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How is Cerebral Palsy Diagnosed?


A Cerebral Palsy diagnosis will depend on the individual circumstances and their medical history. If a brain injury was sustained during childbirth then, in some circumstances, a health care specialist can make a confident diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy months after birth. In other circumstances, a child may not be diagnosed (depending on the severity of their symptoms) until years later.

A child with moderate symptoms should be referred to a paediatrician. They will then advise if other referrals are appropriate, such as to a physiotherapist, speech and language therapist or to an educational psychologist.

Imaging for Cerebral Palsy

Imaging of the brain can be performed to ensure that a confident diagnosis can be made. Brain imaging that your child may undergo includes the following;

  • Computerised Tomography (CT) Scan
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scan
  • Ultrasound Scan


If avoidable damage was caused to the brain during the child’s birth, then you may be eligible to make a claim for medical compensation.


If your child has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and you believe that it was the result of medical negligence, you may have a claim for compensation. We have experience of all types of birth injury claims and can often help, even if your claim has been turned down elsewhere.

Call us now on freephone 0800 321 3112 and speak in confidence to one of our advisers. Alternatively, please complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you.