Make a cerebral palsy compensation claim

Give your child the best chance of a comfortable future

If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it’s important to know that you are not alone.

Affecting as many as one in every 400 live births each year, cerebral palsy describes a group of neurological disorders caused by damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance and posture. It can occur during pregnancy, childbirth or shortly after birth.

Coming to terms with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy is difficult and overwhelming for many parents, particularly if you believe that the medical team made mistakes.

Help is here for you. Choosing first-class, specialist solicitors gives your child and your family a better chance of improving your situation. We’re an experienced team that you can lean on—one that empathises with your situation and is responsive to your needs.

It’s the start of a long journey, which involves much more than legal representation. With our help, you have the chance to give your child the very latest therapy and support, as well as getting financial assistance to secure the best possible quality of life for your child and your family.

Get experienced and sensitive support

We are Serious Law LLP, a leading law firm recognised by The Legal 500, with over 25 years' experience in representing clients diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

During this time, we’ve secured many multi-million pound payments for our clients. We regularly take on and succeed in cases rejected by other law firms, and we accept transfers of cases that have ground to a halt at less specialist firms.

Working for you on a No Win No Fee basis, our team supports you through every stage of diagnosis and therapy, whilst our legal, medical and rehabilitation specialists evaluate your child’s situation.

Your child’s case may take many years to settle—and it should—because a case settled too early is unlikely to give you the maximum compensation award. At Serious Law, we understand the importance of waiting to see how your child develops, so that the life-long impact of their condition can be expertly assessed.

However, just because a cerebral palsy case takes time, it doesn’t mean that you must wait years to receive financial help and support for your child.

Early financial help as part of our complete service

Our specialist team offers you a service tailored to your precise situation. We draw upon longstanding relationships with some of the UK’s leading medical experts as we investigate your case for compensation, but we never lose sight of your urgent practical needs, as well as the long-term challenges that you and your child will face.

As soon as you appoint us, we look to secure early interim payments for you from the other side’s insurers—these represent an advance on the final compensation award for you to use on your child’s support package.

We also work to organise your child’s access to customised aids, the latest smart wheelchairs, home and transport adaptations such as lifts and hoists, speech technology, private treatment, or any other support to improve your child’s progress and wellbeing.

In our experience, these early interim payments and support interventions can make a huge difference to families affected by cerebral palsy, providing some initial comfort as well as improved peace of mind about the future.

Securing your child’s long-term future care

As cerebral palsy case specialists, we are here to help you and to fight to win your case, achieving the highest-value compensation award possible for your child.

Of course, a successful legal case cannot change what has happened to your child, but it can help you to secure justice and find some closure.

And whilst no amount of money can change your situation, a maximum compensation award can help to make your child’s life more comfortable, and alleviate some of the worries you may have about their long-term future and care.

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Read her story and see how our CP services will help you

This complex case came as the result of Louise’s mother being involved in a car accident. Our solicitors proved that this was the cause of Louise’s severe brain damage and later diagnosis of cerebral palsy.

We achieved a substantial settlement award to support Louise for the rest of her life and helped to put in place the entire range of therapies, care and equipment that she needed.

Louise is still one of our clients, receiving our Court of Protection services. This is her story.

Understand cerebral palsy and the challenges ahead

Such is its complexity, cerebral palsy affects people in many different ways. In this in-depth resource centre you’ll find useful information on the various types and effects of cerebral palsy, as well as an overview of some of the groundbreaking treatment available to you. Just click on the links below to find out more.

About cerebral palsy

Discover some of the causes of cerebral palsy, the areas of the brain affected, and when the early signs of cerebral palsy develop in children.

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Court of Protection

See how our Court of Protection services provide long-term help for those with CP through managing their affairs in their best interests.

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Types of cerebral palsy

Read about the main types of cerebral palsy to find information on the defining features of each, and learn which are most common.

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Effects of cerebral palsy

Find out about the most common physical effects of each type of cerebral palsy as well as the potential secondary effects.

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Cerebral palsy treatment

Learn about the range of available therapies, treatment, medication and procedures that help to reduce the difficulties of cerebral palsy.

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Useful cerebral palsy links

Click below to find links to UK organisations that are renowned for quality of service in helping those affected by cerebral palsy.

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Answers to common cerebral palsy questions

Do you work on a No Win No Fee basis?

Yes. As serious injury solicitors, we understand that you need a law firm that fights to secure the highest possible level of compensation for you, so your child has every chance to develop to his or her full potential.

Is there a time limit to make a cerebral palsy claim?

Generally, the cut off for making a claim is three years starting from your child’s 18th birthday, which means any time from the initial diagnosis up until they turn 21. However, this can be extended if your child lacks capacity.

I don’t have my child’s medical records. Can I still claim?

Yes. We will work with you to obtain your child’s medical records from both your GP and the hospital. Our team of cerebral palsy solicitors use these records to investigate and build your case.

Will I have to go to court?

Very unlikely. We settle the vast majority of cases outside of court in Joint Settlement Meetings. This is where we negotiate with the other side’s insurers to make sure that your child gets the best possible award.

I already have a solicitor. Can I change?

Yes. If you wish to get help from our team of specialists, you can. Simply get in touch and we will do all the work needed to transfer your case over to Serious Law.