Cerebral palsy may have been caused by medical negligence during birth. Whether the mother has an underlying condition or infection which has been missed, or a difficult birth which has caused injury to a baby, our specialist cerebral palsy solicitors can help you to make a compensation claim if you or your child has received substandard care.

If your child has cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence, you may have experienced one of the following issues:

  • Undiagnosed intrauterine growth restriction
  • Failure to treat and manage maternal infection
  • Negligent monitoring of the baby during labour
  • Negligent failure to advise or perform a caesarean section
  • Negligent neonatal care
  • Negligently managed umbilical cord prolapse
  • Negligently managed breech presentation
  • Negligently managed shoulder dystocia

What to do if you think you have a claim for cerebral palsy

If you think you or your child has a claim for cerebral palsy, it can be important to seek specialist legal representation as soon as possible. Medical negligence which causes cerebral palsy is a complex area of law; expert cerebral palsy solicitors like us can help to ensure you and your child get the compensation you deserve.

If you’d prefer to make a complaint first, you are entitled to do so. Take a look at our guide to making an NHS complaint here.

Is there a time limit to making a claim for cerebral palsy?

Usually, you have three years from the date of injury or the date of knowledge of injury. However, with injuries to children, this is extended to three years from their 18th birthday. Limitation will usually not apply where there is a severe brain injury which limits the claimant’s ability to understand limitation periods and give instruction.

You can find out more about time limitations to making a claim here.

What is the process of making a cerebral palsy claim, and how much are cerebral palsy claims worth?

The process of bringing a compensation claim for cerebral palsy is particularly complicated undertaken often over a number of years, which is why we strongly recommend you instruct specialist solicitors. At the end of this process, damages will hopefully be awarded to compensate the claimant for pain, suffering and past and future financial losses.

You can find out more about compensation for cerebral palsy here.

What are the funding options when making a cerebral palsy claim?

We are one of the few firms who still offer legal aid funding. To be eligible you or your child must have suffered a neurological injury at birth or within the first six weeks of life. Other forms of funding are available, for example, no win no fee agreements.

We will seek to take the stress away in arranging funding for the case and will undertake all work in setting up the funding of the claim, free of charge.

Find out more about all our funding options here.


Where you can find our cerebral palsy solicitors

Our cerebral palsy solicitors act for clients across England & Wales, however we have a number of offices in which you can come and see us:

We also have a consulting office in Bristol, which is available by appointment.

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