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Most births happen without incident, and the parents are soon heading home with their healthy and happy new baby. But, sadly, even the most straightforward of births can go wrong if the medical professionals in charge fail to take proper care of the mother and baby.
Negligent care can occur in the lead up to, during or immediately after giving birth and can result in severe, life-changing physical and mental trauma.
It is the responsibility of those caring for you to recognise and manage risks effectively during and after childbirth. While some maternal injuries can occur during delivery, serious injuries that are preventable and negligent mistakes are unacceptable.
Every parent has the right to expect a good quality of antenatal care from nurses, midwives, doctors, and other healthcare staff. If this does not happen, you may be able to make a compensation claim.
Our specialist team of birth injury solicitors have many years of experience helping families who have experienced a poor standard of care during childbirth resulting in severe injuries to the mother.
We have the expertise to help you obtain the answers you seek about what happened and why and will give you the specialist legal advice you need to make a successful medical negligence claim.
We understand it can be difficult talking about your birth injury. It’s a sensitive and emotional subject. That’s why our specialist birth injury solicitors will handle your claim with the utmost sympathy, professionalism, and care.
There is a wide range of birth injuries to mothers that can happen. Our expert team can help you make a compensation claim for injuries and procedures that can cause serious medical problems, including:
Some women who have experienced a traumatic birth can suffer postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Symptoms include hyper-vigilance, intrusive memories, flashbacks, severe emotional distress, irritability, trouble sleeping and nightmares.
Our birth injury lawyers can also help if your baby is negligently injured during labour and birth.
Some examples of birth injuries to babies we can help with include:
If you want to make a compensation claim for an injury your baby sustained during childbirth, please visit our birth injury claims page.
We understand that it can be daunting making the decision to make a birth injury compensation claim, but our expert team is here to help.
We understand that it may be difficult to talk about your injuries. We are good listeners and sensitive to how your life has been affected in different ways. We are here to support you as well as advise you. Our specialist birth injury lawyers will work hard on your behalf to secure maximum compensation for your pain and suffering and to ensure you have access to the expert treatment and rehabilitation you need to get your life back on track.
Compensation for birth injuries to mothers is calculated differently depending on your specific situation and the extent of your injury, but successful claims tend to include compensation for:
If you would like to claim compensation for a birth injury you’ve sustained during childbirth, get in touch with our expert medical negligence team for a FREE initial consultation.
Our expert birth injury lawyers will ask you what happened during your labour and the birth of your baby, talk through all the details with you and will work out if you’ll be able to make a successful birth injury claim.
We offer No Win No Fee funding, which means there is no financial risk to you or any hidden, unexpected costs. In the highly unlikely event, your birth injury claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay a penny. Find out more information about No Win No Fee.
Our expert birth injury lawyers will investigate your claim thoroughly. We will gather the evidence needed to build a strong case for you and your family.
Our team will gather the documentary and witness evidence needed and work with leading independent medical experts and barristers to help prove your birth injury case.
The value of your birth injury claim is calculated using several factors, including:
Find out more about how we calculate compensation.
You must make a claim within three years of the date of your injury or from the time you found out that negligent treatment caused your injury.
It’s vital you get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can investigate your birth injury case for you.
If you are claiming for a mother who has tragically died due to a birth injury, you have three years to make a claim from the date of their death.
We settle most birth injury claims out of court. If your medical negligence case must go to court, our expert birth injury solicitors will support you throughout the process.
If we do have to issue court proceedings (for example, because no settlement agreement is reached informally), we will guide you through the process and ensure you understand what is happening each step of the way.
In many birth injury cases, the claims settle before the official court hearing date. For the small minority that does not, there is nothing to worry about. We will instruct a specialist barrister to represent you at the final hearing, and our expert solicitor will be with you to support you on the day.
A maternal birth injury is any harm that is caused to a mother during or around the time of labour and childbirth. Minor injuries such as swelling, bruising and small tears are quite common and usually heal quickly. But severe injuries can be caused by negligent medical care for a variety of reasons and there is a wide range of different types of injury. Examples include bladder or bowel damage, placental abruption, misdiagnosis, or delays in diagnosis of pre-eclampsia and uterine rupture.
Your midwife, nurse or doctor has a legal duty of care to protect you from harm during childbirth and to ensure you receive prompt and effective treatment if anything goes wrong. If you suffer a serious injury, it may be because the healthcare provider looking after you during labour and childbirth or in the early days following the birth was not of a competent enough standard. It’s vital to speak to a specialist birth injury solicitor who can listen to what happened to you and advise you appropriately.
Birth injury claims can be complex. That’s why it’s essential to speak to a specialist birth injury solicitor who has the experience and expertise to advise you on making a potential claim. Our expert team are experienced in handling birth injury claims and will support you with compassion and care. We are on hand to give you all the legal advice you need. You can call us at any time on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or email email@example.com.
If you’ve sustained a serious birth injury, it is likely that you are experiencing psychological as well as physical trauma. You may have severe injuries which will require treatment and support for the rest of your life. If your injury was caused by negligent medical care, we can secure compensation to make your life easier. We work with case managers, physiotherapists, and support providers to ensure your specific needs are met. Our solicitors can also help you get answers and find out why your birth injury happened. This will ensure crucial lessons are learnt and help prevent the same avoidable mistakes from happening to other mothers.
No two birth injury compensation claims are the same, and the amount of damages you receive depends on the severity of your birth injury and the impact on your quality of life. Our expert birth injury lawyers will gather the evidence required to calculate the amount of compensation you should receive. For a free initial consultation, call our birth injury team on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or online for a free, no-obligation chat.
Tragically, severe birth injuries can lead to death if medical professionals make negligent errors or fail to diagnose or monitor the situation correctly. Some maternal deaths are completely preventable which means that depending on the circumstances, you have every right to make a birth injury claim following their death. We have experience helping families make fatal birth injury claims.
We can also provide support and represent you during the inquest into your loved one’s death. Learn more about how we can help with inquests.
Yes, if your baby sadly died due to a birth injury and someone else was to blame, you may be able to make a claim on behalf of their estate. Find out more about fatal injury claims.
If your current law firm is not giving you the service and support you need during your birth injury compensation claim, you are entitled to change solicitors.
Why choose us?
As expert solicitors focusing on serious personal injury and medical negligence, you can trust us to get the best results for you and your family.
We understand what you are going through, and we will be there for you every step of the way throughout your claim and beyond.
Our No Win No Fee guarantee means you can make a risk-free compensation claim with no legal costs or charges if your claim is unsuccessful.
Specialist rehabilitation, medical care and support can make a huge difference in your life. We work with the best providers to get the treatment you need.
The professionalism with which you have handled my claim put my mind at ease and was less stressful than I could have imagined.
Going with Novum Law was the best thing I’ve ever done.
Novum won the case for me, and helped me get my life back together
I would have no hesitation in recommending Novum Law and your services.
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