• Helen Dolan, specialist catastrophic medical negligence lawyer, recovered compensation in excess of £29million for clients with a brain injury (including cerebral palsy) in 2016
  • Hugh Potter secured a settlement figure of just under £13 million thanks to change in discount rate
  • Rachel Rees, expert personal injury lawyer, recovered over £15 million in compensation for clients with a brain injury last year

Birth Injuries

Our specialist clinical negligence solicitors are here to help you make a successful claim for compensation following medical mismanagement at birth. We will go that extra mile to give you the best possible chance of claiming compensation, because you shouldn’t have to suffer at the hands of medical experts.

Our solicitors will handle your case with the utmost care and promise to represent your best interests at all times. To receive expert legal advice, call our clinical negligence team today on 0800 027 2557 or complete our online contact form, and we will be in touch.

Recent case wins include:

Baby born with cerebral palsy due to medical failings - £11 million

Wrongful birth claim for parents of significantly disabled child - £2.65 million

What is medical mismanagement at birth?

If a child or mother suffers an injury due to poor treatment by a medical professional during pregnancy or labour, this is classed as medical mismanagement at birth. Injuries of this kind could be caused by an undiagnosed illness, poor delivery technique or failing to monitor both mother and baby during labour.

Medical mismanagement at birth can have a devastating impact on you and/or your baby's health. This kind of clinical negligence can lead to anything from short-term injuries to life-changing conditions and, in some cases, even death.

Types of medical mismanagement

Medical mismanagement at birth can happen during any of the following three stages: pregnancy, labour and after birth. Certain conditions most commonly occur as a result of medical mismanagement at each different stage. For example:


  • Undiagnosed diabetes development
  • Undetected pre eclampsia
  • Placental or uterine abruption
  • Wrongful birth (undetected birth defects that may have led to terminating the pregnancy had the mother been aware of them)
  • Neonatal deaths


After Birth:

  • Undiagnosed Hip Dysplasia
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Viral and bacterial encephalitis

Whilst these conditions vary in severity, they all have one thing in common: they can all be prevented with high standard proper medical care. If you and/or your child has suffered from any of the injuries above due to the negligence of a medical professional, you should seek advice from a legal expert as soon as possible.

How we can help

At Potter Rees Dolan, our solicitors are dedicated to helping you claim compensation for the suffering you or your child have wrongfully endured. We will:

  • provide you with tailored advice throughout your case
  • investigate the circumstances of your case
  • estimate how much compensation you are owed
  • negotiate on your behalf
  • represent you in court if needed

We know how difficult it is for families to cope with children that have any number of developmental problems, and understand that starting the legal process for compensation can add to the strain of daily life.

We aim to be supportive throughout and to make the legal process as stress-free as possible, meaning you can dedicate your time to caring for your family. We pride ourselves on not only our professional approach, but also the caring way with which our team handles claims of such a sensitive nature.

Talk to our solicitors today

For advice on your case, call our friendly solicitors today on 0800 027 2557 or complete our online enquiry form.

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