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Cerebral Palsy

At Berwick Solicitors, we provide dedicated legal support for families affected by cerebral palsy due to medical negligence. Our team combines years of experience, specialist knowledge and a commitment to securing justice for our clients, ensuring they receive the compensation and support they need and deserve.

Understanding Cerebral Palsy and Medical Negligence

Can Cerebral Palsy Be Caused by Negligence?

Yes, cerebral palsy can be the result of medical negligence. While not all cases are due to negligence, some occur when medical professionals fail to provide adequate care during pregnancy, labour and delivery. This can include failing to detect or properly manage infections, not responding appropriately to fetal distress and mishandling delivery, which can lead to brain damage and cerebral palsy.

What Are the 4 Types of Cerebral Palsy?

  1. Spastic Cerebral Palsy: Characterised by stiff muscles and awkward movements.
  2. Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy: Involves fluctuating muscle tone and involuntary movements.
  3. Ataxic Cerebral Palsy: Affects balance and depth perception.
  4. Mixed Cerebral Palsy: A combination of two or more of the above types.

What Is the Most Common Cause of Cerebral Palsy?

The most common cause of cerebral palsy is brain damage occurring before, during, or shortly after birth. This can result from a lack of oxygen to the brain, premature birth, infections, or head injuries.

What Causes Cerebral Palsy During Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, several factors can increase the risk of developing cerebral palsy, including maternal infections, severe jaundice and conditions that lead to a lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain.

Is Cerebral Palsy Always a Birth Defect?

Cerebral palsy is not always considered a birth defect. It’s primarily defined as a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. While some causes are genetic, many cases result from brain damage before or during birth or in the first months of life, not necessarily from congenital defects.

What Kind of Birth Injury Causes Cerebral Palsy?

Birth injuries that can lead to cerebral palsy include those that cause brain damage or disrupt oxygen supply to the baby’s brain. This can happen due to prolonged labour, umbilical cord problems, or traumatic delivery techniques.

Berwick Solicitors Helping Families Affected by Cerebral Palsy

At Berwick Solicitors, we understand the challenges families face when a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy due to medical negligence. We specialise in cerebral palsy claims, offering compassionate, comprehensive legal services to help families navigate the complex process of seeking compensation.

Our team works closely with medical experts to thoroughly investigate each case, determine the cause of cerebral palsy and establish if negligence occurred. We’re dedicated to holding responsible parties accountable and securing the financial support necessary for your child’s care, treatment and rehabilitation.

Your Trusted Legal Partner

Choosing Berwick Solicitors means partnering with a firm that prioritises your family’s needs and well-being. We’re committed to providing clear, straightforward advice and strong legal representation, ensuring the best possible outcome for your cerebral palsy claim.

If you believe your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by medical negligence, contact Berwick Solicitors today. Our experienced team is ready to listen to your story, offer expert legal advice and guide you through every step of the claims process with empathy and expertise.

Medical Negligence Solicitors

For expert guidance and comprehensive support on handling medical negligence claims in Ireland, refer to our medical negligence solicitors page. Our dedicated team, with extensive experience across a wide range of medical negligence cases, is committed to delivering the justice and compensation you are entitled to. We provide detailed information and resources to assist you through this challenging process, ensuring you have the representation you need.


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