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No win, no fee cerebral palsy claims

No win, no fee

Our highly-experienced Cerebral Palsy solicitors can represent you at no upfront cost. Under our No Win No Fee agreement you will only pay a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation you are awarded if your case is successful.

We also offer Legal Aid funding for certain cases involving children who have a neurological injury that has resulted in severe disability, which has been sustained either through pregnancy, during the birth or the first eight weeks of the child’s life.

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A life-limiting condition

A life-limiting condition

Most parents picture heading home from hospital with a healthy baby, but around one in 400 children in the UK is born with Cerebral Palsy each year, a brain injury which affects movement and muscle control.

Cerebral Palsy is often significantly life-limiting, placing great strain on both the physical and mental health of people with the condition, and on loved ones who often need to provide round-the-clock support.

There are many possible causes of Cerebral Palsy, but complications either before or at the time of birth can sometimes lead to lifelong birth injuries, and can be as a result of medical negligence.

Cerebral Palsy is just one of many birth injuries that have severe and long-lasting effects, and a legal claim can secure significant compensation to firstly attend to a child’s immediate needs, and for their long-term future.


Specialists in Cerebral Palsy claims

Specialists in cerebral palsy claims

Cerebral Palsy is not a progressive condition, but one that can lead to complications unless appropriately managed. Children often benefit from highly specialised early interventions and careful monitoring throughout their development.

At Hudgell Solicitors, our dedicated team of Cerebral Palsy compensation solicitors place a focus on securing interim compensation payments as soon as possible. This can cover the cost of much-needed therapy, equipment, accommodation and care.

Our work is dedicated to ensuring parents are fully supported, that all is in place to maximise your child’s potential, and to secure a compensation settlement which helps your child have the best possible quality of life long term.

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Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Causes of cerebral palsy

The cause of Cerebral Palsy that leads to claims for medical negligence compensation is nearly always a lack of oxygen during a difficult or premature birth, or in the immediate aftermath.

Of all the types of Cerebral Palsy, some are due to lack of oxygen at birth, with the vast majority being due to other factors.

If a baby suffers from a lack of oxygen during delivery or very shortly after being born, the baby can often require resuscitating and be admitted to a special care baby unit. The baby often goes on to develop organ failure and seizures.

Babies born prematurely are at the highest risk. Other causes of Cerebral Palsy include:

  • An infection caught by the mother during pregnancy.
  • Bleeding in the baby’s brain.
  • Changes in genes affecting brain development when the baby is in utero.

Signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy

Signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy

Cerebral Palsy is not often immediately diagnosed at birth, often it is a baby failing to reach developmental milestones in their early years that leads parents to question why, and to then seek advice.

Cerebral Palsy is one of a group of lifelong conditions affecting movement and co-ordination. It can range from relatively mild, allowing a person the ability to live independently with proficient speech and mobility, to a severe and debilitating condition affecting all four limbs and thus depriving some of the ability to speak, walk and requiring full care.

The main Cerebral Palsy symptoms are:

  • Muscle stiffness or floppiness.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Random and uncontrolled body movements.
  • Balance and coordination problems.

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How to make a cerebral palsy claim

How to make a claim

Make a claim in six easy steps

Step 1

Free Initial Advice

Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think you have a claim.

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We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim, which could be a No win, No fee agreement or Legal Aid.

Step 3

Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports

We will request copies of your medical records and instruct appropriate medical experts to prepare reports confirming whether your care was negligent and how this caused you injury.

Step 4

Letter Of Claim

We will send a letter to your healthcare provider with details of your claim, setting out why we think your case was negligent and how this caused you injury.

Step 5

Prepare Claim Valuation

We will put together a schedule of loss setting out the losses you have incurred and the extent of the injuries you have sustained.

Step 6

Negotiate Settlement

We will send all the evidence to your opponent inviting their settlement proposals. If we cannot agree a reasonable settlement, we will prepare court proceedings.

