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Few things are more devastating than discovering that your child has been injured before, during or after birth due to medical negligence. Some conditions are more severe than others, but all injuries can affect the life of your family.
In the UK, around 2 in every 1000 children suffer from Cerebral Palsy. It is thought that 10% of sufferers can attribute their disability to birth complications, this is where Cerebral Palsy claims may be brought.
Cerebral Palsy is a serious non-progressive disorder of movement that is caused by damage to the brain and often attributed to causes such as lack of oxygen, infection or jaundice.
Such brain damage is permanent and can occur either before, during or after the delivery.
"A medical practitioner is under a duty to provide a reasonable standard of treatment and care."
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In order to succeed with a Cerebral Palsy claim we will need to prove that the doctors or midwives did not meet the standards required of them during the birthing process and that those failings are likely to have caused the birth injury.
If your child is showing symptoms or has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy it is possible that a mistake during labour or delivery led to brain damage. To bring a claim, it must first be shown that mistakes were made that amount to medical negligence.
Cerebral Palsy Claims can result from:
- Failing to monitor the mother or the child properly
- Failing to take account of warning signs such as falling or unhealthy heartbeat, the presence of meconium and disproportionate pain
- Failing to deliver when it was called for either naturally, assisted (by forceps or ventouse for example) or by caesarean section
- Inappropriate use of forceps, causing a haemorrhage due to excess force
If you consider you had a badly handled labour and delivery, any negligent ante-natal care or that your baby wasn’t properly cared for after birth, and your child has Cerebral Palsy you may be able to bring a claim on behalf of your child.
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We offer free initial advice to discuss the potential of bringing a claim.
Swain & Co Solicitors can advise on time limits for bringing a claim. In simple terms a claim for a child must be commenced within three years of a child reaching 18.
If this person lacks mental capacity, the time limit does not apply all the time they lack mental capacity.
Contact our Cerebral Palsy Lawyers: we have offices in Havant/Portsmouth, Southampton and Liverpool | Nationwide service
If your child suffers from Cerebral Palsy and you would like to find out about the possibility of a medical/clinical negligence claim, contact Swain & Co Solicitors today on 0800 0351 999