Guide to Cerebral Palsy Claims

Can you make a claim for compensation?

If your own child or a family friend or relative has cerebral palsy you are often confused, angry and scared. This guide has been prepared to advise you of your options so that you can make an informed decision about what you can do for the sufferer.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

The term Cerebral Palsy comes from the part of the brain that is damaged (the cerebrum) and palsy which means disorders of movement. Something happens which prevents the cerebrum connecting with other parts of the brain. This occurrs caused when a baby is starved of oxygen during during pregnancy or at or after birth, which can occur for a number of reasons. The starvation of oxygen causes damage to the brain which can lead to physical or intellectual difficulties.

Unfortunately, cerebral palsy effects 1 in every 10,000 babies born in the UK. Many babies who have been affected by Cerebral Palsy and other birth injuries will require help and assistance for many years - sometimes even for the rest of their life. Many families don't have the resources to provide the very best care they would want for their baby. That is where 1stClaims' expert Cerebral Palsy and birth injury claims solicitors can help you. Not only will they recover compensation for the pain and suffering experienced, they will also claim for medical assistance and additional care for the family to make a difficult situation better.

How Does It Happen?

There are a number of causes for Cerebral Palsy, the most common include:

  • Infections in the womb, such as meningitis
  • Bleeding into the brain
  • Failing to act swiftly to remove a baby with a twisted umbilical cord
  • Other complications at birth leading to oxygen starvation

What Are The Symptoms

These are not always immediately apparent and can take months to become clear. However, they include stiffness or floppiness of the child's limbs, irregular writhing movements or strange postures.

Can It Be Treated?

Whilst there is no permanent treatment, there are a range of therapies that can ease pain, assist movement and improve communication skills. If you choose a 1stClaims Cerebral Palsy solicitor to help you they will explore all treatment opportunities to make your child and your own life as straightforward as possible.

What are the Costs?

1stClaims does not charge you for using our service and all initial enquiries with our Solicitors are also free of charge, so rest assured, this initial step of making an enquiry will not cost you anything.

Once one of our Solicitors has assessed the merits of your enquiry they will make a judgement on the likely chances of bringing a successful claim and if the prospects are good, they will normally offer to take your case on a No Win No Fee basis. NOTE: If your case is successful your Solicitor will deduct up to a maximum of 25% of your final settlement or compensation award as payment for their fees. You can find out more about No Win No Fee arrangements and the potential costs that can be incurred by clicking here.

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What Do I Do Next?

If you believe your own or a friend or family members' child has suffered Cerebral Palsy you can receive a free review of the circumstances from one of our solicitors. They will help you go through a complaints procedure and will then be able to act on the child's behalf (with Legal Aid funding usually available to pursue the claim). They will establish the cause of the Cerebral Palsy, arrange therapy and obtain compensation for the child to make their life as comfortable as possible.

If you would like 1stClaims expert Medical Negligence Solicitors on your side please call us free on 0800 2888 693 (from a mobile click to call: 01348 630 720) or complete our Free Claim Enquiry form now and we will be in touch with you very soon.

Remember, all initial enquiries are completely free of charge and we will investigate all funding options for you.


We are here to help you from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday,
8.30am to 6pm on Saturday and 9am to 6pm on Sundays.

Will Cerebral Palsy Deteriorate?

No. Cerebral Palsy is non progressive, meaning once the damage has occurred it does not get any worse. However, as the child grows older any physical injuries will often appear to deteriorate due to the child growing in size, emphasising the nature of the disability.

Does Cerebral Palsy Prevent Learning In A Child?

Whilst Cerebral Palsy can impact upon a child's learning abilities, it very much depends on the extent of the damage. Many children can still be very intelligent despite having suffered cerebral palsy. Often people confuse the muscle spasms in the face with a lack of development but this is often not the case.

See our Cerebral Palsy Claim case study for more information.

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