One of the most wonderful and extraordinary experiences for a family and the mother in particular is giving birth to your child. The first days and weeks of parenthood are special times; this makes it especially devastating when things go wrong and more devastating when what went wrong was caused by malpractice or negligence.
We have settled many cases on behalf of parents seeking compensation for injury to their children during birth. This is a complex area when seeking compensation due to the many individual factors that can present themselves. Where there is a case we make sure you receive the compensation you deserve to assist the future care and therapy your child will need for the rest of their life. If you would like to discuss a possible cerebral palsy negligence claim, contact one of our specialists on 020 3510 0205.
Types of cerebral palsy
There are four major types of cerebral palsy: spastic, athetoid, ataxic and mixed type:
- Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type of CP, making up 70% to 80% of cases. People with spastic cerebral palsy often experience awkward reflexes and jerky movements (hypertonia) due to muscle stiffness or weakness
- Ataxic cerebral palsy – up to 10% of children with cerebral palsy are diagnosed with the ataxic type. Ataxic cerebral palsy is is characterised by problems with balance and coordination
- Athetoid cerebral palsy – “non-spastic cerebral palsy”, this affects muscle tone. The main trait of athetoid CP is involuntary or jerky movement in the face, torso and limbs.
- Mixed cerebral palsy is a combination of spastic and athetoid cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy and medical negligence
Cerebral palsy can be caused by mistakes during the birth process, often involving a breach of duty of care and treatment by doctors or midwives. Cerebral palsy is caused by a brain injury or malformation that occurs before, during or after birth. Errors after delivery of your child such as undetected injury and even undetected illness such as meningitis can also contribute to cerebral palsy development. The main causes of cerebral palsy resulting from medical negligence include:
- Failure to monitor the baby’s heartbeat – an abnormal heart rate can indicate that the baby is in distress and is not getting enough oxygen
- Delay in delivery causing deprivation of oxygen (intrauterine hypoxia/asphyxia)
- Failure to diagnose and treat jaundice, resulting in hyperbilirubinemia (increased levels of bilirubin in the blood) and kernicterus (a complication of neonatal jaundice), leading to brain damage.
- Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of meningitis
- Failure to diagnose and treat low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)
This is a condition your child will have for life and compensation is a necessity to cope with the expenses you will face.
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