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Thompsons NI supports World Cerebral Palsy Day

Sunday, 6th October, marks World Cerebral Palsy Day. Here at Thompsons NI, we’re helping to raise awareness of this condition, which affects the entire family.

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is the name given to a group of lifelong neurological conditions that affect an individual’s movement and co-ordination.

What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy affects each person differently. The symptoms of cerebral palsy don’t usually become evident until the child is about two or three years of age. The severity of the condition can vary, with some people having minor symptoms whereas others are more seriously affected.

Symptoms of cerebral palsy include:

  • Delays in reaching developmental milestones
  • Appearing to be too stiff or floppy
  • Weakness in arms and legs
  • Fidgety, jerky or clumsy movements
  • Random, uncontrolled movements
  • Walking on tiptoes
  • Other problems could include swallowing difficulties, vision and speaking problems, and learning difficulties.

What causes cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is caused by a problem with the brain that occurs before, during or after birth. Specifically, it can occur if a baby’s brain doesn’t develop properly in the womb or is damaged during or shortly after delivery.

The causes of cerebral palsy include:

  • An infection caught by the mother during pregnancy
  • Bleeding in the baby’s brain or lowered supply of blood and oxygen to the brain
  • The baby’s brain temporarily not getting enough oxygen during delivery
  •  Meningitis
  • A serious head injury.

How is Thompsons NI supporting families affected by cerebral palsy?

At Thompsons NI, we understand that receiving a cerebral palsy diagnosis can leave parents feeling overwhelmed. Not only does the diagnosis affect the child, but the whole family is impacted, as the child will need ongoing care.

Our specialist solicitors at Thompsons NI have decades of experience in representing and supporting the victims of accidents, including those who have suffered as a result of medical mistakes during labour and childbirth. We are dedicated to guiding our clients through the claims process and to achieving the best possible outcome.

We appreciate that in representing a child with cerebral palsy there is a multitude of considerations, including the future provision in terms of the child’s care, education and adaptations which may be required to the family home.

While we can provide legal advice and expertise, we also understand that families will need access to specialist support. We work with families to signpost them to those who can help. We work closely with charities and support groups to support our clients. For example, we are currently the legal partners in Northern Ireland for the Child Brain Injury Trust.

If you are concerned about the medical treatment you have received and require assistance, please contact either Joanne Kerr or Oonagh McClure of our office on 02890 890450 for free, no-obligation advice. Alternatively, take a look at our medical negligence page for the support we can offer.