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. The below video provides a simple, step-by-step guide to bringing a legal claim for compensation with Shine:
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.
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Common questions about Cerebral Palsy Compensation Claims
Cerebral Palsy is a condition caused by irreversible damage to the brain as a result of an injury caused before, during or shortly after birth. Unfortunately there is nothing that can reverse the damage to the brain.
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.
Cerebral Palsy results from damage to part of the brain before, during, or after birth.
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.
Not every case of Cerebral Palsy is the result of medical error on behalf of a medical professional or facility. In most cases it can be a naturally occurring event. Every case is different and it depends on your particular circumstances.
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.
All cerebral palsy compensation claims are different, so it’s hard to give a ballpark figure without knowing the facts of your particular situation. Typically compensation can run into six figures, with some cases also having been successfully resolved in the seven figure range.
Our specialist lawyers can advise you how much you are likely to receive once we know the facts of your particular situation.
All cerebral palsy compensation claims are different, so it’s difficult to provide a timeframe without knowing the facts of your particular situation. There are many factors including the age of the claimant at the time of the enquiry that can affect the timescale.
Our lawyers can advise you on the likely timescale for conclusion of the claim once we know the facts surrounding your particular circumstances.
There are time limits when it comes to making a claim for Cerebral Palsy compensation. Generally, in most states under Australian Law, that time limit is three years from the date of the negligent incident.
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.
Shine Lawyers operate on a No Win No Fee basis, which means you only pay for our legal fees if we win your claim at the end.
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.
Where you are located isn’t necessarily a barrier when it comes to obtaining the services of a lawyer. We’re experts when it comes to cerebral palsy related claims and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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
Shine Lawyers are expert cerebral palsy lawyers that can help you get the compensation you need.
The below links contain further information regarding your legal options.
Shine Lawyers also have accredited specialists in personal injury law in:
Shine Lawyers are one of the biggest medical negligence and medical malpractice litigation firms in Australia and have the experience and nous to go up against the big insurance companies and medical institutions and get you the result you are looking for.
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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