Medical negligence

Birth injury, cerebral palsy and maternal damage claims

A new born baby holding onto their mothers finger. Russell-Cooke, birth injury solicitors

Introduction and overview

Birth injury and cerebral palsy

Sadly children can be injured during childbirth as a result of avoidable mistakes made by doctors and midwives. These can result in conditions such as Erbs palsy, broken bones or brain damage due to lack of oxygen, cerebral palsy or even death (stillbirth). 

If you think your child has suffered a birth injury or cerebral palsy then you may be able to claim compensation.

Cerebral palsy is a devastating injury. It can be severe or mild but we know that it can dramatically impact your child’s life and your family. We understand the issues you are facing due to the experience that we have gained over many years of handling these types of claims.

Making a claim can be lengthy and complex but we can support you every step of the way. Claims should be made as soon as possible because if responsibility is admitted early by the hospital or NHS trust we will be able to secure interim compensation to help with your child's rehabilitation and care.

Birth injury to the mother

A mother can also suffer physical and psychological injury as a result of poor care in pregnancy. The typical events that may lead to injury to a mother are:

  • Failing to manage or diagnose infection during pregnancy
  • Failing to properly treat conditions such as preeclampsia during pregnancy
  • Poor technique in delivery of the baby leading to perineal tears
  • Failing to control bleeding following delivery
  • Failure to provide appropriate care and treatment following a birth injury
  • Poor stitching following an episiotomy or caesarean section

How our medical negligence solicitors can help you

If you think you have sustained a birth related injury or your child has suffered a birth injury or cerebral palsy, it is vital that you speak to legal experts who have the experience to support you.

When it comes to compensation, we aim to ensure that your child’s ongoing needs and future needs including care, therapies and equipment and accommodation are fully covered. We will commission detailed reports from highly experienced experts who will fully explore the needs of your child and provide a financial forecast for what they think they need now and in the future.

Birth injuries can vary greatly as can the impact on you and your child’s life. Whatever the situation, we have the expertise and drive to make sure your child receives the best possible outcome in the long-term as well as during the claim process.

Why choose Russell-Cooke for birth injury, cerebral palsy and maternal damage claims?

About our medical negligence team

The personal injury and medical negligence team at Russell-Cooke have over 35 years of experience in handling cerebral palsy and other birth related claims. We’re here to support you with our expertise. 

We are accredited by the Law Society for Clinical Negligence as well as Lexcel accredited by the Law Society for excellence in legal practice management and client care. Our medical negligence team members are also on the Law Society and AVMA clinical negligence panels and have been accredited by APIL as Clinical Negligence Specialists. We have a proven record of success in and out of the courts for obtaining settlements which are life changing for children and their families.

Testimonials and legal directory quotes

We are accredited by the association of personal injury lawyers and ranked in the journals of Legal 500 and Chambers. Here are some comments made about us. 


I am extremely pleased with the service I received from the partner and the team. The partner was so helpful and always took the time to explain the process. The partner was always there when I needed her.
Ms B

Charging information

When your child is injured it is a deeply stressful time, and you’ll have many questions you want answers to. We’ll have an initial consultation with you, free of charge, where we’ll try to answer your questions and give you our view on whether you have the basis of a claim for your child.

To reassure you about how you’ll fund your case, we are able to work for you using legal aid as a financial means of support, unlike some other law firms.  

If legal aid is not available, it is likely that we will be able to take your case on a no-win no-fee basis. This means that you will only pay legal costs if you receive compensation and most of those costs will be covered by your opponent. If your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay anything.

Get in touch

If you would like to speak with a member of the team you can contact our medical negligence solicitors by email, by telephone on +44 (0)20 3826 7517 or complete our enquiry form below.

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