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Cerebral Palsy Claims

If your child has cerebral palsy as a result of negligent treatment by a doctor or midwife, you may be able to make a cerebral palsy claim. Our expert solicitors know about the complex needs that your child will have and understand the impact it will have on your life. This is why we are committed to help you claim the compensation you deserve.

What is Cerebral Palsy? 

Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects an individual’s brain (cerebral) and the way they are able to use their muscles (palsy). A lot of the time, there is no link between the disorder and medical negligence of a practitioner, however, sometimes clinical errors can be made by professionals which result in cerebral palsy in a newborn.

These clinical errors include: 

  • Failure to monitor the baby’s heartbeat
  • Incorrect use of instruments during delivery
  • Failure to carry out a caesarian section
  • Delivering the baby too late 

What Happens When I Make a Cerebral Palsy Claim? 

Our expert medical negligence solicitors are committed to ensuring that a full investigation is undertaken to identify whether your child has suffered a brain injury as a result of medical negligence. We do this by obtaining medical records and evidence from all the professionals involved. If it is found that an error caused your child to suffer a brain injury, our team will work tirelessly to obtain the level of damages required to ensure your child can achieve their full potential. 

Cerebral Palsy Claims FAQs


What is the time limit for making a cerebral palsy claim?

There are a number of factors that have to be considered when determining the time limit for making a cerebral palsy claim. These include: 

  • If your child is under 18, you can make a claim on their behalf. 
  • If your child is over 18, and you are making the claim on their behalf, it will depend on their level of mental capacity.
  • If you have cerebral palsy and are over 18 and the mental capacity to do so, you can make a claim yourself until you turn 21. 

Is cerebral palsy medical negligence?

Cerebral palsy can be caused by medical negligence during birth or shortly after delivery. 

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The Medical Negligence Team

Our medical negligence team headed up by the highly rated Michelle Gyte, is a specialist practice group driven hard by their belief that everyone is entitled to access to justice.

Professionally, this is a group of highly skilled, very diligent medical negligence lawyers who scrutinise every aspect of a claim, and represent their clients tirelessly. Very simply, they want to give people the best possible chance of continuing their lives with the requisite financial and medical support.

Personally, they are down to earth, friendly and approachable people whom you can talk to and confide in. They’ve seen most things and understand how these traumatic incidents can devastate lives, gauging the true cost of the physical, psychological and emotional damage sustained. They will listen and encourage and then use their technical skills to translate everything that they’ve heard and felt into positive action for you.


“You have made a very fortunate choice of legal representation who have done a fantastic job of persuading the Defendants to part with a large sum of money. I am certain that no legal team could have done better.” His Honour Judge Robinson, Medical Negligence Case, 2021 talking of the Howells team.

Chambers UK

The prestigious Chambers UK 2022 guide ranks the department highly and says Howells is a “noteworthy team offering a broad range of clinical negligence advice to clients, including related human rights claims. Further experience in claims concerning issues surrounding failures in hospital care, including severe birth injuries and delayed diagnoses. Also acts on spinal injury claims, amputations and fatal accidents. The department possesses significant experience in medical inquests.”

“They go the extra mile for the client and are highly efficient.”

Michele Gyte is named as a Star Associate in this area of law and that she is “A very good lawyer – technical, conscientious and hard-working.”

Legal 500

The Legal 500 2022 recommends Howells Clinical Negligence department, saying “Michelle Gyte directs the clinical negligence offering at Howells Solicitors. A specialist in birth injury and fatal accidents, she oversees a team notable for its expertise in niche areas such as prison healthcare, inquests and the interests of secondary victims. Notably the firm also covers matters arising from mental health care, purported violations of the Human Rights Act and supports families during inquests linked to the coronial process.”

Jenna Kisala is also named as a key lawyer in this field.

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