If mother or baby were injured during pregnancy or childbirth due to clinical or medical negligence, Slater and Gordon Lawyers can help. Please call our medical negligence solicitors for an initial consultation on freephone 0800 916 9049 or contact us online and we’ll call you.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers can provide immediate representation and rehabilitation support anywhere in the UK. No matter where you live, our childbirth negligence compensation specialists can help.
How to start childbirth negligence claims
The first step of starting your claim is to seek legal advice. Contact our specialist childbirth negligence solicitors to discuss your circumstances and for expert advice you can rely on.
When you contact Slater and Gordon to provide details of what happened, whether the injury occurred in a private clinic or an NHS hospital, we can help you understand if you have a claim for medical negligence compensation. Our experts will advise you on how to claim compensation and what the claims process will involve. We’ll also outline any time constraints that may affect your case, the likelihood of success in winning your case and how much childbirth negligence compensation you could expect to receive.
Birth injury to mothers
When you seek the help of a medical professional in order to give birth, you have a reasonable expectation of receiving competent, skilled and attentive treatment. In most cases, the doctors, nurses, midwives and other medical staff you encounter will provide exceptional care. However, mistakes can and do happen, and negligent medical care can cause potentially serious injuries to the mother.
Recent examples of successful birth injury claims that our solicitors have handled include:
- Perineal tears - third and fourth degree
- Wrongly performed episiotomies
- Mistakes in suturing tears or episiotomies
- Injuries to organs from caesarean sections or failing to recognise damage at the time
- Retained swabs
- Anaesthetic errors
- Errors in managing pre-eclampsia
If you’ve been injured when giving birth and you believe someone else’s negligence was at least partly to blame for what happened, you could have a claim for compensation.
For reliable legal advice on your specific circumstances and to find out if you could claim, please call our childbirth negligence solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9049. This line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whenever you need advice or the answer to a question, we’re here to help.
Birth injury to babies
When babies are injured by medical mistakes in labour or delivery, it's crucial to obtain the best possible legal advice as soon as possible. While some can be minor and relatively easy to recover from, these kinds of injuries can potentially be life-changing for both the baby and their family. Mistakes and negligence at this crucial time can cause serious conditions, long-term medical problems and can even endanger the life of the child.
Recent examples of birth injury claims that Slater and Gordon has successfully handled include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain injuries
- Fractures to the skull, legs, arm, shoulder and collarbone
- Cuts and scars
- Hip dysplasia
If your child was injured at birth and you believe a medical mistake was fully or partially to blame, it’s important to seek legal advice right away. Please don’t hesitate to call our highly experienced childbirth negligence solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9049 or contact us online to make an enquiry.
Interim payments, care and rehabilitation
Our nationwide network of legal experts can assist in investigating your claim, and we can help to ensure that seriously injured children receive the best care possible.
Childbirth negligence compensation claims are rarely as simple as securing a sum at the end of a case. The impact of medical negligence during birth on the mothers and babies involved, as well as their families, can be significant, long-lasting and complex.
To assist in easing the financial pressure involved in medical care and covering other medical costs, where possible our solicitors can obtain early part-payments of compensation, known as interim payments. This money can be essential when it comes to providing care or treatment at home, adapting homes and providing necessary rehabilitation aids and equipment.
Choose Slater and Gordon for compassionate, sensitive legal support
Our medical negligence solicitors know that pregnancy and birth injuries can be devastating. In some cases, they can cause severe disability and lifelong effects. With many years of experience in this specialist area of personal injury law, we understand the complex legal and medical issues involved in pursuing a childbirth negligence compensation claim.
Crucially, our lawyers know the importance of supporting you and your family through this most difficult time. We will be sensitive to your needs, compassionate in understanding the challenges you face and dedicated to fighting your case. In short, Slater and Gordon Lawyers ensure that you receive the best support possible.
No Win, No Fee pregnancy and birth injury claims
98% of the clinical and medical negligence claims handled at Slater and Gordon Lawyers are funded through a Conditional Fee Agreement, more commonly known as a No Win, No Fee agreement. This means you can pursue your claim without worrying about the financial risk, or about unexpected legal costs or bills.
There are also certain types of birth injury cases, such as cerebral palsy, where Legal Aid is available to fund your claim. When you contact us, our medical negligence specialists will explain the funding options available to you.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers is one of the UK's largest and best known personal injury law firms, with decades of experience in clinical and medical negligence cases of all kinds. Whatever your circumstances and wherever you’re based, we can help.
What’s more, many of the solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers are members of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the UK charity for patient safety and justice.