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Birth injury compensation claims solicitors
Becoming a new parent can be an exciting, as well as a stressful time in your life. Unfortunately, sometimes when giving birth, not everything goes to plan. At Stephensons, we can offer you the support and advice you need.
The birth of a child is an extremely important and unforgettable time for a family, particularly for the parents. Unfortunately, if things go wrong during pregnancy or labour, the effects can be catastrophic for both mother and baby. If either suffers a birth injury as a result of medical negligence, it may be possible to start a claim with our birth injury lawyers.
At Stephensons, our solicitors have extensive experience of handling birth injury compensation and negligence during pregnancy claims, with particular expertise in cerebral palsy claims. In some cases, our clients have very severe disabilities needing 24-hour care because of their birth injuries. Our successful birth injury claims cases have recovered millions of pounds in compensation for our clients, which has been used to cover care, accommodation, aids and equipment as well as provide financial compensation for the actual injury.
If you would like to discuss a birth injury claim please call our specialist solicitors on 01616 966 229 for free initial guidance on your options or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you directly.
What is a birth injury compensation claim?
Birth injuries due to negligence can occur to either the baby or the mother. If the baby has suffered a lack of oxygen, fractures, hip dysplasia, or permanent scarring due to issues during birth it may be possible to claim compensation. Seeking the help of an experienced birth injury solicitor gives you a greater chance of receiving the compensation you deserve.
Fortunately, many of these issues are minor and many babies go on to fully recover from their birth injuries. However, this is not always the case, some birth injuries can leave babies with lifelong disabilities or can lead to a baby being stillborn. If your child requires specific and serious medical attention as a result of a birth injury, this may cause you both emotional and financial stress, which means you could attempt to claim compensation.
The vast majority of births go well, and in most cases, you will receive exceptional care from doctors and midwives. However, there are times when mistakes are made, and these mistakes can result in serious injuries to the mother and can even result in a fatality. Birth injuries to the mother can include:
- Perineal tears which are not repaired correctly
- Organ injuries due to caesarean section
- Anaesthetic errors
- Mismanagement of pre-eclampsia
- Haemorrhage mismanagement
If you think you have suffered an injury, like the ones mentioned above, and you think it might be partially, or wholly, due to medical negligence, then you could be entitled to claim compensation. At Stephensons, we can bring birth injury claims against both private medical establishments and the NHS. If you, your loved one or your child has suffered a birth injury malpractice, then contact our birth injury lawyers today on 01616 966 229.
How to make a birth injury compensation claim?
If you believe that you or a loved one have been affected by a birth injury caused by negligence it’s important that you receive the compensation that you are eligible for. With the help of a skilled legal team, you can seek advice and support regarding your claim, so that you can devise a strategy that works for you and your family.
Here at Stephensons, our expert birth injury solicitors are equipped to offer you guidance on your claim and understand your unique situation, approaching it with sensitivity and care that it needs. We have managed to successfully assist a variety of clients, with birth injury cases concerning both mother and baby, advising them on the best ways to receive the compensation they need. So, if you are interested in finding out how Stephensons could help you to win your claim and give you peace of mind, why not contact our birth injury claims team today.
Birth negligence - areas of specialism
At Stephensons, when it comes to birth injuries, we specialise in a number of areas, such as:
As you can imagine, there are many different ways in which a mother or child can be injured during birth, meaning there are also many different specific areas of specialism when it comes to birth injury compensation claims. At Stephensons, when it comes to birth injuries, we specialise in a number of areas, so you know that we are able to fully understand your case and support you through what can be a difficult time.
