Cerebral Palsy Medical Negligence Litigation in Ireland with Sweeney Solicitors
Cerebral palsy, a group of lifelong conditions affecting movement and coordination, can have
profound effects on the quality of life for both the affected child and their family. When cerebral
palsy results from medical negligence during pregnancy, birth, or shortly after, families have the
right to seek justice and compensation in Ireland. At Sweeney Solicitors, we’re deeply committed to
guiding these families through the intricacies of such litigation claims.
Understanding Cerebral Palsy as a Result of Medical Negligence
Cerebral palsy can result from a variety of factors. When linked to medical negligence, common
- Oxygen Deprivation: This can occur if a baby’s oxygen supply is compromised during delivery.
- Infections in the Mother: If untreated during pregnancy, certain infections can lead to brain
damage in the unborn child.
- Premature Delivery Complications: Infants born prematurely may be more susceptible to
brain injuries if not adequately cared for.
- Mismanagement of Neonatal Jaundice: Failure to treat severe jaundice promptly can result in
a type of brain damage called kernicterus, leading to a form of cerebral palsy.
- Traumatic Head Injuries: These might result from improper use of medical instruments during
Navigating the Litigation Process
- Initial Consultation: Approach us at Sweeney Solicitors to discuss the specifics of your case.
We’ll assess the viability of a claim and guide you on the next steps.
- Expert Medical Opinion: A pivotal aspect of these claims involves getting an expert medical
opinion to corroborate the link between the negligence and cerebral palsy.
- Gathering Evidence: This includes acquiring medical records, birth details, and any other
pertinent documentation that can support the claim.
- Filing the Claim: A formal ‘Letter of Claim’ is issued to the medical professional or institution
- Awaiting Response: The defendant will have a set period to either admit fault or contest the
- Court Proceedings: If no settlement is reached, the case may proceed to trial. Here, evidence
will be presented, and a judge will rule on the case.
- Compensation: Should the case be successful, compensation can be awarded to cover
medical bills, future care costs, therapy, loss of earnings, pain, and suffering, and more.
The Vital Role of Time
In Ireland, the general rule for medical negligence claims is a two-year limit from the ‘date of
knowledge’. However, for children with cerebral palsy, the clock starts on their 18th birthday.
Nonetheless, it’s crucial to initiate the process early to preserve evidence and witness accounts.
Cerebral palsy resulting from medical negligence can be a heart-wrenching ordeal for families. At
Sweeney Solicitors, our mission is to shoulder the legal burdens, allowing families to focus on caring
for their loved ones. Armed with compassion, expertise, and an unwavering commitment to justice,
we stand ready to champion the rights of those affected. If your family has been impacted by such
negligence, trust in our dedication to guiding you through to a just resolution.