Cerebral Palsy & Birth Injury Claims

Cerebral Palsy is essentially a disorder of motor function caused by an acquired defect or injury to the developing brain. This disorder usually exhibits itself as abnormal muscle tone, contraction and strength. It is possible for the developing brain to be injured by different insults at different times and it is worth noting that only a small number of children found to have Cerebral Palsy will have this disability as a result of the negligent management of their mother’s pregnancy, delivery or indeed the neonatal care given to the baby.

Cerebral Palsy often results from hypoxia, which is effectively starvation of oxygen/oxygenated blood, causing damage to the brain and consequently physical and sometimes intellectual disabilities. Whilst Cerebral Palsy may occur without negligence, it is certainly true also to say that in many instances a mother’s pregnancy, labour and delivery or the baby’s immediate post natal care can be handled poorly by Obstetric and Midwifery staff or Paediatricians. In those circumstances, the injury to the baby’s brain could often have been avoided completely, or at least very significantly reduced, had competent medical treatment been given.

There are various common complications which arise during pregnancy, labour or in the neonatal period which are not properly dealt with by the doctors involved. Our Solicitors who specialise in the area of Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injuries deal with these issues regularly and successfully achieve compensation for the injured child. Examples of such common complications include failure of medical personnel to deal competently with an abnormal CTG trace (which shows the baby’s heart rate and the mother’s contractions); misuse of Oxytocin/ Syntocinon used to induce or accelerate labour; problems caused to the baby following attempted instrumental delivery (by forceps or vacuum); injuries to the baby due to problems which might arise in the antenatal period such as pre-eclampsia; injuries to the baby due to uterine rupture or placental abruption (which are not competently managed) and undiagnosed/untreated hypoglycemia in the newborn baby; incompetently performed resuscitation of a sick new born baby and/or incompetently managed ventilation of a sick neonate.

Our medical negligence Solicitors have successfully brought to Trial and/or settled in excess of 50 birth injury claims over the years.


Recent cerebral palsy cases of note:  (*Links to news article section)

  • Augustus Cullen Law LLP. Solicitors Secures Settlement Of €8.4 Million For Woman With Cerebral Palsy
  • Medico-Legal Issues in Obstetric and Neonatal Care 9 October 2014, Radisson Blu Royal, Dublin
  • Augustus Cullen Law LLP. secure total lump sum payment of over €6.55 million for 8 year old girl who suffered brain damage at birth
  • Augustus Cullen Law LLP. secures €4 million lump sum settlement for 13 year old Meath girl
  • Augustus Cullen Law LLP. secure substantial settlement for the parents of a baby girl who died during birth
  • Augustus Cullen Law LLP. succeeds in securing €2.6 million interim settlement in Cerebral Palsy Action
  • ACL secure six figure sum on behalf of family following death of two day old infant boy as a result of injuries sustained at birth
  • Augustus Cullen Law LLP. Succeed in Securing an Interim Settlement of €1.3million in Cerebral Palsy Action
  • Augustus Cullen Law LLP. win 300k damages for 1 year care package for boy with cerebral palsy
  • Augustus Cullen Law LLP. Win Record Interim Settlement Of 2.9 Million For A Birth Injury Case
  • Augustus Cullen Law LLP. Win Major Trial For Baby Brain Injured At Birth As A Result Of Inadequate Resuscitation
  • Statement regarding Eoin Dunne –v– Coombe Hospital
  • ACL Negotiates €3.5 Million Settlement for Brain Injured Boy with Cerebral Palsy
  • Augustus Cullen Law successfully conclude two Birth Injury/Cerebral Palsy cases
  • ACL achieved interim settlement of €1.9m for girl with cerebral palsy and an apology
  • High Court awards over €735k compensation for plaintiff's future accommodation needs
  • ACL pursue action for 10yr old girl who suffered brain damage due to undiagnosed hydrocephalus
  • Augustus Cullen Law LLP. wins interim damages for Cerebral Palsy child injured at birth


*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.