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Hudgell Solicitors took my case on and my expectations were exceeded. All persons at Hudgell are professional and courteous. My claim was one against Norfolk Police. Without going into details, the Police had clearly been in the wrong and were in process of accusing me of exactly what they had actually done to me and a further cover up of the truth. Hudgell took my instructions and were in contact with me during the whole process and brought about a very satisfactory outcome. To be clear...Satisfactory is a very good outcome. I would recommend Hudgell without question. I feel I have been treated respectfully and my case notes were engrained into those at Hudgell that helped me get a conclusion to the most heinous acts from the Norfolk Police.
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Philip Moore
My brother was the victim of quite a bad motorcycle accident where he was not at fault. Sadly he only held third party cover so whilst he was in hospital I was asked by him to find a solicitor to claim against the third party. After doing some research I chose Hudgell to help us (even tho Neil Hudgell is the owner of the dreaded Hull KR and I am a massive FC fan). INITIAL CONTACT I made contact by phone and this was a simple conversation. The member of staff was very friendly and extremely helpful. All the questions I had were dealt with and I was very happy with the outcome of the call. FOLLOWING INITAL CONTACT. Within half an hour of contacting Hudgell’s a senior manager made contact with me and discussed what would happen next. Again this was very personal and really helpful. After another half an hour Sam (my brother’s now solicitor) called me. We chatted about what had happened and what he was planning to do initially. Sam was really friendly and understanding. He put me at ease right away and explained everything clearly and directly answering all questions I had. Within a week of the claim being opened Sam and Laura (Chartered Legal Executive) visited my brother in hospital. They helped put him at ease immediately and talked through what would happen, what their objectives were and also but more importantly made my brother understand that they would do everything to help him in any way he needed. After this meeting in the hospital we were happy that this claim was in safe hands. Sam the Solicitor A very friendly chap who shoots from the hip and tells you a spade is a spade. A chap who doesn’t make promises he can’t keep. A really likable man who you would want to have a pint with and we did not always look at him as the solicitor. He kept us updated at all stages and was always contactable. I did have one heated conversation with Sam BUT this was a good thing. I say this because he is very passionate about his job sometimes when a third person (me) is acting on behalf of the victim (my brother) it can be a little hard at times to please everyone. He took all we threw at him and directed us really well. Sam thank you for all your hard work, your support and the outcome. Laura Chartered Legal Executive What can I say about Laura, an absolute gem this lady is. Professional, very committed to her job, compassionate, More than helpful, caring and really cared in my opinion about my brother and his recovery. Every contact we had with Laura was amazing. She is one of those people who puts you at ease right away. Laura dealt with every problem with put at her feet, every question we had she dealt with and if she could not answer there and then she would find the answers we needed. If we had a problem she would find a solution. Again always contactable and if she could not respond immediately to a call she would call back within the business day. Laura thank you for all your hard work, Thank you for being there when we were dealing with all the problems we had. Both Sam and yourself are a credit to your company and your profession. The service provided by Hudgell’s far exceeded what we expected. If you need the services Hudgell provides then I would highly recommend your choice of solicitors is this company.
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Mark Fox
I was represented/instructed by Mobeena Salim, who was always available when i wanted to discuss my case, which was reassuring and comforting. We were able to pressure the defendants who eventually agreed to settle and this meant we did not have the drawn out court process! Overall, i am happy with the service, only criticism is that i feel we could have settled a higher amonut if we continued negotiations. Would use this firm again! Thanks for everything.
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S C Williams
I am sorry but the person's name that dealt with me who was admin was Natasha - my name is definitely not Natalie but obviously it shows how much attention you pay to people's particulars and case details. So sorry not interested in your services - as previously mentioned when it comes to medical negligence, you are impersonal, inefficient and inaccurate. Also the comment went on TP on the 22nd March and you provided yet another generic response on the 2nd April.
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What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is a complicated condition and symptoms may differ from person to person. There are various subdivisions, depending on the condition’s severity, so a child may be diagnosed with mild, moderate, or severe Cerebral Palsy.

The four main categories of the condition are:

Spastic Cerebral Palsy

The most common type, accounting for 70 to 80 per cent of all cases of Cerebral Palsy. It occurs when brain damage affects the cerebral cortex (the outer layer of the brain). The damage may be limited to one side of the body or just the lower limbs.

