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Cerebral palsy claims

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

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

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Paul McNeil, Head of Personal Injury and Medical Negligence

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Cerebral palsy effects approx. 1 in every 10,000 babies born in the UK. It is an umbrella term for a group of non-progressive, long-lasting motor conditions that cause physical disability in development, chiefly in areas of body movement.

There are many sub-types of cerebral palsy and none has a known cure. Medical intervention is generally limited to the treatment and prevention of complications arising from the effects of cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy can result from a baby being starved of oxygen during birth. This injures the brain and can cause physical and intellectual disabilities. Research is ongoing, but it is estimated that as many as 20 per cent of cerebral palsy cases result from mismanagement of the birth process and failure to act quickly to signs of trouble.

Many babies affected by birth injuries will require help and assistance for many years, sometimes for life. A successful cerebral palsy legal claim can fund appropriate long-term treatment, rehabilitation and care.

We regularly obtain multi-million pound awards for clients with cerebral palsy. We understand the need for patience and understanding to allow experts to fully quantify each child's needs to ensure their future wellbeing.

Our integral court of protection team helps manage lump sums and annual payments as part of an award.

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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Frequently asked cerebral palsy claims questions?

Most cerebral palsy claims will involve allegations that there was a failure to deliver a child when there were indications of stress. A delay in delivery of a child may result in the child being deprived of oxygen. This can cause cerebral palsy.

In many of our cases we argue that the obstetrician or midwife failed to interpret the CTG trace correctly. This in turn could result in a delay in delivering a child and result in oxygen deprivation.

In addition, cerebral palsy may also be caused after delivery of the child due to a number of reasons, including missed bowel obstructions, infections or Kernicterus.

The main causes of cerebral palsy through medical negligence include:

  • delay in delivery causing deprivation of oxygen
  • failure to diagnose or treat low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)
  • failure to diagnose or treat jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus)
  • delay in diagnosis or treatment of serious medical conditions such as meningitis

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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.