Insight of Cerebral Palsy (CP) Claims

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Cerebral Palsy claims often surround the most significant and devastating claims stemming from obstetric errors.  Most often not delivering the baby when there are signs of foetal stress.  CP is a condition that affects the brain.  A useful analogy to think about is imagine the brain is like an alphabet and each letter of the alphabet is responsible for making sure certain developmental mile stones are reached.  Just like the alphabet the brain’s development follows a sequence as the child gets older.  If the sequence is interrupted at an early stage, before brain development is completed, then nothing beyond that break can develop.

Typically, although not always, CP is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain during labour and/or while the baby is being delivered.  When we are born our brains are not fully developed, for example we cannot speak, walk or comprehend the world.  In the most extreme cases, when the brain injury happens at this early stage of development, the injured child will never be able to walk, talk, see and hear properly, care for themselves or live any kind of normal life.  These children will often have extremely complex and expensive care needs which will be needed for the rest of their lives.

If you think your child’s condition was caused by a mistake which may have been caused by clinical negligence, you may wish to seek legal advice from a specialist birth injury solicitors about bringing a claim for compensation.

How can we help?

Many children with CP have very complicated care needs and require specialist input from many different disciplines.  Generally any medical support you need will be provided for by the NHS or Local Authority.  However, due to budget restrictions it is not always possible to fund the best possible care package.  Securing compensation where there has been negligence will make sure that your child has enough money in trust for them to pay for the best possible care money can buy for the rest of their life.

Hospital Never Events – Wrong Site Surgery

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You may have heard of wrong site surgery, this is where a patient has been operated on but the surgeons have operated on the wrong part of the body or carried out the wrong procedure.  This type of event is called a ‘never event’ by Hospitals and means that it should never happen under any circumstances.  Unfortunately, from time to time these types of events do happen and it is caused by human error, usually because medical records have been muddled up or misread by the pre-operative doctors.  It may also be caused by inaccurate record keeping or a failure to follow Hospital guidelines.

Fortunately, not all never events result in serious harm.  They can be as simple as a surgeon making the incision in the wrong place which can be instantly spotted and treated.  Other types of incorrect surgery may be having the wrong tooth extracted.  The most severe of these types of incorrect surgery claims are those where patients have the wrong limb amputated.  For example, a patient may have a severely infected left leg and a perfectly healthy right leg, but due to an error the healthy right leg is amputated.  After this the bad left leg will still need to be amputated so this person will lose both legs instead of only one.

Most recent data released from the NHS confirmed that between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016 there were 179 recorded incidents of wrong site surgery.  Provisional data released by the NHS for 1st April 2016 to 28th February 2017 records 156 wrong site surgery events.

If you believe that you have suffered due to any negligent treatment by Hospital Contact us right now to get a free consultation!