Cerebral Palsy Solicitors

Professional, compassionate legal advice for Cerebral Palsy claims

Cerebral Palsy is a lifelong condition that affects different senses and motor skills of the body. Cerebral Palsy requires special care and if it was caused by the failings of a medical professional, you could have grounds for a medical negligence claim.

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Switalskis Solicitors Cerebral Palsy CompensationWhat is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is a non-progressive condition, the symptoms of which can vary depending on the type. The symptoms can include impairment or loss of movement, sensory abnormalities, and vision, hearing or speech problems. If you have Cerebral Palsy you may also suffer from learning difficulties, epilepsy or behavioural problems.

It typically requires specialist, lifelong care and rehabilitation which can come with a significant cost, hence many of those affected will pursue a legal claim if they believe that the condition was a result of negligent medical care.

What causes Cerebral Palsy?

There are numerous causes which could occur before or after birth. For example, your baby’s brain may be damaged from reasons such as the baby having a stroke or bleeding of the brain. Bleeding of the brain can stem from a forceps or vacuum delivery, or a haemorrhage disease. Asphyxiation may also occur wherein the brain does not receive enough oxygen. It can also stem from an infection from the mother. This is not an exhaustive list however and it can be caused by the negligence of a medical professional.

How can Medical Negligence cause Cerebral Palsy?

There are a number of ways this can happen, including but not limited to:

  • A caesarean is not carried out on time, causing head trauma.
  • The professional uses excessive pressure on the baby’s head during birth
  • Failure to properly monitor heartbeat

These situations could all be potentially avoided and would fall under the responsibility of medical staff.

When can I make a Medical Negligence claim?

In most cases, claims need to be made within three years from when you either suffered negligent care, or three years from when you first discovered your injury. However, this time restriction can vary depending on the circumstances of your case. For example, when making a claim for a child, the three year time restriction begins after the child turn 18 years old. Likewise, someone who lacks mental capacity and cannot make a claim on their own may also be exempt from the restriction.

Our Medical Negligence Specialists

Suzanne Munroe

Director & Solicitor

Sarah Tipton Walker, Medical Negligence Solicitor and Director

Sarah Tipton Walker

Director & Solicitor

Charlotte Reeves, Medical Negligence & Inquest Solicitor

Charlotte Reeves

Director & Solicitor

Kay Barnes

Director & Solicitor

David Thomas


Carmel Walsh

Director & Solicitor

Lisa Swales

Director & Solicitor

Richard Starkie

Director & Solicitor

Robyn Hawxby

Director & Solicitor

Georgina Peckett, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Switalskis

Georgina Peckett

Senior Associate Solicitor

Christopher Noble

Senior Associate

Sadie Simpson, Medical Negligence & Inquest Solicitor

Sadie Simpson


Helena Tindall, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Huddersfield

Helena Tindall


Laura Simpson


Kate Gelder, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Doncaster

Kate Gelder

Associate Solicitor

Delyth Ann Jones, Medical Neglicence Solicitor, Huddersfield

Delyth Ann Jones

Consultant Solicitor

Christine Griffiths

Associate Solicitor

Linda Smith, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Sheffield

Linda Smith

Associate Solicitor

Belinda Norcliffe, Medical Negligence Solicitor

Belinda Norcliffe


Lisa Mann, Medical Negligence Solicitor

Lisa Mann


Jim Gladman, Medical Negligence & Inquest Solicitor

Jim Gladman


Burhan Akhtar, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Huddersfield

Burhan Akhtar


Heather Kolar, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Huddersfield

Heather Kolar


Sian Morris, Medical Negligence Lawyer, Huddersfield - Switalskis

Sian Stevens

Chartered Legal Executive

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Fay Marshall


Tamlin Bolton

Senior Associate Solicitor

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Emma Hudson


Lauren Muir


Julie Dudson

Senior Solicitor

Jack Fox


Heather Smith

Associate Solicitor

Ellie McGuinness

Trainee Solicitor

Rebecca Coupland


Lisa Simpson, Medical Negligence Lawyer, Huddersfield - Switalskis

Lisa Simpson


Jenny Di Sora

Associate Solicitor

Laura Cates

Associate Solicitor

Stephanie Turner

Associate Solicitor

Hannah Cazaly


Jonathan Gray

Solicitor & Professional Support Lawyer

Paisley Laws


June Plowman

Litigation Executive

Sheila Marsh

Nurse - Clinical Advisor

Casey Stillman

Litigation Executive

Eleanor Fieldsend


Becky Whitfield

Associate Costs Lawyer

Joanne King

Associate Solicitor

Julie Tansey

Associate Solicitor

Laura Farrell

Associate Solicitor

Laura Armstrong

Associate Solicitor

Rochelle Lambert

Associate Solicitor

Clare Middleton

Associate Solicitor

Emily Bateson


Oliver Head


How are Cerebral Palsy claims funded?

There are various options of funding for claims. Many of our cases are funded using Conditional Fee Agreements, (also called a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement). In a Conditional Fee Agreement, you will only pay for our solicitors’ work if we win the case for you. In very limited cases we can offer some advice for free thanks to Legal Aid funding. Our solicitors can review and discuss your funding options and help you decide the best route to take.

How can Switalskis help me?

Our team is led by Suzanne Munroe, who specialises in high-severity claims including those for Cerebral Palsy. Along with several of our other solicitors, Suzanne is accredited by the patients’ charity, AvMA, and The Law Society. We are also recognised as being among the top Clinical Negligence teams in England by the Legal 500 UK, the foremost legal guide for clients.

Our medical negligence investigation will include a thorough examination of the medical records and other evidence in conjunction with medical experts, to establish what happened in your case. In order to prove medical negligence, it is necessary to exclude all possible causes for the Cerebral Palsy other than negligent medical care. It is a complex and meticulous process, and our specialist solicitors will explain every step of the way what is happening and what might happen next.

Call us on 0800 138 0458 or contact us through the website to talk to a medical negligence solicitor about your circumstances.

What our clients say

"We really appreciate all your efforts and the positive outcome so far of your research and professionalism. You have picked up the baton at the eleventh hour when we were at our lowest point and abandoned by everyone else – thank you so much."

'GM' - Clinical Negligence Client

"I felt comfortable with Ruth and I trusted her. Ruth kept me up-to-date with every detail. I would strongly recommend Switalskis, and Ruth in particular."

'PL' - Clinical Negligence Client

"I would like to thank Jim Gladman and the Switalskis’ team for everything they did for me. A job well done."

'NM' - Medical Negligence Client

"Stephanie Kennedy was brilliant from start to finish."

Clinical Negligence Client

"I was extremely satisfied with how [Claire Garrity] dealt with my case. It was difficult for me and Claire guided me through with consummate skill."

'SH' - Clinical Negligence Client

"This was the first time I’ve had to use a Solicitor, I found [Samantha Spain] very professional and helpful. The experience was much easier and more pleasant than I had feared."

'TM' - Clinical Negligence Client