The story that broke last week that thousands of low income families with disabled children were paid up to £4,400 too little in tax credits (after data was not shared between the authorities) is pretty shocking http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38113279.
World Cerebral Palsy (CP) Day recently took place on 5 October 2016. To mark the occasion, members of the Kingsley Napley Clinical Negligence team attended an event hosted by the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy (a World CP day partner).
Kate Rohde, Partner in the Clinical Negligence team at Kingsley Napley, was asked to speak at an event on 15 September 2016 for the LCCCP “Milkshake Tree appeal”, an ambitious project to develop exciting new facilities and services at the Centre, which provides education and support for early years and primary school age children, using methods based in conductive education. The Centre’s goal is for every child to have the opportunity to reach their potential.
In my last blog, I talked about some of the tell-tale signs for birth related hypoxic brain injury and what might trigger an investigation into the way in which pregnancy, labour or delivery has been managed. The rules on limitation (ie the time limits for bringing a claim) mean that for a child with cerebral palsy, a claim may be capable of being brought many years after the event. This is because with children, the typical three year time limit does not start to run until they turn 18, meaning that they have until their 21st birthday to formally commence proceedings.