Birth Injury Claims Specialists

Making a Birth and Maternity Compensation Claim

The birth of a baby is a magical time for the whole family, sadly delays in treatment and other failures by medical professionals can be life-changing.

The birth of a baby is a magical time for the whole family, sadly delays in treatment and other failures by medical professionals can be life-changing.

If you, your baby or both have been avoidably harmed because of failures by a midwife, obstetrician, doctor or another medical professional, the SeriousMedicalInjury.com specialist solicitor panel could help with a no win no fee compensation claim.

Types of Claims We Assist With

Types of birth and maternity claim our specialist solicitor panel are assisting with include:

  • Antenatal screening errors
  • Delays during delivery
  • Failure to carry out or delay in carrying out a c-section
  • Errors during caesarean section
  • Failing to identify the signs of fetal distress
  • Failure to adequately monitor the baby's heartbeat
  • Failure to provide the correct treatment
  • Umbilical cord errors
  • Forceps and ventouse errors
  • Gestational diabetes errors
  • Jaundice errors
  • Broken bones
  • Erb's palsy
  • Failure to act on patients concerns
  • Third and fourth-degree perineal tears
  • Sub-standard aftercare
  • Lack of 'informed' consent during labour
  • Stillbirth failures
  • Failure to spot and accurately treat an infection

If you, your baby or both have suffered because of failure by a medical professional you may be entitled to claim compensation. 

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Leading Medical Injury Experts

The SeriousMedicalInjury.com solicitor panel boasts some of the leading medical injury lawyers in England & Wales.

The panel's experience has helped them understand the many challenges that face both the client and their family. They provide access to specialist support services including rehabilitation and benefits advice.

They appreciate client's concerns of claiming compensation whilst still undergoing treatment and the uncertainty of what the future holds especially when the injuries are debilitating.

Acting in the client's best interests they guide them through the legal process and leave no stone unturned, with the aim of securing maximum compensation as quickly as possible.

Experts In Recovering Past And Future Losses

A successful claim can help improve the quality of life as it can allow a claimant to recover past and future costs for:

  • Corrective treatment
  • Care & Rehabilitation
  • Loss of earnings
  • Out of pocket expenses and more

What can I claim?

No Win No Fee - No Risk*

The most common way to claim compensation for medical negligence is on a no win no fee basis.

Our panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors will carry out an assessment of your case and may decide that they can assist you on a no win no fee basis, also known as a conditional fee agreement (CFA).

A claim taken on a no win no fee basis means that if your claim is unsuccessful you will not be required to pay your solicitor’s fees, providing you cooperate and do not provide misleading information, nothing is payable by you up front and nothing is payable at all if your claim is unsuccessful.

Free Claim Assessment - No Obligation

Before you decide to claim, start your free, no obligation case assessment to check if one of our specialist serious medical negligence solicitors can assist you on a no win no fee basis

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Birth and Maternity Claims We Assist With:

Antenatal screening errors

During pregnancy, women are offered appointments, tests and diagnostic imaging such as ultrasound to help make the pregnancy safer, identify abnormalities of the unborn baby, and reduce the likelihood of problems during labour. Sadly, things still go wrong which sometimes is the result of negligence.

If you, your baby or both have suffered because of antenatal errors you may be entitled to claim compensation.

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Delays during delivery

Good management of labour can make a huge difference to the mother's experience of childbirth. Unfortunately, failures by midwives and obstetricians can put both the mother and baby at risk of harm if the delivery is delayed, particularly the baby if the delay caused oxygen starvation.

If you, your baby or both have suffered because of a delayed delivery you may be entitled to claim compensation.

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Failure to carry out or delay in carrying out a c-section

A C-section delivery can be either an elected procedure or a medical necessity to help safely deliver the baby. Sadly during labour things can go wrong, sometimes because of failures by a midwife, obstetrician or registrar.
If you, your baby or both have suffered an avoidable injury because of a failure or delay in carrying out a caesarean you may be entitled to claim compensation.

