Midwife negligence claims

If there was a problem before or during your baby’s birth and you think the problem was caused by midwife negligence, you might have a claim for compensation.

Tim Deeming, Cambridge

Starting your midwife negligence claim

Midwives are normally the first port of call for pregnant women who are worried there might be a problem with their baby. Midwives are trained to recognise anything unusual during your pregnancy and labour. If there are any signs a potential problem, the midwife should involve a senior practitioner (such as a doctor). Women and their partners trust midwives to look after them, and their unborn child. Sadly, sometimes midwives make mistakes which can have devastating consequences.

Midwives are involved, and mistakes may happen, at every stage of a pregnancy. Examples of potential midwife negligence cases  include:

  • failing to notice a potential problem during pregnancy
  • turning women away from hospital/care units after they report potentially dangerous symptoms e.g. in cases of placental abruption or uterine rupture
  • failing to properly monitor the baby’s heart rate during labour and/or recognise that the baby is distressed. This can be particularly serious situation as it may delay delivery via caesarean section
  • lack of communication between midwives and parents, or between midwives and other healthcare professionals
  • failure to detect which stage of labour a mother is in, and offer appropriate care.

If you have any concerns about the care you, or your partner, received from a midwife and think it caused a problem, you might have a claim for compensation.

If you give birth in an NHS hospital or facility and make a claim for midwife negligence, your claim is against the hospital Trust. The Trust is ultimately responsible for your care. Your claim is not against the midwife personally. It is the Trust’s responsibility ensure your care is up to standard and that midwives have the resources, and training, to keep mothers and their babies safe. 

Our experience in midwife negligence cases 

Midwife negligence can have serious consequences for mother and child. The most severe cases can involve brain damage to babies and, tragically, stillbirth or the baby’s death shortly after birth. Even if the baby is healthy, negligence can cause birth injuries to mothers. Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and life-changing physical issues (such as incontinence) can seriously impact the mother’s life. Occasionally, the mother may die.  

Our leading birth injury claims solicitors have a great deal of experience helping parents through complex midwife negligence cases. We understand the practical, emotional and financial implications a serious birth injury can cause.

A successful claim can provide:

  • financial security for your child’s future and adult life
  • funding for current care requirements 
  • care for your child in your old age, or following your death
  • compensation for your loss of earnings
  • compensation for your pain and suffering
  • compensation for your loss of earnings
  • funding for specialist therapy, counselling and other care you might need
  • closure about what happened during your pregnancy and care, and even an apology from those responsible for your care.

Support for mothers and families affected by midwife negligence

If your birth injury claim is successful, you will receive a compensation award.  Part of the award may include an amount to cover your pain and suffering, if you suffered physical or psychological problems after the birth of your child.

The compensation is also there to make life easier, financially and practically, and ensure your child has as good a quality of life as possible. Part of the award may include a care package for life, including financial provision for your child’s care needs for the rest of their life.

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 birth injury claims

There are funding options available to help cover the cost of legal advice. The first is public funding – also called legal aid – which can cover all or some of your legal costs. Legal aid is normally only available in cases where a child has suffered a brain injury before, during or just after birth. It may be available if you are making a cerebral palsy claim on behalf of your child.  

Alternatively, in certain situations we may 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.

We will explain the options available after your free initial assessment.

Free initial assessment for a birth injury 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 birth injury claim

We’re here to listen and help you get the best for your child. Our medical negligence solicitors know just how devastating a birth injury 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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