Whilst some parents of negligently brain-injured children feel driven to seek answers, professional advice and compensation, many are not comfortable with the idea of bringing a medical negligence claim. In the aftermath of a difficult birth and whilst coming to terms with a cerebral palsy diagnosis, it is natural to try to avoid further contact or conflict with the hospital and focus on caring for the child.
For many families, the decision to bring a cerebral palsy claim comes later when, despite their best efforts, they struggle to provide for their child’s disability-related, additional needs. As their child advances in age, the extent to which the child is disadvantaged by their disability becomes more and more apparent. Sometimes it is the parents, sometimes an older sibling, but often it is the teenage or young adult with the disability who decides to find out whether they are entitled to financial help through a medical negligence claim.
The decision to pursue a medical negligence claim usually arises from the realisation that the child, teenager or young adult’s needs are increasing beyond anything that they had anticipated in their infancy.
Additional financial support
The reality is that state provision for the special needs that people with cerebral palsy or brain injury have is insufficient to meet those needs properly. When every aspect of life – home, feeding, bathing, seating, travel, education, therapy, communicating, computing, working, leisure activity – is challenged by a disability that was caused by errors in maternity or neonatal care, a compensation claim can provide a much-needed lifeline.
Access to specialist support and assistance
We know that nothing can take away the permanent injury but compensation to buy specialist care, adapted housing and equipment, educational assistance and vocational support can help redress the balance and offer access to previously unavailable opportunities. With accessibility and support, life becomes more rewarding and enjoyable for those with cerebral palsy. Meanwhile, the financial security of a properly managed settlement or award guarantees the child’s life-long provision, allowing their family some peace of mind.
Guidance and expertise from our team
Our past clients tell us that although they initially found the prospect of bringing a claim daunting, as the case progressed, they felt supported by our guidance and trusted in our expertise. The successful conclusion of their cerebral palsy claim immeasurably improved their ability to care for their child and provided them with the relief that comes from knowing their child’s specialist needs will continue to be met for life.
Peace of mind for the future
We understand the enormous physical, psychological, emotional and financial impact that cerebral palsy and severe disability has on the individual and their family. We have helped countless families rebuild their lives, alleviate financial hardship and ease their worries for their child’s future. Where their child has a legal right to compensation for the injury, we believe it is in the severely disabled child’s lifelong interests to help them recover the compensation to which they are entitled.
We guide our clients through the claims process in the quickest, most professionally supportive and appropriate way. We are nationally acclaimed for our expertise in investigating claims and recovering damages for those affected by injuries of the utmost severity.