If you or someone you know has Cerebral Palsy, it can be difficult for all involved. The person will often require care and the support of family and friends in order to move forward. It can put a strain on the financial circumstances of the family as well.

Cerebral Palsy is usually a naturally occurring event with no clear cause. In some instances though, it can be the result of an inadequate medical treatment. If you think that it is the latter, it is possible you may be able to make a claim for Cerebral Palsy compensation under Queensland law.

Bringing forward a compensation claim can’t make up for what’s happened, but it can improve the patient’s quality of life and ensure the care they receive is of a high standard.

Shine Lawyers have expert Cerebral Palsy lawyers in Queensland that can help you find out if you have a case and bring forward a claim on your behalf.

Common questions about Cerebral Palsy claims

What’s Cerebral Palsy?
What is the Cerebral Palsy legal process?
What can cause Cerebral Palsy?
Am I entitled to make a Cerebral Palsy compensation claim?
How much Cerebral Palsy compensation can I claim?
How long can a Cerebral Palsy claim take?
Are there time limits when it comes to making a claim for Cerebral Palsy compensation?
How much does it cost to make a Cerebral Palsy claim?

What’s Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is a condition that is caused by irreversible damage to the brain as a result of an injury. This injury is usually caused before, during, or shortly after birth. Unfortunately there is nothing that can reverse the damage to the brain.

Depending on the circumstances it can be possible to relieve some of the discomfort to the sufferer  by therapy, surgery, pharmaceuticals and provision of specialist aids and equipment. The effects of Cerebral Palsy can be as mild as just a small weakness in one hand, ranging to almost complete lack of movement. Seizures, speech impairments, vision impairments, and hearing impairments can be common.

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What is the Cerebral Palsy legal process?

Shine Lawyers have expert Cerebral Palsy lawyers that can advise you of your rights under Queensland law. Every person’s situation is different, and no two cases are the same, but the below process generally represents how someone moves through the legal process with Shine Lawyers.

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What can cause Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy results from damage to part of the brain before, during, or after birth.

In most cases it can be a naturally occurring event, however sometimes damage may occur:

  • Due to the baby not growing at the correct rate during the pregnancy
  • In the early months of pregnancy
  • At any time if there is a lack of oxygen supplied to the baby
  • In the period shortly after birth, if the baby develops a severe infection such as meningitis or encephalitis.

Shine lawyers have medical negligence lawyers that can help advise you of your rights under Queensland law.

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Am I entitled to make a Cerebral Palsy compensation claim?

Not every case of Cerebral Palsy is the result of medical error on behalf of a medical professional or facility. Shine Lawyers have expert lawyers who can help you establish if you have a claim for compensation. As part of our service and the investigation process lawyers will go through – statements will need to be taken from the parents regarding treatment and care during pregnancy, labour and post care. Lawyers will also go through the medical records of the baby and mother and get expert opinion from medical specialists.

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How much Cerebral Palsy compensation can I claim?

No two Cerebral Palsy claims are the same, so it can be hard to give an estimate as to the amount of compensation you will receive without knowing the facts of your case. Compensation under Queensland law can run into six figures, with some cases also having been successfully resolved for seven figures.

Shine Lawyers are expert medical negligence lawyers and can advise you of how much your likely to receive once we know the facts of your case.

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How long can a Cerebral Palsy claim take?

It’s difficult to provide a timeframe of how long a claim will take without knowing your particular situation and the facts of your case. There are many factors at play which affect the time it will take to successfully resolve a claim.

Lawyers can give a better indication of the duration of the claim once they know the facts of your particular situation.

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Are there time limits when it comes to making a claim for Cerebral Palsy compensation?

There are time limits when it comes to making a Cerebral Palsy claim. In Queensland, that time limit is three years from the date of the negligent incident. However, if the claimant is under the age of 18, the limitation period does not begin to run until the claimant’s 18th birthday.

There can be exceptions, however it’s always best to seek legal advice as soon as possible to make sure your rights are protected.

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How much does it cost to make a Cerebral Palsy claim?

Shine Lawyers are medical negligence lawyers that operate on a No Win No Fee basis, which means you only pay for our legal costs if we win your claim at the end.

The first consultation you have with us is obligation free, which means you can get an idea of your legal rights and ability to claim compensation up front.

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