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When contemplating pregnancy, the least enjoyable part of it all for most women will be the delivery. It is therefore understandable that the delivery is met with a large amount of trepidation and in some situations, it may not be possible to have a natural birth – even though it may not have been planned that way.
An assisted birth may have to be carried out whereby additional tools are used by the doctor to aid in the process. We entrust doctors to deliver our babies safely and quickly. If you feel that a doctor, midwife or nurse has been negligent to you or your baby in an assisted delivery, you may be able to make a medical negligence claim for birth injuries.
You may be able to claim in the event of:
- Preventable injuries to the baby or mother during delivery
- Preventable injuries caused by either the forceps or Ventouse method
- Damage to the perineum such as cuts and tears
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Damage to the perineum such as cuts and tears
Damage to the perineum, including cuts and tears can be incredibly painful. Women who have experienced this may find it difficult to walk or even sit. Also, severe tears may even cause persistent bleeding or lead to further infection. When this injury occurs as a result of negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
Preventable injuries to mother
As reputable, trusted medical negligence lawyers, we take preventable injuries to mother during childbirth very seriously.
If your assisted delivery claim is accepted, not only will our dedicated team take control of the paperwork, we’ll make sure we’re only a visit or a phone call away.
Forceps delivery claim
During delivery, sometimes forceps are used during to ease a baby’s head. Forceps are smooth metal instruments designed to fit precisely around a baby’s head and are should be used to assist the birth.
But when used negligently, these injuries can have a lasting impact on you and your baby. Negligent forceps deliveries can cause long term problems that could otherwise have been prevented.
Ventouse delivery claim
Ventouse, or a vacuum cup, delivery can also cause injuries during childbirth when used negligently. You may be entitled to claim compensation if you have been a victim of negligent use of these tools.
The ventouse (vacuum cup) can be carefully attached to the baby’s head by suction. However, if there is evidence to suggest this was not carried out with a duty of care, we want to know.
Our legal team are specialists in medical negligence and will do everything they can to progress a claim for you. We will be able to assess quickly and fairly whether we believe you have a claim, leaving you time to rest and recover.
Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Assisted Delivery Error Claim?
Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts
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 Assisted Delivery Error Claims
Our expert legal team answer your questions about making an Assisted Delivery Error Claim
When you initially contact a medical negligence solicitor, they will talk through what happened and assess if you have grounds for a birth injury claim. After this, they will investigate and access your medical records and any other evidence. You may be asked to provide proof of any financial losses or future costs. Everything is taken care of by expert solicitors who will explain the process step by step and answer every question you may have.
There are many injuries associated with birth which can be considered ‘normal’. For instance, tearing during birth happens to 9 out of 10 first time mothers. However, there are also cases where birth injuries are not normal and are as a result of medical negligence during your pregnancy or birth. Speak to a specialist birth negligence lawyer who can help you understand if your birth injury could have been avoided with better medical care.
You usually have three years from the date of the birth injury to make a claim if the claim is for yourself. This can also be extended to three years from the date of discovery if the birth injury does not become apparent until later. You have until the child’s 18th birthday to make a claim on their behalf. Children can make a claim for a birth injury that affected them for up to three years after the date of their 18th birthday.
Hospitals do not always want to admit liability, especially for birth injuries which can be so devastating to a family. Some claims may take months, while other claims could take years. It will all come down to the individual circumstances but you will be kept informed at each stage of your claim.
Assisted delivery error compensation is calculated according to the physical, mental and emotional impact it has. This includes practical factors such as a loss of earnings or care costs for your child, as well as costs for the trauma and the injury itself. No birth injury claim is exactly the same as another and so compensation will depend on the severity of the birth injury and the long lasting effects.
It is unlikely that you would have to go to court for an assisted delivery error claim. Less than 1% of claims ever make it to court. The vast majority of birth injury claims are handled by specialist lawyers who represent you and do the work on your behalf.
Meet our Assisted Delivery Error team
Partner, Senior Birth Injury Solicitor
Trevor is an incredibly respected and knowledgeable solicitor with over 35 years’ experience, dealing with complex, catastrophic clinical negligence cases. Throughout his illustrious career, Trevor has recovered multi-million-pound damages on behalf of clients in various areas of practice over the years.
Trevor is the current Chief Assessor for the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel and has been for the last 3 years, and prior to that had been an assessor for the panel since inception in 1994. He works directly with many of the UK’s leading Counsel and experts.
