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Facts about Cerebral Palsy


Cerebral Palsy – an overview

  • Cerebral Palsy is caused by damage to the developing brain.
  • In most cases Cerebral Palsy occurs before, during or shortly following delivery.
  • It is estimated that (globally) over 17 million people have been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.
  • Cerebral Palsy is non-progressive, which means that it will not get worse with age.
  • There is currently no known cure for Cerebral Palsy. However, there are treatments that can help to reduce the symptoms associated with the condition.


UK Statistics about Cerebral Palsy

  • In the UK, 1 in 400 births are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy every year.
  • It is estimated that there are 30,000 children living with Cerebral Palsy in the UK.
  • Less than half of the children diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy are born prematurely (i.e. born before the 37 week gestation).
  • For every 100 girls diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, 135 boys are diagnosed.

Further information on Cerebral Palsy can be found at leading disability charity SCOPE UK.


If your child has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and you believe that the injury happened because of a medical accident or through negligence, the experts at Gadsby Wicks may be able to help.

We have experience of all types of birth injury claims and can often help, even if your claim has been turned down elsewhere.

Please call us on 0800 321 3112 to speak in confidence to one of our medically qualified advisers. Alternatively, use our online enquiry form and we will call you.