Many people are unaware of how common cerebral palsy is in Northern Ireland. In the past, it was a major issue as the needs of young people with cerebral palsy and their families were largely unknown. Thankfully, the Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register (NICPR) was created in 1991 to address this issue. The Register collects data on cerebral palsy in Northern Ireland for research into the causes and examining trends over time. This data allows us to see if cerebral palsy is becoming more common as well as get a broader understanding of the causes.
Now that NICPR has made the needs of those living with cerebral palsy more visible in Northern Ireland, there is an increase in people investigating the causes of their child’s cerebral palsy. In some cases, Cerebral Palsy medical negligence has occurred and families are seeking compensation. In these incidents you are entitled to claim the money you need in compensation to help provide all of the care your child requires. Paschal O’Hare Solicitors has been helping families get the compensation they deserve by taking on their cases.
Using data from the NICPR, we have created an infographic that explores the prevalence of cerebral palsy in Northern Ireland. The data is gathered from orthopaedic surgeons, paediatricians, neonatologists, physiotherapists and parents. It is then validated by a Registry Paediatrician who takes a broad description of their impairments and some basic birth information. The data used can be viewed on the NICPR’s Recent Statistics section and is gathered from children assessed at age five.
If you want more information on making a cerebral palsy claim or have any legal questions then please call us today on 0800 020 9311 or fill out a quick online form and one of our expert solicitors will get back to you shortly.