World Cerebral Palsy Day: Sunday 6 October 2018

3rd October 2019

World Cerebral Palsy Day: Sunday 6 October 2018

With Sunday 6th October marking World Cerebral Palsy Day, Higgs & Sons’ Beth Hemmings who has helped to support a number of families affected by the condition, looks at what the day sets out to achieve and how we can all help to celebrate the lives and achievements of those with cerebral palsy and the people and the organisations that support them.


“Cerebral Palsy is a physical condition that affects movement, posture and co-ordination.

It is usually diagnosed at birth or in early childhood and is the most common physical disability in childhood. Symptoms can include:


  • Delays in reaching development milestone – for example, not sitting by 8 months
  • Seeming too stiff or too floppy
  • Weak arms or legs
  • Random, uncontrolled movements
  • Walking on tip-toes
  • Swallowing difficulties, speaking problems or vision problems.
  • Learning disabilities


Of course symptoms like those of cerebral palsy can have a number of different causes and aren't necessarily a sign of anything serious. However if parents have any concerns about their child’s health or development, they should speak to their health visitor or GP.


Cerebral Palsy is a lifelong disability and each individual with cerebral palsy will be affected differently with the severity of symptoms varying from mild to severe. It canoccur if a baby’s brain does not develop normally while in the womb, or is damaged during or soon after birth.


Potential causes of cerebral palsy include:


  • The brain not getting enough oxygen during a difficult birth
  • An infection caught by the mother during pregnancy


In the UK, each year over 1,000 babies die or are left with severe brain injury – not because they are born too soon or too small, or have a congenital abnormality, but because something goes wrong during labour.


A recent statistic published by NICE indicated that 71% of babies born with cerebral palsy might have had a different outcome had they received different care.


Higgs & Sons Clinical Negligence team has significant experience supporting people who have been affected by medical neglect or interventions. By working closely alongside families, we hope our experts will become more than just a solicitor, but a trusted adviser, supporting people to achieve their desired outcomes.”


If you think your child has been affected by negligent care before or after their birth please contact a member of the Higgs & Sons Clinical Negligence Team on 0800 073 8080 to see how we can help you.


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