In spastic Cerebral Palsy, brain damage prevents the normal messages from the brain to muscle. To allow movement, muscles will work in pairs, so one set contracts while the other relaxes. In spastic Cerebral Palsy, the muscles often become active at once, which causes tension or spasticity which makes movement difficult.

The impact on movement depends on the severity of the condition and the number of muscles affected. For those who suffer from mild spastic Cerebral Palsy there may only be an inability to complete certain tasks, whereas, with severe spastic Cerebral Palsy, a person may be unable to complete most, if not all of the activities of daily living.

Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy

This type of Cerebral Palsy affects about one-quarter of all the people with the condition and is a result of brain damage to the basal ganglia located in the midbrain region.

It usually affects all of the limbs and, in some instances, facial muscles are affected which causes dribbling. Rather than the increased muscle tone found in spastic Cerebral Palsy, this type of Cerebral Palsy manifests with some muscles being far too tense while others are too relaxed and this involuntary muscle activity can affect the whole body at once.

Mixed Cerebral Palsy

This is when there is a combination of spasticity and dyskinetic movements.

Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

This is a much rarer form of Cerebral Palsy affecting only between five to 10 per cent of those with this condition. In these cases, the damage is caused to the cerebellum – the part of the brain governing the muscle movement required for balance and coordination – so those with ataxic Cerebral Palsy can struggle with these faculties.

How does a Cerebral Palsy compensation claim work?

If it can be proven that the lack of oxygen is due to medical negligence then you may be able to claim Cerebral Palsy compensation.

The compensation process involves a detailed investigation of the events leading up to the delivery of the baby and the subsequent aftercare, and it can result in settlements aimed at improving lifelong quality of life – not just the child’s immediate needs. Families who make Cerebral Palsy claims do so ultimately to improve their child’s quality of life.

At the moment, apart from the legal process, there is no other way that families can obtain compensation. As a result, they must seek the advice of specialist Cerebral Palsy solicitors with a good understanding of the causes of Cerebral Palsy, including how it can occur, the signs to look out for in medical records and documentation that will indicate whether there is a likely case or not.

How will Hudgells help me through my Cerebral Palsy claim?

We have a highly-experienced team of solicitors who have handled many claims related to Cerebral Palsy, who are also supported by our own in-house medical experts – including a registered midwife – meaning we are able to fully assess cases and the standard of treatment provided.

If we can pursue a compensation claim on your behalf, a specialist medical negligence lawyer will be assigned and dedicated to supporting you through your case. They will explain what is needed from you at each stage of the process, including what evidence and information will need to be obtained.

Our representation sees us:

  • Carry out initial fact-finding by discussing with you what happened, what went wrong and the impact it has had on your life.
  • Inform the healthcare provider of our investigation into the care they provided, requesting relevant medical records and details of examinations and treatment.
  • Seek independent medical opinion to determine whether your child’s injuries could and should have been prevented, had the proper care and attention been given.
  • Make a decision, based on evidence gathered, as to whether we are in a position to make an official claim for damages to compensate for the suffering and hardship caused.
  • Should admissions of negligence be secured, consider an application for interim payments to cover the cost of any immediate needs for a child and family.
  • Seek to negotiate a compensation settlement out of court which reflects the injury and loss caused, including damages to cover any future care and assistance required.

From fact-finding to preparing your files should the case need to go to court, we are with you every step of the way throughout your claim.

How much does a Cerebral Palsy claim cost?

Cerebral Palsy claims taken on by Hudgell Solicitors can be handled on a no win, no fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay any money upfront and there will be no financial risk if your case is unsuccessful. If your case is successful, you will only be expected to contribute to your solicitor’s fees once the case has been resolved.

We also offer Legal Aid funding for certain types of medical negligence compensation claims. This typically involves children who have a neurological injury that has resulted in severe disability, which has been sustained either through pregnancy, during the birth or the first eight weeks of the child’s life.

Get in touch to discuss funding options for your claim.

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