Periventricular Leukomalacia PVL

Periventricular Leukomalacia PVL Compensation Claims

Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) is a type of brain injury most common in babies who are born prematurely or with a particularly low birthweight. It involves permanent damage to the brain that can leave children with cognitive and developmental issues, as well as difficulties with coordination, vision and hearing.

Most children with periventricular leukomalacia (anywhere from 60% upwards) are also affected by cerebral palsy. This can result in a wide range of consequences for a child’s health and development, including problems controlling their muscles, muscle stiffness, tightness and weakness, uncontrolled movements, issues with balance, shaky hands and feet and speech difficulties.

Both periventricular leukomalacia and cerebral palsy can have a serious impact on a child’s health and wellbeing, as well as their ability to live independently long term. Where a baby was born prematurely or suffered a lack of oxygen or blood flow due to failings in the prenatal care, it may be possible to claim compensation. This can help ensure a child gets the help and support they need to deal with their condition and give them the best possible quality of life.

IBB Claims clinical negligence lawyers have expertise in cerebral palsy and periventricular leukomalacia compensation claims. We aim to secure substantial settlements for our clients, providing empathetic and highly practical advice and support to help make the claims process as straightforward and stress-free as possible.

We are accredited by the Law Society for Personal Injury Law reflecting our expertise in this area.  Our expertise in handling clinical negligence claims has also been recognised by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, the two leading client guides to the legal profession.

We offer a free initial consultation for all medical negligence claims so we can get a clear understanding of your situation and give an honest assessment of whether we think you have a claim worth pursuing.

Where we believe your claim justifies further investigation, we are usually able to offer a no-win no-fee agreement. This means there is normally no upfront cost to starting a claim for cerebral palsy and periventricular leukomalacia with IBB.  

To start a compensation claim for a periventricular leukomalacia, call us today on 0333 123 9099, email or use the contact form on the right to request a callback.


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Our expertise in a periventricular leukomalacia claims

Our medical negligence lawyers regularly support mothers and families all over England and Wales. We are able to secure substantial compensation for our clients in relation to issues including:

  • Negligent pre-natal care advice
  • Failure to prescribe anti-contraction medication where appropriate
  • Late diagnosis and misdiagnosis of maternal infection during pregnancy
  • Failure to appropriately treat maternal infection
  • Failure to perform an emergency C-section
  • Failure to diagnose and treat maternal hypotension and decreased blood flow to the infant during pregnancy

To find out more about our specific expertise relevant to your situation, please get in touch.

How we handle a periventricular leukomalacia compensation claims

We appreciate that you may wish to avoid the stress and uncertainty often involved with court action and, fortunately, we are usually able to resolve most claims out of court.

By using our experience with alternative dispute resolution, our medical negligence lawyers can usually agree an appropriate settlement with the defendant voluntarily. This allows you to get a result and receive compensation faster, as well as saving on legal fees and expenses.

However, we do regularly represent clients in court, so if court proceedings are unavoidable to secure the best possible settlement, we can provide the skills and experience you need.

As well as our own in-house expertise, we also have strong relationships with specialist barristers and other professional medical experts, so can always offer you the best possible advice and representation, whatever route your claim takes.

Our no win no fee claims service

We represent the majority of our clients on a no win, no fee basis, meaning there is normally no cost to start a cerebral palsy or periventricular leukomalacia claim.

Formally known as a ‘conditional fee agreement’, this type of fee deal means anyone can start a claim, regardless of their financial circumstances, and there is no financial risk to you in pursuing compensation.

To find out more about starting a no win, no fee a periventricular leukomalacia compensation claim, please speak to a member of our team now.

Who can claim compensation for periventricular leukomalacia?

For conditions such as periventricular leukomalacia and cerebral palsy, it will usually be a child’s parents who claim compensation on their behalf.

For your child to be eligible for compensation, you will need to show the following:

  1. That the care received fell below medically acceptable standards, resulting in your child’s premature birth and/or opportunities were missed with the post-natal care given to mitigate any long-term damage.
  2. That the care given resulted in a worse outcome for your child’s health and wellbeing than if competent care had been provided.

How much compensation can you claim for periventricular leukomalacia negligence?

The value of a periventricular leukomalacia claim will depend on various issues, including:

  • How serious the damage is to your child’s brain
  • The effects of this damage on your child’s health, wellbeing, development and ability to independently
  • Any specific costs you have incurred or expect to incur as a result of your child’s condition
  • The level of liability the defendant admits or is found to have by the court.

Compensation for periventricular leukomalacia will normally be split into two separate types of damages:

Financial Losses and Expenses – For specific financial losses.  This includes things such as paying for private treatment and care, as well as lost income due to having to take time off work and not able to return to work, or perhaps not able to command the same level of income enjoyed before the penis enlargement clinical negligence.

General Compensation – For non-financial losses, such as pain, suffering and lifestyle changes. 

We will aim to provide an accurate estimate of your claim’s likely value as quickly as possible once you get in touch, helping you to make an informed decision about how to move forward with your claim.

What is the time limit for a periventricular leukomalacia compensation claim?

This will depend on the circumstances, including who is bringing the claim and whether the person with periventricular leukomalacia is still a child.

Most compensation claims for periventricular leukomalacia are brought while the claimant is still a child with their parents or guardians bringing the claim. In this case, the parents will have until the child turns 18 to make their claim.

If, for whatever reason, the parents do not bring a claim by the time the child turns 18, the claimant can then bring their own claim until their 21st birthday.

However, if the claimant is judged not to have the mental capacity to bring a claim of their own, there is no time limit for someone else to bring a claim for them.

Get in touch with our expert birth injury claims solicitors today

To arrange your free consultation on starting a periventricular leukomalacia negligence claim, please call us on 0333 123 9099, email us at or use the contact form on the right to request a call back.

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