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Injury to mothers during childbirth

Giving birth is a very special time in any woman’s life and in the majority of cases everything goes well, or there are only minor complications. However, some women do suffer significant maternal injuries during childbirth, either as part of a natural birth or through a c-section, which could have been avoided had there not been negligent care by the midwives or obstetrician.

There can be a large number of complications during childbirth which can cause injury to the mother and if you feel that you were unnecessarily injured during the delivery of your child, it is important to seek advice from a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

The Clinical Negligence Team have dealt with many such cases and can advise you as to whether there is a claim to be brought.

How we can help

If you believe that you have a case please contact us via our freephone number or by filing in our request a call back form. We will ensure that you get to speak quickly and directly to one of our dedicated team who can advise you on your options, free of charge.

After you first make contact, we will then:

– Provide an analysis of your potential case

– Advise whether you should pursue it further

– Explore ways of funding your case with you if we believe you have a case

If you have been injured during childbirth you may still be in some pain and are likely to be confused about what happened and why. These injuries can leave you with not only physical injuries but also psychological trauma. Our specialist solicitors take care to get to know you and to provide calm and clear advice at this difficult time.

Why choose us?

  • A Top Tier law firm - officially ranked as a leader in clinical negligence work
  • Over 30 years Relevant experience - accredited & specialist birth injury solicitors
  • High level of support & guidance - available out of hours & for home visits across England and Wales
  • Over £32m in compensation won in 2016 - over £32 million won for clients in the year to November 2016
  • Well established (Est. 1873) - we’re brought to you by leading law firm, Royds Withy King
  • Putting you first - we make sure to understand your case fully to achieve the best possible outcome
  • When might I have a claim?

    All expectant mothers are entitled to good quality antenatal care and the midwives and doctors caring for you should look out for any signs which could lead to a birth injury. Sadly, not all midwives and doctors take these precautions to reduce the risk of injury to mothers.

    Our specialist medical negligence team have experience of dealing with all types of injuries as a result of childbirth, and take the time to listen to what has happened to you and to provide free initial advice as to whether you can pursue a claim for compensation for your injuries.

    The scenarios which can lead to a medical negligence claim include;

    – A failure to offer caesarean section in certain situations

    There are situations in which it is necessary for the doctor to advise a mother of certain risks she may face in undergoing a vaginal delivery. Sometimes these risks are not explained to an expectant mother, which leads to a more traumatic birth and a mother suffering injury such as a perineal tear, or haemorrhage.

    We also see cases where a perineal tear has occurred which was unavoidable, but there has been a delay in diagnosing and treating that perineal tear, causing a worse outcome for the mother.

    Sadly, when these types of injuries occur they can mean that mothers experience pain, incontinence of faeces and an inability to control flatus. These symptoms are often devastating for mothers and impact on many aspects of their day to day lives.

    – Stillbirth

    Not all stillbirths are preventable, but our specialist medical negligence team have represented mothers where sadly, they did not receive the check-ups or treatment during pregnancy that can help detect problems to keep baby’s alive and healthy. Such cases are extremely traumatic for families and we understand that it is difficult for families to relive such a traumatic event which is why we work closely with families to try and make pursuing the case as easy as possible. While no compensation can bring a lost child back we work with families to recover the cost of therapy, loss of earnings and other related expenses that have arisen due to their loss.

    – Wrongful birth

    Wrongful birth is a legal term that refers to the birth of a child who would not have been born without negligent treatment. A wrongful birth case can be brought by parents when there has been either:

    1. a failed sterilisation/vasectomy; or

    2. a failure to warn about a specific disability

    A wrongful birth claim following a failed sterilisation/vasectomy can lead to compensation for physical and emotional pain, distress of an unwanted pregnancy and labour, and any additional re-sterilisation procedure. It is not, however, possible to receive compensation for the loss of bringing up a healthy child born as a result of failed sterilisation.

    Where parents have not been warned that a child would be born with specific disability, and if they had been warned, they decided to terminate the pregnancy, they can pursue a claim for wrongful birth. The parents can pursue a case for the compensation for the costs associated with the child’s disability.

    There are many other scenarios that can give rise to a medical negligence claim during childbirth. If you believe you may have suffered an injury following childbirth, get in touch with one of our specialists who will be happy to offer you a free consultation on whether you have a claim.

  • How much might a claim for injury during childbirth be worth?

    The amount of compensation you receive is very specific to the facts of your case.

    The types of compensation we will look to recover for you will not only relate to the physical pain and suffering experienced but any ongoing therapy, treatment or surgery required.

    We will consider with you whether your injury has lead to you requiring care from friends or family and whether you will require further care in the future, and will also consider any loss of earnings you may have incurred or whether you would benefit from any specialist equipment.

  • How long does a claim take?

    The time taken to conclude a maternal injury case often depends upon the approach taken by the Defendant Trust and whether they make early admissions of negligence or pursue the case through court.

    It is also important that while working with a team of experts, we are able to get a clear understanding of your prognosis and how the injury is likely to impact upon you for the rest of your life before trying to negotiate a settlement of your case. For these reasons, the time taken to reach a settlement of a case can vary from case to case. That said, it is often possible to conclude these types of cases within one to three years of investigation.

  • How can a claim be paid for?

    For these types of cases there are usually two ways to fund a claim. The most common one is when we enter into a “no win no fee” agreement which is also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Alternatively, you might have a legal expense insurance policy that you could use, even if you might not know you have it.

    Our team will discuss your possible case with you and the main thing to note is that if your case is viable, we can always find a way to fund it, and we will chose the way that best meets your needs.

  • What if my child is also injured, can you help?

    Yes. It is very common for our specialist team to represent both a mother and baby who have both been injured due to the circumstances of the birth.

    We have a specialist team of birth injury solicitors and we will consider whether there may be a potential claim for both you and your baby at the outset of our investigations.

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