Cerebral Palsy & Birth Injury

How will I know if my child has a legal case for Cerebral Palsy or a birth injury?

If it can be established that a mother’s pregnancy, labour and delivery was mismanaged by the delivery team and caused cerebral palsy or birth injury to the baby’s brain which could have been avoided, had competent medical treatment been given then certainly questions will need to be answered by the hospital and the delivery team.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is a disorder of motor function caused by an acquired injury to the brain as it is developing. It is important to understand that only a minute number of babies who suffer from Cerebral Palsy, do so, as a result of negligent care during the pregnancy, delivery or even from the neo – natal care provided.

Cerebral Palsy can occur without negligence but the manner in which the pregnancy, delivery and neo – natal care is handled can often have an effect particularly if it is handled poorly. In these instances, if competent care had been provided then quite often the injury to the brain could have been avoided or at least significantly reduced.

Numerous common complications can arise during pregnancy, delivery and in the immediate period afterward, unfortunately some of these are not properly addressed by medical staff.

Autism / Global Developmental Delay

Of interest also is a number of worldwide studies investigating possible links between birth trauma and conditions such as Global Developmental Delay, Autism etc . particularly in cases where other causes have been ruled out. These very issues were scheduled to come before the Irish Courts earlier this year but the case concerned was settled by the HSE for substantial compensation beforehand.

How can Byrne Carolan Cunningham help me?

Our Medical Negligence Department Solicitors specialise in the area of Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injuries.  We deal with these issues on a regular basis.

We expertly review all medical records and engage the very best professional specialist opinion to analyse and comment upon any substandard care and/or breach of duty on the part of the medical team.

If you have concerns regarding your labour and the delivery of your child please contact us in confidence.  Phone 090 6478433 or email: info@bccsolicitors.ie to arrange an appointment at a date, time and location convenient to you.



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