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Losing a child is one of the most devastating experiences a parent could ever have to face, especially if it could have been prevented.
Our team of personal injury solicitors have helped many bereaved people make a medical negligence compensation claim after the loss of a child. We understand the pain and difficulties you’re going through.
Our team has helped many clients claim compensation against those responsible for their child’s death.
We offer No Win No Fee which means you can make a stillbirth or neonatal death compensation claim without the worry of funding.
Our team make the claim process as straightforward as possible, offering home visits and other support options.
What is a stillbirth?
A stillbirth is when a baby is born dead after 24 weeks of pregnancy.
What is a neonatal death?
A neonatal death is when a baby dies in its first 28 days of life.
What counts as medical negligence in cases of stillbirth and neonatal death?
Many stillbirths happen in otherwise healthy babies and cannot be explained. However, some are caused by medical problems which healthcare providers can treat for and prevent stillbirth. Regular testing and examinations throughout pregnancy can help detect the symptoms of problems that can cause stillbirth and neonatal death. If staff fail to follow correct procedural guidelines throughout your pregnancy and during your delivery, this may amount to medical negligence.
Frequently Asked Questions
We know the thought of talking to a personal injury solicitor about making a compensation claim can be daunting. It’s a deeply upsetting time and no amount of money can bring your child back. However, it could mean that you get the answers you need and is the first step towards getting justice for them. Compensation can ease your financial burden and allow you to take care of any pressing money matters.
If your child has died due to someone else’s fault or negligence, you are fully entitled to make a compensation claim.
Here is what you need to know:
- The first step is to get in touch with us. Call our specialist medical negligence team on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or contact us online for a free, no obligation chat.
- We will ask you for the details of what happened to your child. Based on this information, we will assess your case and advise if your claim has a chance of success. We can often help even if you’ve been turned down by other law firms.
- Once we’ve taken on your case on a No Win No Fee basis, we will investigate the injury and work out who was to blame. Using our team of experts, we will liaise with hospital staff to access their notes and records.
- Our team will then guide you through the process of making a claim and advise you on what will happen at the inquest, if this applies in your case. We can provide legal representation at the inquest if that is something you’d welcome. During your claim, we will complete most of the paperwork on your behalf to allow you the time to focus on your grief and adjust to your loss. Click here to learn more about inquests.
- After we’ve got all the evidence prepared, we will contact the insurers of the person (or people) to blame for your loved one’s death. They are referred to as the ‘defendant’. If liability is accepted, we will be able settle your case out of court. However, if no agreement is reached, we may have to go to court and a judge will decide the outcome. Even if your case goes to court, many stillbirth and neonatal death claims settle before the trial begins. If court proceedings start, our expert team of solicitors will be with you every step of the way and will work hard to get you maximum compensation for your claim.
- We will keep you updated throughout the compensation process and explain everything that’s happening. We have many years of experience helping people who’ve lost loved ones in tragic circumstances and have secured tens of millions of pounds of damages for our clients.
Every stillbirth and neonatal death case is different. The exact compensation you can claim will depend on the circumstances surrounding the accident or negligence as well as other factors. These may include: any pain and suffering experienced, financial losses incurred including expenditure (e.g. care costs, administrative expenses, travel costs, funeral expenses, counselling services) and loss of earnings and pension.
A statutory bereavement award is a fixed sum of £12,980 which can be paid to the parent of a child who dies under the age of 18. The award applies to England and Wales only and is made following the death of a person involved in an accident or illness due to someone else’s negligence. Your solicitor can advise you more about the statutory bereavement award and other benefits you may be eligible for including the Bereavement Allowance (if you are aged between 45 and the State Pension Age).
Yes. The general rule is that you have three years to make a stillbirth and neonatal death compensation claim. This three year limitation starts from the date of the death of your child or from the date their death was linked to an error in their medical treatment. Time can be a critical factor in compensation claims, so it’s important to get in touch with our specialist personal injury team as soon as possible for expert advice.
If you have a question that is not listed above, please visit our FAQs page. Alternatively, please call our specialist team on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation chat.