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Maternity and Pregnancy Negligence Claims

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Peter Rigby - Director of Medical Negligence | Last updated on: 18th June, 2024

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During pregnancy and postnatal care, mothers and babies rely on medical professionals to provide them with the necessary care they need. If this level of care falls below the expected standard, it can have adverse consequences and be devastating for families. 

If you have received any care that falls below the accepted standard of care during your pregnancy or postnatally and you have suffered because of this negligence, you may be able to make a maternity claim. If you believe you have suffered any type of pregnancy or maternity negligence, get in touch with us and at Patient Claim Line we can assess your case and support you with getting the compensation you deserve.


What Is Maternity Negligence?


Maternity negligence refers to situations where medical professionals, such as midwives, fail to provide the level of expected care during a pregnancy or postnatal period. This negligence can result in harm or injury to the mother, baby, or both. Medical negligence can lead to serious consequences for patients including physical injury, long-term health conditions, and emotional distress. Anyone who has experienced maternity negligence and has suffered as a result may be able to make a maternity negligence claim. 

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How To Claim For Maternity Negligence


If you believe that you or your baby has suffered during your pregnancy because of maternity negligence, you may be able to make a maternity claim and receive compensation for your suffering. To see if you have a claim, you should always seek legal advice and consult with a solicitor who specialises in medical negligence claims. They will be able to assess your case and guide you through the claims process. This will involve gathering evidence such as medical records, witness statements and prenatal and postnatal care documents, all of these will help to prove that maternity negligence has occurred so that you can submit your maternity claim and negotiate your compensation settlement. 

If you would like to make a maternity negligence claim, fill in our claim form or call us on 0330 107 5311 and our expert maternity negligence solicitors can assess your case for you free of charge to see if you have a maternity claim. 

Types Of Maternity And Pregnancy Claims


Pregnancy care should always be of the highest standard, not only for the baby’s health but also for the health of the mother. If you feel that you have been treated poorly and your health, or the health of the baby was affected, you may be able to make a claim. Types of maternity and pregnancy claims can include: 

  • Diseases or infections caused by negligence during pregnancy 
  • Inadequate scans and examination of the baby during pregnancy 
  • Failure to identify problems during pregnancy, resulting in avoidable injury
  • Negligence that has lead to miscarriage 
  • A lack of regular tests and check ups to monitor yours and the baby’s health 
  • Failure to treat symptoms in a timely manner 
  • Test results being incorrectly diagnosed 
  • Postnatal care negligence including failure to address postnatal infections

Statistics Surrounding Maternity Negligence 


Maternity negligence and avoidable errors surrounding pregnancy unfortunately do still occur despite the NHS’ best efforts to provide the safest healthcare possible. 

The most recent NHS Annual Report detailed that maternity claims accounted for £44,965 million (65%) of the 2022/23 clinical negligence provision. This is a decrease from the previous report, where £90,053 million (70%) was recorded in 2021/22. 

To learn more about the prevalence of maternity negligence in the NHS Annual Reports, you can read more about the data in our blog: What Does The NHS Report Say About Maternity Negligence? 

How Patient Claim Line Can Help With Your Maternity Negligence Claim


At Patient Claim Line, we understand how devastating it can be if you have suffered from maternity negligence and we pride ourselves on the support our expert solicitors give. We will provide you with everything you need to make a successful maternity negligence claim and support you throughout the whole process. 

With over 100 lawyers and over 30 years of experience, our legal team are highly experienced and focus solely on medical negligence claims. Our team will fight to get you the compensation you deserve on a no win no fee basis, meaning there are no upfront payments and it will cost you nothing to see if you could make a maternity negligence claim, so contact us today to see how we can help you. 

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Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Maternity and Pregnancy Negligence Claim?

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Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in medical negligence and misdiagnosis claims.

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with a combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.

It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.

Frequently asked questions about Maternity and Pregnancy Negligence Claims

Our Expert Legal Team Answers Your Questions About Making A Maternity and Pregnancy Negligence Claim

Generally, when making a maternity negligence claim, you have three years from when the negligence occurred to make a claim. However, if the maternity negligence claim affected your child, you have up until their 18th birthday to make a claim. If you are looking to make a maternity negligence claim, we recommend contacting us as soon as possible so that you can easily gather all of the necessary evidence to prove that negligence occurred.

When making a maternity or pregnancy negligence claim, there is no set amount of compensation as every case is different. Our solicitors will work to get you the compensation you deserve based on the circumstances of the case. This will include covering any financial losses and compensation for physical injury and emotional distress that may have been caused due to the negligence.

Maternity negligence is due to a medical professional not doing their job correctly and not providing adequate care. You can claim compensation if you suffered from negligent care at any stage of your pregnancy and you could make a claim against a hospital, trust or individual doctor. When assessing your case, our medical negligence team will provide you with legal expertise to find out how and when the negligence occurred.

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