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Living with Cerebral Palsy

 

Caring for a child with Cerebral Palsy can be challenging in many ways, which is why it is important to seek help and advice to support you in providing the best care you can. Help is available from a range of individuals and organisations, including local services, specialist lawyers, parenting clubs, charities and online forums. 

 

Practical Support

To ensure your child receives the best care, it’s important that, as a parent, you have access to practical support to help you prepare for your role as a carer. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, you may also need additional equipment in the home to support the ongoing care and development of your child, aid mobility around the home and alleviate the physical strain placed on you.  Also, please see here for information on some of the treatments that are available to help relieve symptoms of cerebral palsy.

 

Emotional Support

Emotional support is essential for the overall well-being of all children. For those with Cerebral Palsy, access to appropriate stimulation and therapies can also help them overcome some of the difficulties they have.

As a parent-carer, you will also need to make sure that you look after yourself physically and emotionally in order to cope with the challenges you face.  Even if you find it difficult, try to accept help. Many parents find support from their families and friends is invaluable, as is developing good relationships with their GP and local health services. Respite care can also help you avoid getting overwhelmed by your role.

 

Financial Support

Caring for a child with Cerebral Palsy can cause financial strain on a family’s resources.  Your child may need specialist equipment, or you may need to pay for care or adaptations to your home.

For families whose lives have been changed in this way because of a medical accident or through a doctor’s negligence, financial compensation from a legal claim can go towards making sure that these vital needs are met. Charities and support groups can also help advise you on possible benefits, financial assistance and grants that could be available to you and your child.

 

Legal Advice

In cases where a medical accident or negligent medical treatment has resulted in a serious injury such as Cerebral Palsy, it is important to get advice from a legal expert.

A specialist medical negligence lawyer – such as our experts at Gadsby Wicks – will have the expertise necessary to examine whether or not what happened could constitute a possible medical negligence claim. They will also be able to assess the likely financial impact of the accident, based on their extensive experience. This can have a bearing on whether or not you win your case and on the compensation you receive.

 

If your child has suffered a birth injury and you believe you may have a medical negligence claim, please call us on 0800 321 3112 and speak in confidence to one of our advisers. Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form and we will call you.

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