Pregnancy & Birth
Childbirth is an emotional time for every mother, and is often expected to be one of the happiest moments of a woman’s life. However, if medical negligence occurs, this can all be taken away.
During what can already be a difficult period, mistakes being made during yours or your child’s care can add extra pressure and worry that you don’t need. In many cases, substandard treatment from a healthcare professional can lead to catastrophic consequences and distress for you and your loved ones. That’s why at Fletchers Solicitors, our team of specialist medical negligence experts will do everything we can to support and guide you through the claims process with professionalism and empathy.
We have over 400 years’ combined experience in dealing with medical negligence and birth injury cases, so you can rest assured that we will bring the best and most experienced legal minds to your case.
What is a birth injury compensation claim?
A birth injury claim is brought when a mother and/or baby has been harmed due to mistakes made by a medical practitioner around the time of birth. This covers a broad range of circumstances that don’t necessarily just occur during childbirth. Any medical procedures around the time of birth should be treated with the utmost caution, as not only one life is at risk, but two.
Whether you’ve experienced a wrongful birth due to failed sterilisation, or you or your child has been injured before, during, or after birth in a preventable circumstance, you may deserve compensation. If something goes wrong around the time of birth, the effects can be extremely distressing – especially if the mistake could have been avoided.
Fletchers Solicitors is one of the leading medical negligence practices in the country, meaning that your case will be handled by experienced solicitors in this complex area of medicine. We believe that everybody who has suffered from medical negligence deserves justice, which is why we act on a no win, no fee basis, meaning all expenses are covered and you will pay nothing upfront.
Different types of birth injury compensation claims
Birth injury negligence encompasses a wide variety of claim types which involve interference or damage related to childbirth, including:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Hypoglycaemia of the newborn
- Erbs Palsy
- Pre eclampsia
- Klumpke’s Palsy
- Intrauterine growth restriction
- Placental abruption
- Placenta previa
- Wrongful birth (failed sterilisation)
Is there a time limit on making a birth injury compensation claim?
A birth injury claim can be made up to three years from the “date of knowledge”, which means the date that you became aware that you had suffered due to negligible treatment from a healthcare professional. Often, patients find out that a mistake has happened instantly but sometimes it can be a matter of months, or even years before this becomes clear.
If the claim relates to a child under the age of 18, you can make a claim on their behalf any time before their 18th birthday. A person under age 18 has a three year period to bring a claim, beginning on the day of their 18th birthday. If you’d like to claim on behalf
of a child who has passed away due to a birth injury, you have three years since the date of passing.
In cases where the person who suffered from medical negligence does not have the mental capacity to recognise the mistake and move forward with the claim, there is no time limit.