Cerebral Palsy Compensation Claims
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- How Much Compensation Could I Claim for Cerebral Palsy?
- What are Some of the Most Common Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy?
- Is Tylers A No-Win, No-Fee Cerebral Palsy Compensation Claims Solicitor?
- Where Can I Find More Information on Cerebral Palsy?
- How Long Before I Can Claim for Cerebral Palsy?
- How Can I Make a Cerebral Palsy Compensation Claim?
- Are There Any Examples of Successful Cerebral Palsy Compensation Claims?
Cerebral palsy in itself is not a disease but it is more of an umbrella term which covers a whole lot of neurological conditions which affect the nervous system and brain of a child. The severity of cerebral palsy can vary a lot between individuals. It can vary from failure to effectively control body part movements to being completely dependent on others for all care.
The compensation in cases of cerebral palsy ranges from a few hundred thousand up to £10 million. The compensation amount varies depending on the severity of the condition and the money required to take effective care of the patient. The compensation awarded is enough to ensure that the cerebral palsy sufferer is able to lead life as close as possible to an able-bodied person.
Since each case is different, the compensation also varies a lot depending on the individual circumstances.
Cerebral palsy is classified into five different types depending on the severity of the condition. These five conditions are as follows:
- Spastic Diplegia – In this condition, the leg muscles remain stiff but there are no other major problems.
- Spastic Hemiplegia – This condition results in some degree of muscle stiffness combined with excessive muscle activity in one side of the body. This condition can also result in speech difficulties, epilepsy and spine curvature.
- Spastic Quadriplegia – This is the most severe type of cerebral palsy and in this condition a child is not able to walk and cannot support own neck. Kids suffering from this condition also have learning difficulties ranging from moderate to severe.
- Ataxis Cerebral Palsy – In this condition, the motor coordination is reduced which affects the depth perception and balance.
- Athetoid Cerebral Palsy – This condition affects the verbal communication, swallowing and eating. It also affects the muscle tone which may lead to underdevelopment of muscle structure.
There are many symptoms of cerebral palsy all of which result in the child failing to achieve regular developmental milestones. The mental and physical development of kids suffering from cerebral palsy is lower than the kids of similar age. They will walk later, crawl later and speak later depending on the severity of the condition.
Some of the major symptoms of cerebral palsy are:
- It is difficult to swallow for the child. Eating anything results in drooling or choking.
- The child does not speak anything even after 12 months.
- The child suffers constant seizures.
- The child does not react to loud noises which may be a sign of deafness.
- The child is not able to sit up on his own even after reaching seven months.
- The child is constantly fatigued.
- It is difficult for the child to focus.
- Incorrect depth perception and difficulty in grasping different objects.
- Not being able to move independently.
If the kid is showing any of the above symptoms, it is better to consult a medical professional for the right diagnosis and treatment. The specialist will observe the motor skills, muscle tone and reflexes of the child to reach any conclusion. The specialist will also be interested in the developmental history of the child.
There are also some tests which may be needed to confirm cerebral palsy. The tests may include blood tests, MRI scan for studying the brain, CT scan for a detailed 3-D structure of the brain of the child and cranial ultrasound for building up the brain tissue structure.
We provide legal aid to investigate compensation claims for individuals suffering from cerebral palsy. We also offer a conditional fee agreement. In this case, we will not charge any fee in case we do not win the compensation claim for you.
You can contact us to get further information regarding the eligibility for making a compensation claim against the hospital for negligence resulting in cerebral palsy. It is best to reach out as soon as possible as the whole process takes a long time.
There is a standard limit of three years in UK during which the personal injury claims for compensation can be made. In case the proceedings are not started in the court within three years of the injury, no compensation can be claimed as it becomes time-barred.
However, there are special rules in case of children. This time limit for children does not begin until they reach the legal age for adults. Therefore, in the case of a child, this three-year time limit begins when they reach their 18th birthday.
For making a cerebral palsy compensation claim, you need to get in touch with a solicitor who specialises in personal injury compensation cases. The solicitor will be able to guide you through the process as each case is different and may require a different strategy. It is important to get legal advice as soon as possible as there is a time limit as mentioned above.
A boy wins approximately £3.8 million for suffering a four-limb cerebral palsy injury during his birth at Hospital when he was starved of oxygen during the birth. The family received compensation in the year 2006, some 13 years after the birth of their child. The compensation includes a lump sum payment of £950,000 in addition to yearly payments.
The parents of a young boy, who suffered brain damage due to oxygen starvation during birth, have been awarded a sum of £8.5 million. The midwives at Hospital did not carry out the emergency caesarean which could have prevented the brain damage.
Another boy has been awarded damages of £7.1 million after a 14-year long legal struggle by his mother. The young boy was oxygen starved for 55 minutes as midwives failed to notice the umbilical cord wrapped around the shoulder in the womb during his birth. The oxygen starvation resulted in severe brain injury.
Another boy has been awarded a compensation which could reach £12 million. He suffered permanent birth damage during his birth at Hospital in 2006. The NHS Foundation Trust had agreed to pay £2 million pounds in lump sum and up to £490,000 a year for the rest of his life.
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