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Birth injury claims

If you or your family have been affected by sub-standard medical care causing injury during birth, our team of expert medical negligence solicitors can help you pursue a claim for compensation.

To speak with one of our birth injury experts call 0800 358 3848 or complete our online enquiry form.

Business as usual during COVID-19

During this difficult time, we want to reassure our clients that we are open for business and working as normal. We are happy to respond immediately to new enquiries either to our enquiry line (0800 358 3848) or to an individual solicitor.

Our IT systems are robust enough for us to work from home and we are meeting current and new clients online and by telephone to deal with all enquiries. The courts, counsel and our experts are continuing to work on your behalf. We will contact all of our clients by phone to reassure you of our continuing support at this difficult time.

We realise that most of you will be in self-isolation and would like to express our best wishes for your ongoing safety and health.

Paul McNeil, Head of Personal Injury and Medical Negligence

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Birth injury cases include injury to the mother, the baby, or both. Many are unavoidable but some result from medical negligence, meaning a claim may be possible. Such cases tend to be complex because of the legal and medical technicalities involved, including expert advice on long-term needs.  

Although cerebral palsy is the most common birth injury claim, there are many other types of birth injury, including varying degrees of damage to the brain, scarring or damage caused during assisted delivery (e.g. forceps). We have been successful in birth injury claims involving:

  • Maternal infection
  • Cord prolapse
  • Cord compression
  • Uterine rupture
  • Hypoxia
  • Ruptured placenta
  • Haemorrhage
  • Delay in delivery
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Stillbirth

We also have cases where there is negligence in the immediate neonatal period, for example where there has been hypoglycaemia (low glucose due to difficulty feeding) and Kernicterus (jaundice), and brain damage can be caused. 

Our medical negligence solicitors have successfully concluded many high value birth injury cases. We are expert in achieving maximum awards to fund rehabilitation, care, support, therapies and education. Because we need to ensure the child is old enough for us to assess lifelong needs, these cases can take time to conclude. However, we can obtain interim payments to ensure that urgent and pressing needs can be met as soon as possible.

Why choose Fieldfisher's medical negligence team?


We achieve record damages for people suffering serious injury following medical negligence. Last year, we recovered more than £200m in compensation claims.


We have more than 30 years' experience pursuing claims for people injured by medical negligence, clinical negligence, medical accidents and medical mistakes.


We are ranked top tier in leading legal directories and regularly recognised in industry awards. We are accredited by APIL, panel members of AvMA and members of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel.

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For a free, no obligation call with one of our medical negligence experts, please dial 0800 358 3848 or complete our online enquiry form.