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Neonatal Claims

Giving birth is supposed to be a time of great excitement for mothers and their family, and most of the time, parents are permitted to take their newborn home within a couple of days.

However, sometimes mistakes by medical professionals take place, and babies can sustain an injury or develop potentially life-threatening conditions shortly after they are born.

The term ‘neonatal’ refers to the 28 days immediately after birth. During this time, they are particularly vulnerable and can sustain injuries or develop illnesses quite easily. If medical professionals fail to provide care to the highest standard, babies could contract a number of potentially damaging illnesses.

If you and your family have been impacted by a neonatal injury sustained due to the negligence of a medical professional, you may be entitled to make a claim.


During the first month, it is crucial that a baby is properly monitored, and any unusual symptoms are identified to prevent the contraction of a potentially life-threatening illness or injury. Failure to identify or act on these symptoms could have devastating consequences for the baby and their family.

If this has happened, and your baby has suffered due to negligence of a medical professional, you may be able to claim compensation.


A neonatal injury arises shortly after birth, and if it is not managed effectively, can lead to a permanent disability. In the most severe cases, this type of injury or condition could also prove fatal.

Examples of the most common neonatal injuries and conditions include:

  • Hip dysplasia:Babies should have their hips examined as part of the neonatal screening process. However, if this does not take place, the newborn is at risk of hospitalisation or eventual issues with walking in later life.
  • Neonatal hypoglycaemia: Sometimes, babies can have difficulty adapting to a suddenly fluctuating supply of glucose. In cases where this remains undetected, it can lead to brain damage.
  • Neonatal jaundice: While rare, this condition can lead to cerebral palsy or brain damage if it is not picked up by a doctor.


Neonatal injuries come in many different forms, and are not exclusive to those mentioned above. Other issues can include:

  • Adverse reactions to vaccinations
  • Errors regarding baby identification
  • Errors surrounding premature births in intensive care units
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder, or postnatal depression for the mother


At Ramsdens, our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors is on hand every step of the way throughout the claims process. We know how difficult it can be to adjust to life following a neonatal injury, so we are committed to making this process as stress-free as possible for you and your family.

We have helped hundreds of clients get the money they deserve after a neonatal injury, so we are best placed to offer advice of the highest standard all the way through what can be a stressful process.


To discuss your circumstances, contact Ramsdens Solicitors today either by calling 01484 821 500, email us at or fill out an online enquiry form and we can get back to you at a more convenient time.