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Errors during caesarean section

A caesarean can help safely deliver the baby and prevent problems of a complicated birth. Sadly some mothers and babies are avoidably harmed when a surgeon or another medical professional gets things wrong.

If you, your baby or both have suffered following a c-section you may be entitled to claim compensation.

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Failing to identify the signs of fetal distress

It is reasonable to expect the pregnancy team to manage your pregnancy properly and this includes spotting signs of fetal distress, Sadly this is not always the case, sometimes things go wrong and the signs of a baby being unwell are missed.

If you, your baby or both have suffered because a midwife, obstetrician or another medical professional failed to spot that your unborn baby was unwell you may be entitled to claim compensation.

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Failure to adequately monitor the baby's heartbeat

Fetal heart rate monitoring is one of the best ways to assess a baby's health in the womb. The maternity team understands the importance of accurate monitoring. Failure to recognise and address a fatal heart problem can lead to serious complications or worse, sadly this is some women's experience.

If you, your baby or both have suffered because a midwife, obstetrician or another medical professional failed in their duty of care you may be entitled to claim compensation.

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Umbilical cord errors

The umbilical cord feeds and provides oxygen to the baby in the womb. The birthing team is aware of the dangers posed when problems with the umbilical cord occur such as oxygen starvation. Sadly sometimes these signs are missed.

If you, your baby or both have suffered because a midwife, obstetrician or another medical professional failed in their duty of care you may be entitled to claim compensation.

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Forceps and ventouse Errors

During labour, it may become necessary for midwives to use forceps or a ventouse vacuum cap to assist delivery. In skilled hands, these instruments are safe and effective. Sadly sometimes inexperience, lack of judgment or heavy-handedness causes unnecessary harm.

If you, your baby or both have suffered because a medical professional was negligent you may be entitled to claim compensation.

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Third and fourth-degree perineal tears

The perineal is particularly vulnerable to tearing during childbirth especially if the baby is large. Midwives are aware of the complications that bigger babies can cause and also take into account any previous births in deciding whether to carry out an episiotomy or not. Unfortunately, sometimes severe tears occur, some which may have been avoided by a diligent intervention.

If you have suffered because a midwife, obstetrician or another medical professional failed in their duty of care you may be entitled to claim.

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Episiotomy errors

It may be necessary for a midwife or doctor to carry-out an episiotomy, a surgical incision during labour. This could be to assist with a quicker birth or if there is a clinical need to help prevent a serious injury. Unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong that causes a variety of complications such as infection, excessive scarring, severe pain and pain during sex.

If you have suffered because a midwife, obstetrician or another medical professional was negligent you may be entitled to claim compensation.

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Gestational diabetes errors

A common problem for women during pregnancy is the onset of gestational diabetes. This condition normally disappears after childbirth. Sadly diagnosis delays and treatment errors can result in serious complications affecting the pregnant woman and unborn child.

If you, your baby or both have suffered because a midwife, obstetrician or another medical professional failed in their duty of care you may be entitled to claim compensation.

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Jaundice errors

Jaundice is fairly common in newborn babies and rarely serious, however, the condition does need monitoring to avoid complications. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and some babies are unnecessarily harmed.

If your baby has suffered because a medical professional failed in their duty of care you may be entitled to claim compensation.

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Erb's palsy

Erb's palsy is a medical condition when nerves controlling the upper arm become damaged and result in paralysis of the arm. This birth-related injury can be caused by a variety of reasons including, poor pregnancy management and excessive force by midwives during a difficult birth.

If you, your baby or both have suffered because of negligent care you may be entitled to claim compensation.

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Broken bones

Unlike adult bones, babies bones are much softer and more prone to damage. Despite labour often being traumatic the birthing team is expected to keep mother and baby safe. Sadly, sometimes babies are avoidably injured when excessive force or poor technique are used.

If you, your baby or both have suffered because of negligent treatment you may be entitled to claim compensation.

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Failure to act on the patient's concerns

It is the duty of the birthing team to keep mother and baby safe. Listening and acting on patient concerns can help prevent problems occurring, and yet, sometimes a mother's intuition is ignored or not taken seriously and results in unnecessary harm.