Our birth injury solicitors are able to support you confidently and properly whatever you might be going through, including:
- Cerebral palsy claims (disability caused by damage to the brain before or at birth)
- Erb's palsy (damage to the nerves in a baby’s upper arm)
- Failure to diagnose and treat neonatal conditions
- Negligence during pregnancy
- Negligence during birth
Pregnancy negligence claims
Pregnancy can be both an exciting and anxious time. While many will receive a high standard of care, sadly there are times when a pregnancy can be mishandled by a medical practitioner, such as a obstetrician, midwife or doctor. Our pregnancy negligence claims solicitors may be able to help if you have suffered from the following issues:
- Fertility or IVF negligence
- Failed sterilisation
- Stillbirth or neonatal death
- Ectopic pregnancy negligence
Our expert pregnancy negligence lawyers can help with pregnancy negligence cases as well as midwife negligence claims, whether you’ve undergone treatment from the NHS or through a private medical facility. Contact our pregnancy negligence claims solicitors today on 01616 966 229.
Birth injury claims FAQs
What is a birth injury?
A birth injury is when the mother or baby suffers a physical injury before, during or after birth. It can also be known as birth trauma. This can happen for a number of reasons and is not always due to medical negligence, however, sometimes, mistakes or poor care can result in birth injuries. For more information and statistics on birth injuries, click here.
How much compensation for a birth injury?
How much compensation you or your family can expect for a birth injury will depend on the severity of the injury and the complications that have arisen. If a birth injury has resulted in a severe disability, such as cerebral palsy, and your child may need lifelong care, it may be possible to get a six or seven-figure compensation pay-out.
If you find yourself in a situation where you may have been victim of medical negligence or, leading to some kind of birth injury to you or your child, our expert birth injury solicitors at Stephensons will be able to help determine how much compensation you are likely to get for a successful claim with your specific circumstances.
What can birth injury compensation pay for?
Compensation for a birth injury can pay for a number of things that relate to the needs of the injured person, including future treatment, medical equipment, adaptations to your home and vehicle, travel expenses, loss of earnings, occupational therapy, physiotherapy as well as paying for private care for your child.
Depending on the circumstances of the birth injury and its severity, what you require the compensation for can vary. In some cases, it may not just be medical expenses, but might also be the emotional trauma and stress caused by the birth injury. What the compensation will need to cover will depend on your unique situation, which is something that you can outline and explain to your legal team when you are deciding how to approach the claim.
Can I claim for a loved one who died due to a birth injury?
If your loved one has died as a result of a birth injury that was due to clinical negligence, it may be possible to claim compensation. This compensation can be for funeral costs, bereavement damages, dependency claims, counselling, as well as the emotional trauma of losing a loved one unexpectedly as a result of negligence.
Our expert birth injury solicitors at Stephensons, can help you with recovering compensation, represent you at your loved one’s inquest and we may also be able to help you get access to a statutory bereavement award. So, if you have lost a loved one due to a birth injury, why not contact our legal team today and we can make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
How to start birth negligence claims?
The best way to start your childbirth negligence claim is to contact one of our expert birth injury solicitors or pregnancy negligence solicitors. You can call us on 01616 966 229 and we can offer you free initial guidance on your options to determine if you have a claim. Once we have established that you have a viable case, we will set about getting in touch with the relevant parties and amassing the evidence needed.
We often work on a no-win, no fee basis, so you don't have to worry about how you will pay for our legal expertise. You may also be eligible for legal aid and Stephensons are one of the few firms who are able to offer this form of funding to investigate your medical negligence claim.
Support & information - birth injury
Child Brain Injury Trust - provides emotional and practical support to the families of children who have suffered a brain injury.
Sands - supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby.
MedEquip4Kids - help in accessing specialist equipment for children living with disabilities.
Why choose Stephensons?
Our firm is experienced dealing with many different types of compensation claims, including birth injury compensation claims. Our lawyers are trained to approach each case with the sensitivity and care that it deserves, understanding that this can be a very difficult time for many people who go through this kind of traumatic experience. We can also make sure that get the support you need, whatever it is you require to help you move past this unfortunate set of circumstances. Having successfully helped many clients, we have built up trust and respect, meaning that they keep returning to seek our expert advice time and time again.
So, why not contact our team today on 01616 966 229 and find out how we can best help you. We have a number of locations across the country boasting a fine selection of talented birth injury solicitors, including Manchester, London, Warrington, St Helens, Wigan, and Bolton.
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