If you or someone you love suffers from Cerebral Palsy, it can be difficult for all involved. The sufferer will likely need care and support by those closest to them in order to move forward and it can put added financial stress on the family unit.
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In most cases, Cerebral Palsy is a naturally occurring event with no obvious cause, however in some instances it can be the result of inadequate medical treatment, either before or after birth. In these particular cases you may be able to make a claim for Cerebral Palsy compensation. Making a claim for compensation can never make up for what happened, but it can ensure the patient’s quality of life is improved and that the care they receive in the future is of the highest standard.
Shine Lawyers have expert lawyers who are experienced in acting for those affected by Cerebral Palsy, and can help you start a claim for Cerebral Palsy compensation.
The cerebral palsy compensation legal process
Everyone’s situation is unique and no two cerebral palsy claims are the same, however the below image gives a good representation of how the claims process works and how you may be able to access compensation.
How cerebral palsy compensation gets calculated
Depending on the nature of your cerebral palsy compensation claim, generally speaking, a monetary value is placed on the gap between your predicted life path before the incident, and your actual life path since the incident. The care and support required is also a factor in how compensation gets calculated.
Common questions about Cerebral Palsy Compensation Claims
It might be possible to relieve some of the discomfort to the sufferer by therapy, surgery, pharmaceuticals and provision of specialist aids and equipment. Its effect can be as mild as just a small weakness in one hand, ranging to almost complete lack of movement. Seizures and impairments to speech, vision, hearing, and/or intellect can be common.
In most cases it can be a naturally occurring event, however sometimes damage may occur:
- In the early months of pregnancy
- Due to the baby not growing at the correct rate during the pregnancy
- At any time if there is a lack of oxygen supplied to the baby
- In the period shortly after birth, if the baby develops a severe infection such as meningitis or encephalitis.
Shine Lawyers have expert medical negligence and medical malpractice lawyers that can help you when it comes to finding out if you have a claim for compensation.
Shine Lawyers have expert lawyers who can help you establish if you have a claim for compensation. As part of our service we will take statements from the parents regarding the treatment and care during the pregnancy, labour and post care.
Our lawyers will consult medical records that include those of the baby and its mother, along with seeking advice from medical specialists. It’s important for the lawyers to determine the most likely cause of the Cerebral Palsy.
Our specialist lawyers can advise you how much you are likely to receive once we know the facts of your particular situation.
Our lawyers can advise you on the likely timescale for conclusion of the claim once we know the facts surrounding your particular circumstances.
However, there are a lot of exceptions to this – which is why it’s important to seek the expert advice of a lawyer who can advise you of your rights.
The first consultation you have with us is obligation free, which means you can get an idea of your legal rights and ability to claim compensation up front.
It doesn't matter if you are located close or far away from a Shine Lawyers office - we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your claim with the same level of quality and commitment.
Our compensation experts are in the following locations:
New South Wales
- Gold Coast
- Hervey Bay
- North Lakes
- Stones Corner
- Sunshine Coast
The below links contain further information regarding your legal options.
Why choose Shine to handle your cerebral palsy claim?
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Shine Lawyers also have accredited specialists in personal injury law in:
Ron Kramer, Fairfield
Susan Newman, Sydney
Zlatko Mackic, Liverpool
Jodie Willey, Brisbane
Kathryn Rayner, Townsville
Melissa O'Neill, Brisbane
Michelle Wright, Springwood
Roger Singh, Brisbane
Simon Morrison, Brisbane
At Shine Lawyers you will have your own go-to team, who are always available to chat and who understand that explaining things in plain English to you is important.
We provide all of our cerebral palsy legal services on a No Win No Fee Guarantee, which means you won't have to pay our legal costs unless we win your claim at the end.
Hear from some of our clients below who have been through the legal process with us.
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