Cerebral Palsy is caused by abnormal developments or damage in parts of the brain that control muscle tone and motor activity movement. Parents normally notice its effects in infancy or early childhood when the child shows difficulty in rolling over, sitting, crawling, walking, speech, swallowing and other functions.
The damage can occur early in pregnancy when the brain is just starting to form, during the birth process as the child passes through the birth canal, or after birth in the first few years of life.
In many cases the exact cause of brain damage is never known and it takes approximately 18 months to 2 years for doctors to make a positive diagnosis or otherwise.
When a child is diagnosed as having Cerebral Palsy, it does not automatically mean that Medical Negligence occurred either at the prenatal period or during the birth process.
In the vast majority of instances, attending Hospitals, Doctors, Mid-wives and other Medical Professionals act with the utmost care and responsibility in meeting the highest of standards on behalf of patients in their care.
However when that standard of care falls short of the legal standard required, Medical Negligence may have occurred and outcomes can go wrong.
Cerebral Palsy which involves Medical Negligence is a complicated area of Law, and requires specialist knowledge by your Legal Practitioner. Our Solicitors at Medical Law have that expertise.