Traumatic birth compensation claims

If you suffered a traumatic experience during childbirth which has led to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you might have a claim for compensation if it was due to medical negligence.

Sophie Stuart, Cambridge
Sophie Stuart, medical negligence specialist in Cambridge

Starting your claim for traumatic birth compensation  

Every mother’s experience and perception of childbirth is unique. There is no ‘normal’. Sometimes labour is not routine and the labour or delivery may be traumatic. Traumatic experiences during childbirth can be both physically and psychologically damaging for the mother. 

PTSD after birth can be absolutely devastating. Possible symptoms can include: difficulty bonding with your baby, a fear of having another baby and feelings of inadequacy or failure. Mothers with postnatal PTSD may experience flashbacks of the birth, or may be unable to remember parts of it.

You might have a claim for compensation if, as a result of negligence, you experienced trauma during childbirth which caused (or contributed to) you suffering PTSD.

Examples of potentially negligent care include:

  • failure to obtain the mother’s consent for medical interventions (e.g. forceps, ventouse) or explain the risks of such procedures
  • failures in care leading to the mother or baby suffering a physical birth injury
  • failures in care leading to stillbirth or neonatal death.

PTSD after stillbirth  or neonatal death

Tragically, some babies are stillborn or die a few days after birth because medical staff make mistakes. Losing a child is the worst thing any parent can go through. In medical negligence cases, there is an added sense that the child’s death could have been avoided with better care. Lots of parents just want answers about what happened during their care, and support to help them come to terms with the loss of their child.

Parents are particularly at risk of PTSD after birth if they suffered a stillbirth or neonatal death. If this happened to you, it’s important that you get all the support you need.

A medical negligence solicitor is on your side to help you through the process. At Tees, we can help you find out what happened during your child’s birth and get the support you need to move forwards.

Our experience in PTSD after birth cases

Traumatic birth experiences can be life changing. A claim is about securing the best possible care and treatment to help you move forwards.

We understand it can be difficult to speak openly about how you’re feeling – particularly after the birth of your child, a time associated with great happiness. However, postnatal PTSD is a health problem just like any physical health issue, and parents suffering from PTSD need treatment and support to get better.

Our leading birth injury claims solicitors have a great deal of experience helping traumatised parents worried about how their condition might impact their ability to work, or care for their children, to see a future. We understand the practical, emotional and financial implications of PTSD.

A successful claim can provide:

  • therapy and support to help you process the situation
  • closure about what happening during your pregnancy and care, and even an apology from those responsible for your care
  • compensation for your pain and suffering
  • compensation for your loss of earnings (if any).

Support for parents with PTSD after birth

If your claim is successful, you will receive a compensation award. Part of the award may include an amount to cover your pain and suffering. The compensation is also there to make life easier, financially and practically, and help you recover.

Expert, local medical negligence solicitors

Tees is a top-tier Legal 500 Medical Negligence firm.  We are one of the longest-standing and most highly respected claimant medical negligence practices in the region, and we work with only the best independent medical experts.

All of our Team are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and a number of our solicitors sit on specialist panels for the Law Society and AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents).  We are also a member of Headway (the brain injury association), and listed on their Head Injury Solicitors List and are approved by UK ABIF (the UK Brain Injury Forum).

Tees has offices across East Anglia, and we regularly represent clients from across the country due to our expertise and the specialised nature of medical negligence claims.

No Win, No Fee claims

In most cases, we can offer a conditional fee agreement (also known as a ‘No Win, No Fee Agreement’) and insurance. It means you can pursue the case without having to worry about paying any legal costs and if the case is not successful, there is nothing to pay.  If you win the case, most of the costs will be paid by the Defendant.

There are other potential ways of paying for the case, including and legal expenses insurance. We will explain the options available after your free initial assessment.  t.

Free initial assessment for a PTSD after birth claim

One of our leading medical negligence solicitors will assess your case free of charge. A solicitor has the expertise and experience to listen to what’s happened, and can advise as to whether you have a claim.

How to start your PTSD after birth claim

We’re here to listen and help you get the best for you and your family. Our medical negligence solicitors know just how devastating PTSD can be, and we’re here to help you get the best result possible – including financial compensation, support and an explanation about what happened during your care. 

Call our Medical Negligence solicitors on 0800 0131165

For a free, confidential, no obligation chat, or fill out our enquiry form and we will let you know how we can help.

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