Cerebral Palsy Solicitors

Cerebral Palsy Solicitors

Approximately 1 in 400 babies born in the UK are affected by cerebral palsy. The condition is a motor and development disability that can be caused by an injury to the brain sustained before, during, or just after birth. We understand that the emotional and financial impact on affected families is profound. Our specialist cerebral palsy solicitors are here to listen and to help. Recognised by Legal 500 as one of the top medical negligence solicitors in England and Wales, we are dedicated to helping your family meet the complex lifelong needs of your child making living with cerebral palsy a little easier.

Fully diagnosing CP can take until your child is aged 4 or 5 with the condition affecting each individual differently. Cerebral palsy causes a range of complex problems which can include motor coordination, movement, and posture for children. Because the condition is related to the brain, many also experience intellectual disabilities, vision or hearing problems, speech difficulties, or seizures. As a parent, bringing up a child with cerebral palsy demands full dedication, practically, financially, and emotionally. Our sensitive and approachable cerebral palsy solicitors are committed to helping you obtain the right compensation to support your child with specialist equipment, home adaptations, therapies, and wider care needs.

To start a cerebral palsy compensation claim, or simply to find out more, please get in touch by calling 01253 766 559 or completing this form.

Can medical negligence cause cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is caused by a brain injury or malformation that occurs before, during or just after birth. In our extensive experience of these complex injuries, medical failings leading to this lifelong condition may include:

Birth injury claims are a complex area of law. They require a specialist law firm with in-depth expertise in obtaining detailed evidence to provide the answers that you need, and the compensation that your family deserves to help meet the complex, and costly, needs of your child. Our leading birth injuries specialists offer more than 25 years’ experience and will support you every step of the way to ensure that you get justice. If you believe that medical negligence caused your child’s cerebral palsy, our compassionate experts are here to help. We have a strong track record of securing £multi-million settlements for families in England and Wales.

One of our recently settled cases was for a seven-year-old child with cerebral palsy securing in excess of £17.9 million. Birth injuries compensation is available to provide your child with access to the specialist equipment, therapies, and the lifelong support that they need to have the best chance in life. You can hear more about how we care for our clients with Liam’s story, a young man with a passion for cooking. 

Our determined team comprises cerebral palsy solicitors and medical experts who will review your medical records with meticulous scrutiny, will compile compelling evidence and will relentlessly pursue the investigation during the progression of your case. By combining expert legal and medical understanding, we can provide families with the help they need, even in some instances where their claim has been unsuccessful with other solicitors who may have failed to obtain the right evidence or lacked specialist knowledge and expertise.

No time limit to making a cerebral palsy claim

If mental capacity has been impaired as a result of cerebral palsy, there is no time limit to pursuing a birth injury claim. We understand that meeting your child’s complex needs are an immediate concern and that you will naturally have anxieties about their future care needs also. Our cerebral palsy solicitors operate on a no win no fee basis. We are dedicated to helping families maintain essential medical treatments, have access to specialist equipment, therapies and care support by securing interim payments before a final settlement is secured.

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What to expect through your birth injury claims process

Initial Appointment With Our Team

After you get in touch with us, we will listen to you and discuss your situation, including the healthcare advice you were given, and any evidence of negligent treatment.

We will need to apply for your medical records from various places, including the place you had treatment, other hospitals, and your GP practice.

We will then provide an honest assessment of whether we think you have a claim worth further investigation. We will explain the claims process and the fees involved.

Building Your Case

We will start collecting evidence to support your claim. This typically includes applying for any further medical records, other documents from the hospital, obtaining witness statements and independent medical experts’ reports.

Sending a Letter of Claim

Once the facts of the case are clear, we will contact the NHS Trust or healthcare provider to inform them a claim is being investigated. The Letter of Claim (LOC) will set out the details of the alleged medical negligence and the injuries caused.

The Defendant’s Response

The Defendant is required to respond to our Letter of Claim (LOC) within four months. At this stage, they will either accept full, or partial, liability and may offer a financial settlement, or deny responsibility.

Issuing Court Proceedings

If the Defendant denies responsibility, or does not offer a sufficient settlement amount, we can then issue court proceedings on your behalf to take the claim further. The Defendant will be given 28 days to respond, and the court will then set a hearing date, usually around 18 months from when proceedings are initiated.


It is important to note that while issuing court proceedings is an essential step, it is rare that you will need to attend a hearing as most claims that reach this stage can be resolved with a pre-trial settlement.

Court Timetable

The Court will then set a timetable for the exchange of evidence in the case. We will exchange any witness statement taken from you, and receive the witness statements (if any), of the clinicians involved in your care.

There will then be an exchange of medical expert evidence. Each party can obtain independent medical expert reports in each relevant discipline. For example, in a birth injury claim, both parties would have commissioned reports from independent obstetricians. We disclose the report we have obtained on your behalf and the Defendant has to disclose the report they have obtained.

The independent experts then have a meeting, separate to each party’s legal representatives, to narrow the issues for the Judge in the event the case goes to a trial. After this meeting, the medical experts have to produce a jointly written statement to provide to the Judge.

Settlement Negotiations

It is usual procedure to attend some form of pre-trial settlement resolution with the Defendant, either in the form of a settlement meeting, or a mediation. We have a very strong track record of negotiating pre-trial settlements and will explore every potential avenue to do so if your claim reaches this stage.

If your claim settles at this stage and involves a vulnerable party, such as a child or an adult with a brain injury, an approval hearing will be held by a High Court Judge to approve the settlement reached.

Trial By Judge

If your claim cannot be resolved outside a court hearing, we can offer experienced, and highly skilled, advocacy to secure the best possible outcome for your family.

Quantification Of Your Claim


Most claims are resolved in full through the above process. However, very complex claims, including birth injury claims, require an additional step to assess the quantification (value) of the claim.

For birth injury claims, additional independent medical experts will be required to assess issues such as life expectancy and care needs, and the process above will be repeated for the stage of quantification.

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Complex birth injuries specialist with 25+ years' expertise. Recognised by Legal 500.

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