination (ataxia)

Which part of the body is affected:

a. Hemiplegia: affecting one side of the body;

b. Diplegia: affecting the body symmetrically, usually the upper or lower limbs are affected;

c. Quadriplegia: affecting both arms and legs

There a 4 main types of Cerebral Palsy:

1. Spastic Cerebral Palsy

This is the most common type of Cerebral Palsy. Individuals with spastic CP have increased muscle tone, meaning their muscles are stiff.

2. Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy

People with Dyskinetic CP have problems controlling the movement of their body/parts of their body. The movements are uncontrollable and can be slow and writing or rapid and jerky. Sometimes the face and tongue are affected and the person has difficulty sucking, swallowing and talking

3. Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

People with Ataxic CP have problems with balance and coordination. They might be unsteady on their feet, have a hard time with quick movements or movements that need a lot of control.

4. Mixed Cerebral Palsy

Some people have symptoms of more than one type of Cerebral Palsy.

What Causes Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is caused by damage or an abnormality in the brain. This can be caused by maternal infection, lack of oxygen during labour and delivery or an accident which causes a traumatic brain injury in a baby.

How Can Croke Medical Law Help?

Croke Medical Law are well experienced in Birth Injury Claims and will provide expert legal advice in an empathetic manner. 

We can: 

  1. Investigate the cause of injury and provide answers that you and your family deserve to know to allow you to better understand what happened and to determine if a medical error was made. 
  2. Provide advice in relation to the legal process and represent you throughout your legal journey. 
  3. Seek financial compensation for your child. 
  4. Seek an explanation and an apology from the wrongdoer(s).