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My Child Has Been Diagnosed With Cerebral Palsy – Can I Make A Claim For Medical Negligence?

Cerebral Palsy is a condition where there has been an injury to the brain as it develops or there is abnormal brain development. This can occur before, during or after birth or indeed in early childhood.

If you would like to make a claim for medical negligence following the diagnosis of your child with cerebral palsy, you will need to consider the following things:

Choosing The Right Solicitor

You should ensure that you make the right decision when it comes to appointing a solicitor to represent you in your claim for cerebral palsy medical negligence. The process of making a claim will take a long time and you need to make sure that the solicitor is experienced in cerebral palsy claims, but also that you trust them and feel comfortable with them. They will be representing you and your family so it is really important that they can communicate with you easily and that you trust them to act in your best interests. You should be offered a free consultation with a solicitor, so you will be able to use this meeting to decide if they are the right solicitor for you.

Funding Your Claim

Your solicitor will be able to discuss with you all of the options open to you to be able to fund your claim for medical negligence. Once you have decided how you will fund your claim your solicitor will be able to start making enquiries, obtaining medical notes and also using independent medical experts to provide their opinion on what caused your child to have cerebral palsy.

Who Was Responsible?

There are many reasons why cerebral palsy can happen, and to be successful in a medical negligence claim you will need to be able to show that the medical professionals who worked with you and your child were negligent and did not do all they could have done and as a result, your child suffered from the brain injury that caused cerebral palsy. You may find this process distressing and you will also need to consider what happens if the hospital were not at fault.

How Long Do I Have To Make A Cerebral Palsy Claim?

A diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy will not normally be made until the developmental milestones such as sitting, crawling and standing are observed. This may mean that you are concerned about the timescales around making a claim for medical negligence. You should not be concerned though. Although there is a three year time limit on making a claim for medical negligence, because your child is under the age of 18, the three year limit does not begin until they reach adulthood (18 years old).

Cerebral Palsy Compensation Northern Ireland

Any compensation you receive will help you to provide your child with the support they need throughout their lifetime.

Let Us Help You

If you would like any further information about Cerebral Palsy in Northern Ireland and medical negligence or you would like to speak to one of Belfast medical negligence team, please call us on 0800 020 9311 or complete our Online Enquiry Form and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.

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