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Birth injury » Celebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is one possible result of a birth injury and can have serious implications for your babys health. Its name refers to a group of permanent brain injuries. People suffering from this complex condition have limited motor skills, speech difficulties, learning disabilities and other associated problems.

Cerebral palsy is widely regarded as a physical condition that affects movement as a result of injury to the brain. However, every child suffers from cerebral palsy slightly differently and their level of personal mobility is affected in different ways.

About one in every 500 children born in the UK develops cerebral palsy due to abnormalities in brain development, birth accidents and medical negligence.

More diligent maternity care has meant that over the years, fewer babies are being born with cerebral palsy due to birth injuries, although cases still occur.

Symptoms of cerebral palsy

The most common symptoms associated with cerebral palsy include:

  • Abnormal and insufficient muscle tone
  • Being slow to reach development points like rolling over, crawling, sitting and walking
  • Difficulty using and controlling muscles
  • Difficulty using hands for writing or eating and abnormal posture
  • Problems with balance and/or coordination
  • Visual problems
  • Hearing problems
  • Learning difficulties
  • Epilepsy
  • Seizures or spasms

The different types of cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy comes in several different forms - spastic cerebral palsy, athetoid cerebral palsy and ataxic cerebral palsy.

Spastic cerebral palsy is when some of the muscles are tight, stiff or weak when a baby tries to move their limbs, making movement difficult. With athetoid cerebral palsy, muscle control is affected by unwanted sporadic movements. Children with ataxic cerebral palsy often have balance issues, shaky movements of hands or feet and speech problems.

Treatment for cerebral palsy

There is no cure for cerebral palsy as there is currently no way to repair damage to the brain. However, there are several different treatments and therapies available which reduce the impact of the condition by improving communication skills or by finding alternative approaches to mobility and functionality issues.

A speech therapist can help with communication problems, for example, and a physiotherapist can help with exercises that improve movement and flexibility.

Scope is a charity with a focus on cerebral palsy which can provide more information on the different therapies available and how they can help assist in your childs development. Visit www.scope.org.uk for more information.

How to claim birth injury compensation

A diagnosis for cerebral palsy is usually made within the first three years of a childs life. If your child has suffered cerebral palsy as a result of a birth accident, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim as in some cases, different management of medical procedures could have avoided a birth injury of this nature.

If it can be shown that the attending obstetrician or midwives did not perform with due duty, care or diligence or the standards expected of them and the birth injury occurred as a result, they may be liable.

Our personal injury solicitors are extremely skilled and have helped many people throughout the UK to get birth injury compensation. Their expertise allows them to maintain an excellent success rate and an exceptional reputation.

Call us now on 01582 437070 and we will discuss your birth injury case and our straightforward claims process with you.