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Birth Injury

The birth of a new baby is generally a very special time for the parents and indeed the whole family. If things go wrong either during the pregnancy or birth, the effects can be devastating.

If either the baby or the mother suffers an injury due to medical negligence then you will be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Birth Injuries to Babies

Poorly managed delivery and after care can result in a number of injuries to your child that include:

Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is a condition that can result from a baby being starved of oxygen during it’s delivery. A lack of sufficient oxygen causes damage to the brain and may result in the baby having physical or intellectual (often both) disabilities. Currently it is thought that around 20% of cerebral palsy cases result from poor management during the delivery period.

Cerebral palsy injuries are devastating and impact not only the child but also the parents and the rest of the family. Living with/caring for a child with a brain injury can be very challenging especially when the child needs 24 hour care, specialist accommodation equipment and various therapies. Securing funds to pay for the best level of care after traumatic birth injuries is vital to help rebuild lives.

We have considerable experience and expertise in representing clients throughout the UK and abroad. Where possible we will try and secure early part payment (interim payments) of compensation to pay for care, rehabilitation, equipment and adaptations to accommodation if appropriate.

Other injuries include:

  • Erbs palsy (nerve damage resulting from the baby’s shoulder getting stuck – shoulder dystocia)
  • Fracture to the skull, legs, arms, shoulders and collarbone
  • Cuts and scars
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Infant death

Injuries to mothers

  • Still birth of a child
  • Psychiatric injury
  • Perineal tears
  • Wrongly performed suturing of episiotomy
  • Sepsis/infection
  • Retained products of conception
  • Retained swabs
  • Anaesthetic errors


During pregnancy genetic tests are sometimes carried out on the parents and/or the fetus (by taking a sample of the amniotic fluid). This is done to test for the presence of a specific disease or genetic abnormality. The tests can also tell whether a person is a “carrier” of a disease, this means that the person does not have the disease themselves but is capable of passing it to their children.

Misdiagnosis of a disease or genetic problem can have a devastating impact upon a family. Even when the family are anticipating the birth of a child with a genetic disease it can be incredibly difficult to come to terms with.

Our team are experienced in these complex cases and have obtained compensation for families whose genetic testing has been incorrectly reported.

Our highly experienced team of specialist clinical negligence lawyers are here to assist and to advise. They will advise you comprehensively about the merits of your claim, funding and ensure that you and your family get the best possible results.

The majority of our cases are funded by way of a conditional fee agreement, more commonly known as a no win no fee agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you.

Our Birth Injury Claims Solicitors are backed by nearly four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of Medical Negligence Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving the best possible results. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.

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