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If you or your child have been injured before, during or after labour, due to care standards not being met by your medical team, then you may be entitled to claim compensation. At Ramsdens, we understand that money cannot make up for the pain and suffering caused by a birth injury or trauma, but it can help to provide for unexpected expenses that have arisen due to the incident.
If you would like to claim compensation for a birth injury to either baby or mother, talk to one of our expert solicitors by calling 01484 821 500 or fill out an online enquiry form, and we will be in touch at a convenient time for you.
When you first contact us, we will hold an initial consultation to understand the unique details of your birth injury situation. We want to understand how the injury has affected you and your child, and may need to discuss some difficult topics. Once we have a clear understanding of your circumstances, we will be able to help you understand what you can expect going forward, including your chances of success and how much compensation you may be able to claim.
Our medical negligence claims solicitors are experts in their field. We will guide you through the entire process of making a birth injury compensation claim, providing advice on important decisions you need to make so you can stay informed, while avoiding any confusing legal language along the way.
We handle all of our birth injury claims on a no win, no fee basis, meaning you’re at minimal risk when deciding to claim with us.
To pursue a birth injury compensation claim, you’ll need to gather and provide comprehensive evidence that demonstrates clinical negligence, how it led to a birth injury, and how this has affected you or a loved one. We will help you to acquire and compile this. Here are some key types of evidence you will need:
Medical records: obtain all relevant medical records for both the mother and the child. These should include antenatal records, delivery notes and postnatal records.
Expert opinions: consult with medical experts who can provide an independent assessment of the injuries sustained. Their reports can offer invaluable insights into whether standards of care were breached.
Witness statements: collect statements from anyone who was present during the birth, such as family members or friends. Their accounts can help corroborate your claim.
Photographic evidence: If possible, photographs of the injuries can serve as compelling visual evidence.
Timeline of events: create a detailed timeline that outlines all the events leading up to, during and after the birth. This can help establish the sequence of events and identify any lapses in care.
Financial documents: keep records of all expenses incurred due to the injury, including medical bills, travel costs to medical appointments and any special equipment or care required.
Correspondence: maintain copies of all communications with healthcare providers, including emails and letters, as these can sometimes reveal inconsistencies or admissions of fault.
Legal advice: consult a solicitor experienced in clinical negligence claims, who can guide you through the legal process and help you compile a robust case.
The amount of compensation you can claim for a birth injury varies depending on the severity of the injury, its long-term impact and other factors. Compensation is generally divided into two categories:
It's difficult to provide an exact figure without assessing the specifics of your case. However, compensation can range from thousands to millions of pounds, especially in severe cases involving long-term disability or care needs. Consulting a solicitor experienced in clinical negligence claims can provide you with a more accurate estimate tailored to your circumstances.
Birth injury cases are always unique, and the amount of compensation awarded will depend on various factors, including the quality of evidence presented and the expertise of your legal representation.
You could claim compensation for a number of birth injuries that result from medical negligence. The claim can be made on behalf of the child, or by the parents or legal guardians. In some instances, extended family members may also be eligible to claim, particularly if they have become the primary caregivers due to the severity of the injury.
Our birth injury solicitors have helped many mothers and children who have been injured before, during or after childbirth, due to mistakes by doctors and other medical staff. These include:
If you believe that clinical negligence has led to injuries or complications for either the mother or the child during childbirth, you may be entitled to claim birth injury compensation. To establish a successful claim, you'll need to prove that the healthcare provider owed you a duty of care, that this duty was breached, and that the breach directly resulted in the injury, this is something that we will help you to achieve.
Mistakes made by medical professionals during your pregnancy or birth could have serious implications on your life, as well as your child’s life. Areas in which medical negligence related to birth injuries commonly take place include:
Claiming compensation for a birth injury often happens after incidents that have taken place in a hospital. However, negligence is not restricted to this environment and can take place in a number of settings - including at home and in birth centres. Birth centres are small maternity units that aim to provide a more personal, less clinical environment for expectant mothers who wish to give birth without medical intervention. These centres are usually staffed by midwives, and aim to promote calmness, helping pregnant women to feel more in control of their birth experience.However, birth centres are not without risks, and there is a chance that something could go wrong, particularly if a medical professional acts negligently.
A mother can sustain a number of injuries during childbirth that are often caused by the negligence of a medical professional. Some common injuries include:
Birth injuries can occur for a variety of reasons, many of which may be due to clinical negligence. Some common causes include:
Improper use of medical equipment: incorrect use of forceps, vacuum extractors or other medical tools can cause injury to the mother or baby.
Delayed C-section: a failure to timely perform a caesarean section when necessary can result in oxygen deprivation and subsequent injury.
Inadequate monitoring: failure to properly monitor the foetal heartbeat and other vital signs can lead to delayed intervention and injury.
Medication errors: incorrect dosage or type of medication administered to the mother or baby can result in complications.
Failure to diagnose conditions: conditions like gestational diabetes or preeclampsia, if undiagnosed or improperly managed, can lead to birth injuries.
Inadequate staffing or training: lack of sufficient or adequately trained medical staff during delivery can result in errors and negligence.
Communication failures: poor communication between healthcare providers can lead to mistakes, such as administering the wrong treatment or failing to act promptly.
Even if you do not see your injury or cause listed above, get in touch with our birth injury solicitors as soon as possible and we will help you to make sense of your situation.
The general rule is that you have three years from the date of the injury or from the date you became aware of the negligence to make a claim. However, there are some exceptions:
Claims on behalf of a child: if the claim is being made for a child, the three-year limitation period doesn't start until the child's 18th birthday. After this, the child has until the age of 21 to bring their own claim.
Claims for those lacking mental capacity: if the injured party lacks the mental capacity to make a claim, there may be no time limit, unless they regain mental capacity, in which case the three-year rule applies from that point.
Fatal cases: if you are making a claim on behalf of someone who has died due to a birth injury, you will have three years from the date of death, or the date that it became clear the death was due to the birth injury.
Make sure to speak to a solicitor as soon as possible if you are considering making a birth injury claim. The process of gathering evidence can be time-consuming, and the sooner you start, the better your chances of building a strong case.
At Ramsdens, we offer a no win, no fee arrangement to the majority of our clinical negligence clients. This means you will not have to pay any legal fees upfront, and you will only be charged if your claim is successful.
This arrangement, formally known as a conditional fee agreement (CFA), allows you to pursue a claim without the financial risk of paying for legal services yourself. If your claim is successful, the legal fees are typically recovered from the compensation awarded, or from the opposing party. It is essential to discuss the terms and conditions of the CFA with your solicitor to fully understand your financial obligations.
When accidents occur during pregnancy or birth, the consequences are often long-lasting and can be incredibly traumatic for both mother and baby. At Ramsdens, our team of legal specialists has decades of experience in helping families who have been affected by medical negligence, and will be with you every step of the way throughout the claims process. We provide expert legal support to clients across various areas of Yorkshire and employ a deep understanding of this area of law to secure compensation for those who deserve it.
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