Cerebral Palsy Due To Medical Negligence
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is defined as: a condition marked by impaired muscle coordination (spastic paralysis) and/or other disabilities, typically caused by damage to the brain before or at birth.
Cerebral Palsy affects the part of the brain that is responsible for controlling the movement of muscle. The effects of CP can be mild or severe. One person affected mildly by CP, for example, may have mild muscle control issues that are hardly noticeable, whereas another may be unable to speak or walk.
What causes Cerebral Palsy?
There are a number of issues that could lead to a baby being born with CP. It could be due to a trauma to mother or baby during pregnancy, as a result of an illness contracted by the mother during pregnancy such as German Measles, Chickenpox or sexually transmitted diseases like Herpes or Syphilis.
A baby may also contract certain infections such as bacterial meningitis, viral encephalitis or severe jaundice that could lead to CP.
And finally, CP can be a result of unavoidable childbirth complications or due to medical negligence.
What to do if my child has CP as a result of medical negligence or malpractice?
Because the number of factors that could result in CP is so high, it can be extremely difficult to prove medical negligence.
An experienced legal professional will know what questions to ask and will be able to guide you through the process of claiming for compensation.
What does compensation cover?
You need to think ahead when working with compensation. You may be awarded a sum of money that seems like a very large amount at the time. However, this money needs to go towards supporting an individual who may never be able to support themselves and who may have special needs.
An individual with CP requires lifelong treatment and will also require some, or all, of the following:
- On-going doctor’s appointments
- Appointments with specialist
- Physical, Speech and/or occupational therapy
- Special needs schooling
- Modifications to housing/vehicles for wheelchair
- Qualified full or part-time care-givers
- Specialised equipment like walkers, wheelchair, back/neck braces
- And more.
All of this needs to be carefully considered and comprehensively thought-through.
At Gert Nel Incorporated, we offer a free evaluation to determine if you have a valid case. If you do, we will help you every step of the way to achieve the best possible compensation. This is done on a no win, no fee basis so you carry no additional risk.
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