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Posted 28 February 2016
by Endurance Arthur

An introduction to cerebral palsy claims

What is cerebral Palsy?

 Cerebral palsy is the name given to a range of neurological disorders which affect muscle tone, movement, motor skills and co-ordination.

What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?

Symptoms of cerebral palsy can range from a mild limp to catastrophic damage with mobility problems in the legs and hands, speech impairment, difficulties swallowing, poor vision and hearing, lack of bladder and bowel function, epilepsy and global developmental delay with severe learning difficulties.

What causes cerebral palsy?

 Cerebral palsy affects 1 in every 400 babies born alive in the UK and is caused by damage to the developing brain before, during or shortly after birth. In most cases, the brain damage occurs before the baby’s birth as a result of a number of causes such as:

  • An infection caught by the mother during pregnancy
  • Premature birth
  • Changes in the genes responsible for brain development

However about 1 in 10 incidents of cerebral palsy are caused by birth asphyxia (where the baby’s brain is deprived of oxygen) during a difficult or complicated birth.

When is a claim for compensation for cerebral palsy appropriate?

 Most claims for compensation or damages for cerebral palsy are brought because negligence in managing a difficult or high risk birth has led to catastrophic brain injury.

In some cases, compensation is sought because there has been a failure to recognise and treat low blood sugar levels or an infection in the newborn.

At Tozers we have been successful in getting compensation for many children who suffered cerebral palsy during or after their birth.  Some of our successes relate to cases brought following oxygen deprivation in the course of heart surgery on young children at the Bristol Royal infirmary.

Caring for and bringing up a child with cerebral palsy can be an enormous challenge physically, emotionally and financially.  If you have experienced medical negligence during the birth of your child which has led to a significant injury to yourself or your child then you may be entitled to claim compensation.  The compensation will ensure that your child’s needs arising from the medical negligence can be paid for the rest of his or her life.


At Tozers Solicitors LLP we act for clients as solicitors in Exeter, Devon, the South West and nationally.  Should you or a family member wish to discuss a potential claim, please call our specialist team for a free and confidential consultation.



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About the author

Endurance Arthur

Partner and Solicitor

Partner and solicitor in the medical negligence department and a member of the Law Society's Clinical Negligence Panel