World Cerebral Palsy Day will be held on Saturday 6 October 2018. 

It is a day specifically set aside to raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy (CP) on a global platform and to celebrate all that has been achieved by the CP community despite the challenges they face in their daily lives.

The World CP Day community is a global movement in more than 65 countries that highlights 6 key areas for change:

1.Public Awareness

2.Civil Rights

3.Medical/therapeutic

4. Quality of Life

5. Education 

6. Contribution.

This week we will be sharing a daily blog covering the six main aims of World CP Day. 

On Day 1, we start by asking what is CP? What are the causes and how is it diagnosed?

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is a lifelong condition that affects movement and co-ordination. It is the most common physical disability in childhood. It is a disability with complexities and one which is not always understood. The extent of impairment can vary from CP affecting one limb to a child that has no voluntary movement and requires around the clock care and support. Not only does CP affect movement it can also affect speech and intellectual development.

What are the causes of CP?

CP is often caused by a problem with the development of a baby’s brain before it is born. It can also be associated with injury to the brain as a result of the birthing process or in the immediate aftermath. Sometimes the exact cause cannot be established. 

How is it diagnosed?

CP can be diagnosed by a number of tools and tests but it is commonly not formally diagnosed until a child is a few years old after symptoms have become apparent. A brain scan can diagnose CP by identifying changes to the brain and examination and more routine tests are also used to rule out other possibilities and confirm a diagnosis. 

As clinical negligence lawyers we sometimes represent children who have cerebral palsy as a result of failures in medical care during labour and birth. We see first hand how challenging life can be for those with CP and their families.  Our role is to assist families to ensure that they have access to the services they require to be as independent as possible, including assisting to secure funds at specialist schools or colleges. The strength of the CP community is exceptional but to really make the changes needed it is paramount that the world stands together to help those with CP speak out, live their best lives and reach their potential.

Freeths’ Clinical Negligence Solicitors has a national reputation for providing the highest quality advice for all medical claims. If you are concerned about the medical care which you or a loved one have received, please contact one of our national team:-

Jane Williams, Partner (Leicester/Nottingham/Birmingham) on 0845 272 5724 or jane.williams@freeths.co.uk

Siobhan Genever, Director (Nottingham/ Birmingham) on 0845 271 6793 or siobhan.genever@freeths.co.uk

Carolyn Lowe, Partner (Oxford/Milton Keynes) on 0186 578 1019 or carolyn.lowe@freeths.co.uk

Karen Reynolds, Partner (Derby/Stoke/Birmingham) on 0845 272 5677 or karen.reynolds@freeths.co.uk