Birth Injury Claims

If you or your baby have suffered preventable injury during childbirth then you may be able to claim compensation.

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Giving birth should be a joyous experience, but an injury can be upsetting and traumatic. Birth trauma can even cause anxiety and symptoms of PTSD.

What is a birth injury?

A birth injury is something that can happen to mother, baby or both.

Thankfully, most births go according to plan, but there are risks associated with:

  • Home birth
  • Midwife-led unit
  • Caesarean section
  • Standard delivery

According to the NHS, home birth is no riskier than hospital delivery.

If complications should arise during childbirth, both mother and baby may need higher levels of care and monitoring.

For example, brain injuries to the baby during delivery can result in cerebral palsy.  Forceps delivery has also been known to cause damage and birth defects.

Equally the mother may experience fissures, tears, secondary infection or post-delivery complications.

Why make a birth injury compensation claim?

If your injuries occurred because of a doctor or midwife’s incompetence, or the hospital facilities were below standard, then you need to raise this.

Compensation can also help during your recovery.  Whether it’s enough money to allow you time to recuperate fully, or perhaps give you precious moments with a new-born or seek specialist private treatment.

How can First4Lawyers help?

Our experts know the sensitivities of making claims like these.  Our advisors will listen to your situation and advise you of your options.  Our solicitors will support you through constructing a case to negotiating on your behalf. We also offer a No Win No Fee* service in England and Wales.

About No Win No Fee

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25% of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this but it will never be more. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

Compensation for a birth injury

Amounts awarded depend on the type and severity of the injury. Our compensation calculator gives an idea of personal injury amounts, but medical negligence is very much decided on an individual case basis.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

There is usually a three-year period, from the date of injury or knowledge of an injury or condition. However, medical negligence can vary, depending on the individual circumstances such as whether the injured is a child, whether mental capacity is impaired, and also the dates on which you got a diagnosis of a resulting condition.

We’ll be able to advise you further on this.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

You should now get in touch with us for a free consultation.  We’ll discuss your situation and what has happened, before advising you of your next steps.

We never pressure you and you are under no obligation – we are here to help.

Meet the expert

Meet Jax
Jacqueline Batty

Jacqueline Batty

Head of Claims

Jacqueline is our head of claims.
She is a qualified solicitor and has practised as a specialist in personal injury cases. A recent addition to our team, Jacqueline has moved to a managerial and coaching role with us, where she is keen to continue the team's training and development to ensure every customer continues to get a first class service.

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