Cerebral palsy birth and maternity claims represent 40 per cent of NHS claims

Our clinical negligence team have in depth experience of cerebral palsy cases. Cerebral palsy is the umbrella term for a number of neurological conditions that affect movement and co-ordination.


United Kingdom – WEBWIRE – Thursday, July 10, 2014

According to figures cerebral palsy claims made up almost 11 per cent of all medical negligence claims relating to birth and maternity injuries in the NHS between 2000 and 2010 and has seen the NHS pay out more than £3 billion in compensation claims linked to maternity care.

Our clinical negligence team have in depth experience of cerebral palsy cases.

Cerebral palsy is the umbrella term for a number of neurological conditions that affect movement and co-ordination. Neurological conditions are caused by problems in the brain and nervous system. We have produced an infographic to help explain the condition and provide some informative points on the subject. If you would like to speak to a specialist in this field please call us for a no obligation discussion.

When does cerebral palsy occur?

Figures show that 20 per cent of brain damage, which leads to cerebral palsy, occurs during birth, whereas 70% of brain damage that causes cerebral palsy occurs prior to birth, mostly during the second and third trimester.
What are the main causes of cerebral palsy?

The main causes of cerebral palsy are usually due to an infection in the early stages of pregnancy or lack of oxygen to the brain at any stage, however studies have shown that cerebral palsy is also linked to abnormal brain development or a genetic link.

What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?
Symptoms of cerebral palsy can vary in their severity, but the most common symptoms involve mobility problems, the non-use of limbs as well as random/uncontrolled body movements. Cerebral palsy can also cause balance and co-ordination problems as well as the impairment of cognitive functions in the individual.

How many people have been successful in pursuing a claim for cerebral palsy due to clinical negligence?

According to figures cerebral palsy claims made up almost 11 per cent of all medical negligence claims relating to birth and maternity injuries in the NHS between 2000 and 2010 and has seen the NHS pay out more than £3 billion in compensation claims linked to maternity care.

Maternity related negligence claims have risen by a massive 80 per cent in the past five years alone, paying out on average £277,000 through 2000-2010, but it was cerebral palsy birth and maternity claims that represented 40 per cent of total claims across the service resulting in over £1.2 billion in compensation.

If you believe your child has suffered due to clinical negligence resulting in cerebral palsy, you deserve compensation.
The expert solicitors at Stephensons can help you with your cerebral palsy compensation claim.

We understand the thought of seeking legal advice can be a daunting experience, but the friendly team at Stephensons are here to change that by offering the very best in compassionate legal advice from solicitors who care and will fight for your right to compensation on your behalf.

We go above and beyond to provide a service that will ensure your compensation claim helps your child live life to the full and have the best chances at fulfilling their potential. We will make sure you receive the maximum amount of compensation available whilst putting you in touch with a financial advisor and organising a case manager who will create a care plan based on your child’s needs and help organise suitable accommodation, rehabilitation as well as any adaptions to your home, if so required.

We will even source vocational courses and further education providers where necessary, for your child.

Act now to ensure the needs of your child are met, by contacting a specialist cerebral palsy and clinical negligence solicitor at Stephensons today on 0333 344 4885 or visit www.stephensons.co.uk/clinicalnegligence.

Stephensons, working with you, for you.


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