If you, your baby or both have suffered because of a lack of duty of care you may be entitled to claim compensation.

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Sub-standard aftercare

It is important that patients receive appropriate aftercare to help prevent infections, and promptly diagnose and treat complications. Medical and community nursing teams are responsible to arrange and manage suitable aftercare. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

If you, your baby or both have suffered because of unacceptable standards of aftercare you may be entitled to claim compensation.

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Lack of 'informed' consent during labour

The recent Montgomery ruling has shifted the ‘doctor knows best’ approach that was widely accepted to putting the emphasis back with the pregnant woman. This means that the patient will be provided with clinical information about the pregnancy and it’s her decision as to whether to continue with a normal pregnancy or revert to an elective C-section.

If you, your baby or both have been injured during labour and you feel your consent was compromised as you were not fully informed of the nature and risks of treatment or following signing a consent form you were not given sufficient time to reconsider, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

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Stillbirth failures

The trauma of a family affected by a stillbirth can remain indefinitely. Sometimes the cause of a baby’s death is clear but often there is no obvious cause. Although not all stillbirths are preventable some are the result of negligent medical care such as failing to manage a baby during pregnancy and errors during labour.

If you have suffered a stillbirth you may wish to consider your legal position.

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Failure to spot and accurately treat Infection

Infections pose a risk to patients especially those who are vulnerable like newly born babies and their mothers. Many infections are entirely preventable or can be spotted early and successfully treated. Sadly this is not always the case, as some women and babies suffering unnecessary harm.

If you, your baby or both have suffered from lack of duty of care you may be entitled to claim compensation.

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Compensation & Special Damages

Our medical negligence solicitor panel has successfully settled many serious and catastrophic medical injury claims and have experience in fighting for the following types of special damages:

Injury & Suffering

One of the elements of compensation is awarded for pain and suffering.

This takes into account the length of time the claimant is in pain and the effect it will have on their personal life.

Loss Of Earnings

If you have sustained a serious medical injury it is likely you have suffered a loss of earnings especially if your injuries are significant.

Our solicitor panel can help recover your work-related losses. 

Financial Losses

Compensation settlements are designed to put the claimant in a similar financial position prior to the incident.

All financial losses are included in the claim to ensure maximum compensation.

Rehabilitation

Medical injuries often require extensive rehabilitation.

In successful cases our solicitor panel can help recover all costs of corrective treatment.

Private Treatment

If the NHS has made your health worse you may decide on private treatment.

You can recover private treatment costs as part of your compensation settlement.

Care Costs

In severe cases, it may be necessary for people to go in to care, especially if they are vulnerable.

Our solicitor panel understands the complexity of serious injuries and can help recover your care costs.

Housing Adaptation

Home adaptations such as stairlifts can improve the quality of life of people with serious medical conditions.

Our solicitor panel work closely with leading occupational therapists and case managers to assist clients with mobility and access issues.

Relocation Costs

It may be necessary for some people with serious health problems to relocate. 

If you need to relocate or are considering relocation you may be able to recover the costs as part of your compensation award.

Assistive Technology

Our solicitor panel is aware of how assistive technology can make a real difference to improve the quality of life of those with serious health problems.

Smart technology such as voice-activated devices can help people cope with tasks which most of us take for granted, such as turning on and off appliances and controlling room temperature.

Dependants

If you have lost a loved one because of negligence you may need to consider your legal position.

Our solicitor panel can help dependants access compensation, support and assist with inquest representation.

Bereavement Costs

The loss of a loved one is an emotional time made even worse if someone else is to blame.

Our solicitor panel can help recover bereavement, funeral, inquest representation and other costs. 

Future Expenses

It is crucial that all future losses are considered when calculating a schedule of loss. 

Working with leading financial experts our solicitor panel can help recover future losses including, income, pensions, investments and many more.

Unsure if you can make a no win no fee medical injury claim?

Before you decide to make a claim, check for FREE if our panel of medical negligence solicitors can assist with your claim on a no win no fee.

or call: 0800 699 0900
or call: 0800 699 0900

Lines open 24 hours, 7 days a week