Epilepsy and Birth Injuries


Epilepsy and a traumatic birth have been linked in previous research and can have consequences down the line for both parents and children. Whilst it is possible to live with epilepsy, if the condition was avoidable, you may want those responsible held to account.

Medical Negligence

My Child Has Epilepsy

In the UK alone there are more than 600,000 people living with epilepsy. During an epileptic fit, the brain becomes overwhelmed with electrical activity, the severity of which is unique to the individual. Having epilepsy means your child has experienced more than one epileptic fit and will likely suffer more in the future.

For the most part, it is quite difficult to get a grasp what caused your child to become epileptic. However, in some cases it can be narrowed down a head injury, a stroke, a brain infection, or a difficult and traumatic birth.

Epilepsy at Birth

There are many events at birth that can result in epilepsy, but the most common are:

  • Being born up to 3 months early causing a bleeding on the brain
  • Being born but lacking oxygen to the brain. The medical name for this is perinatal hypoxia
  • Being born with low levels of glucose, calcium or sodium in the blood

If there was a delay in the birth due to the negligence of your birthing staff or if the cord became entangled around your baby's neck during the birth and the medical staff failed to remove it, this may have led to your child receiving a lack of oxygen to the brain.

How Can I Get Compensation?

If any of the above happened and your child was later diagnosed with epilepsy, you may have a claim for medical negligence. If you would like to pursue a claim to get financial security for your child we have a detailed guide on the birth injury claims process.

Unlike birth injuries that affect the mother, you have up until 3 years after your child's 18th birthday to make a claim for birth injury negligence.

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