This is a general term for a number of neurological conditions that can affect a person’s movement and co-ordination. The condition can occur if the brain develops abnormally, or is damaged during or shortly after the birth. There are many different causes of cerebral palsy including; infection during pregnancy, difficult or premature birth, bleeding to the brain, or changes in the baby’s genes.
There are 4 different types of Cerebral Palsy:
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy – the most common form, which causes exaggerated and random movements of the body
- Athetoid Cerebral Palsy – low muscle tone
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy – problems with balance and co-ordination
- Mixed Cerebral Palsy – a range of different injuries
Cerebral Palsy usually becomes apparent during the first 3 years of the child’s life. It will usually affect the child’s movement and co-ordination, as well as causing muscle weakness and swallowing difficulties. Children with cerebral palsy, depending on the severity, usually require extensive care and assistance throughout their life.
If this is caused by medical negligence, we at Clear Law may be able to assist you with your claim, helping to make sure your child has the right amount of compensation to help with the care needed.
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