Childbirth negligence claims
When medical mistakes are made during childbirth, it can be lead to devastating consequences. If you or your child has been injured during childbirth as a result of medical negligence, Slater and Gordon’s specialist legal experts can help get the compensation you deserve.
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When does childbirth become a medical negligence claim?
Expectant mothers can often feel extremely cautious and vulnerable during both pregnancy and childbirth. It’s during these times that you put your trust in the medical professionals caring for you.
If medical professionals fail to diagnose or treat your symptoms properly or make a mistake, you may be entitled to claim compensation due to medical negligence.
What are the most common causes and types of birth injuries
There are different scenarios which can lead to a birth injury such as:
Birth injuries to the mother
- 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
Birth injuries to the child
How do I manage financially before a case has settled?
are payments which are made before your case reaches a final conclusion. They can be extremely useful for those who've experienced a birth injury as they can pay for private medical treatments, rehabilitation support and equipment, as well as providing financial support if you’ve suffered a loss of earnings.
How much does it cost to make a childbirth injury claim?
The majority of our childbirth injury negligence claims are funded by a Conditional Fee Agreement, otherwise known as a No Win No Fee agreement. This means if you lose your case, you will not have to pay any fees and therefore, there’s no financial risk to you.
Where a child has suffered from a neurological injury at birth or within the early neonatal period, Slater and Gordon are able to offer legal aid funding. It's important to note that not all law firms are able to offer legal aid. For further information, about funding, read our .
How much can I claim for childbirth injury negligence?
Every case of childbirth injury negligence is different, and the final amount of compensation awarded will be based on the severity of the injury and the effect the injury has had on your life.
We’ll also ensure that any compensation claim includes the cost of everything necessary to provide you with the best quality of life possible in the future, such as future care costs, future treatment and future loss of earnings.
How much time do I have to claim?
If you believe you have a claim, it’s important that you seek advice from a lawyer who specialises in medical negligence cases as soon as possible, as there are time limits in place in England, Scotland and Wales.
Generally, a claim should be made within three years from the date the negligence occurred or the date you were first aware that you had suffered a significant injury or illness due to negligence. However, there are exceptions.
Why choose Slater and Gordon?
Not only do we have many years' experience securing compensation for childbirth negligence, we also have the utmost sensitivity to handle your case with great care.
Crucially, our lawyers know the importance of supporting you and your family through this most difficult time. We’ll be sensitive to your needs, compassionate in understanding the challenges you face and dedicated to fighting your case.
As well as lawyers who are experts in the field of medical negligence, we also have trained nurses and midwives on our team. We offer home and hospital visits and provide immediate representation and rehabilitation support.
"My daughter died at birth due to lack of oxygen and hospital mistakes"
I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything Slater and Gordon have done to fight this case for us. I appreciate it has involved a lot of people. Please can you also thank the expert witnesses who have provided their expertise and help. Mr and Mrs H (medical negligence client)
I cannot recommend Slater and Gordon enough, throughout the entire period of the case, all the staff have been both very professional, and supportive. Mr Q (medical negligence client)
Kept informed regularly as to how my claim was going, prompt replies to any questions I had, excellent customer service at all times. Excellent service from all staff that have been involved in my claim. Ms S (medical negligence client)