Genetic/ Congenital Conditions

Congenital brain injuries can be caused by genetic defects, infections and trauma and these can result in Cerebral Palsy, brain damage and epilepsy.

Congenital abnormalities, are defects a person is born with. Birth defects affect around 3-4% of babies and the most common congenital disorders include; heart defects, cleft lip, spina bifida and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn.

There are many factors that could cause a birth defect some of which are avoidable, such as antidepressants or prescription drugs taken during pregnancy. Genetic based factors can be the cause, as can a congenital chromosomal abnormality such as Down’s Syndrome, a mother having an infection during pregnancy, or other factors. 

Our team of expert specialist clinical negligence and birth injury solicitors at Chadwick Lawrence specialise in all types of medical negligence compensation claims including genetic claims, which can include:

• Negligence before or during pregnancy in failing to diagnose, carry out appropriate investigations, spot abnormalities on scans, or advise regarding inherited genetic diseases, likely disabilities or congenital defect,s including defects in major organs such as the heart or brain, Sickle Cell Disease, chromosomal abnormalities such as Down’s Syndrome, or spinal abnormalities including spina bifida

• Failure to diagnose or delay in diagnosis of conditions such as congenital Hip Dysplasia

• Failure to diagnose or counsel regarding an inherited genetic disease.

• Failure to treat an inherited genetic disease.

Our team of dedicated expert specialist medical negligence and birth injury solicitors have many years of experience in handling birth injury compensation claims. If you believe that you, your child or a family member may have sustained an injury or suffered as a result of medical negligence in relation to any birth injury or genetic condition, please contact our specialist Legal Aid and no win no fee medical negligence birth injury lawyers at Chadwick Lawrence for free legal advice on the free phone number below.

It is important that your claim is dealt with by specialist medical negligence lawyers, as these claims are usually complex and of high value. We represent birth injury children  and have an excellent record in complex and high value medical negligence claims, many resulting in substantial settlements. We specialise solely in clinical and medical negligence claims. We have the expertise to obtain the maximum amount of damages to compensate and provide for your child’s future and to support you and your family through the process.  

Our team is led by Tony May, a birth injury solicitor with an excellent record and with over 20 years experience and expertise in dealing with Cerebral Palsy claims, Erb’s Palsy claims and other birth  injury claims, many resulting in multi-million pound settlements. Tony can be contacted by email on or by telephone on 01484 519999. Alternatively, you could call our team on the freephone number below.

We are members of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel and Action Against Medical Accidents (AVMA). We are also one of only a select number of solicitors’ practices accredited by the Legal Aid Agency and the Law Society to handle medical negligence claims. We are therefore authorised to deal with medical negligence investigations funded by Legal Aid. If you are not eligible for Legal Aid, Conditional Fee Agreement funding (also known as “No Win No Fee”) may be available. 

We deal with claims countrywide. We are based at our Huddersfield office but can visit you in your home or in hospital if you are unable to attend at one of our West Yorkshire offices. Initial advice is always free, whether in person, on the telephone or by e-mail. 

Contact Chadwick Lawrence for free legal advice on FREE PHONE  0800 028 2969 or email: 

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