Trevor’s caseload ranges from cases valued at over a £100,000 to over £20 million, seeing him act on birth injury mediations and achieve many lifechanging settlements for vulnerable individuals and their families.
“Little did I realise when I searched online for someone to take on my case, that I had found the very best.”
“He has an unrivalled depth and breadth of experience in clinical negligence work.”
“His assessment of cases is scrupulous and his judgement on both merits and evidence is first-class.”
Star Individual 2016 “He is very good and innovative. He sees things others don’t see.He is on his own level. He does some very intellectually challenging cases.”
“Universally regarded as a leading light in the clinical negligence arena’
Star individual 2019
Star individual 2021 Trevor Ward “has an unrivalled depth and breadth of experience in clinical negligence’ “his assessment of cases is scrupulous and his judgement on both merits and evidence is first-class.”
Star individual 2022 “Trevor Ward is at the top of his game. He has so much experience and knows how to deal with every situation that arises.”
“He’s the doyen of clinical negligence.”
“He’s a shrewd operator.”
ABX v Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust: Acting on behalf of a family involving a birth injury case which began in 2012. The case is ongoing and trial is listed for 2023.
ABX v Bristol & Weston at University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: A highly complex birth injury case, acting for a family. Achieved settlement approval for £15M following High Court mediation.
- Trevor was present at the formation of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) over twenty years ago and the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers (SCIL)
- A ‘Fellow of APIL’ and an active participant in SCIL meetings for Fletchers
- Chief Assessor for the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel
- Specialist panel member for Action Against Medical Accidents (AVMA)
- A continuing member and former Chair of FOCIS (Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors)
Partner, Head of Medical Negligence
Emma is a team leader and a senior solicitor at PCL; she leads a team of junior and senior lawyers. As the senior solicitor within her team, Emma is accountable for the progression of cases to the point of settlement or issue. She completes formal assessments of each case and strategically plans the progression of the case, ensuring all cases within her team run smoothly and our customers receive the justice they deserve.
She is responsible for overseeing the operational management of the office in Leeds , providing strategy and leadership, people management and technical support to this growing department. In addition to representing her clients, Emma has a wealth of experience in leading and developing a successful team of lawyers dealing with a wide range of Clinical Negligence claims.
Emma headed the Fletchers’s team at the Salford Dragon Boat race in 2018, raising almost £1000 for Big Change Manchester, which was used to help fund the Big Change services and ensure that those living on the streets or in temporary accommodation continue to receive the necessary support they need.
Associate & Birth Injury Solicitor
Leanne is a Specialist Litigator operating within our Medical Negligence Department. In total, she has worked in the legal profession since 2003, initially specialising in catastrophic injuries.
As a dedicated Specialist Litigator, Leanne specialises in birth injury cases and is passionate about getting results for the many families she represents.
Her unwavering client care has seen her succeed in representing many vulnerable families, all of whom have experienced incredible trauma and loss.
“Leanne was friendly and very approachable, my husband and I always felt we were in very capable hands. Leanne was not only thorough but also compassionate throughout, her support whilst completing our statements was very welcoming and it helped ease any upset and pressures.”
“Based on my experience, if anyone is considering pursing compensation for their child having cerebral palsy as a result of a birth injury then I would not hesitate to recommend Leanne.”
HS v Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust: Acting on behalf of her client following a maternal infection during labour which crossed the blood-brain barrier causing injury to the baby.
LW v Cwm Taff Local University Health Board: Acting for her client after a medical professionals failed to recognise a baby was in distress.
SH v Cwm Taff Local University Health Board: Acting on behalf of her client due to failure in recognising that mother had a torn uterus during labour causing a hypoxic injury to baby.
CW v Cwm Taff Local University Health Board: Acting on behalf of her client when there was a failure to recognise a baby was in distress during labour, Resulted in a hypoxic injury.
Featured as an Assistant Solicitor in the Legal 500 in 2020
Associate, Chartered Legal Executive
Katy has 19 years’ post-qualified experience of medical negligence and personal injury work, and has progressed numerous cases through the court process to trial. She provides high quality work for the clients that she represents, having good attention to detail and technical knowledge. Katy prides herself on developing excellent relationships with both her clients and their families, wanting to reassure her clients and restore faith following the trauma that they will have experienced whilst securing the best possible outcome.
Whilst Katy deals with a variety of clinical negligence cases, she has a keen interest in orthopaedic, cosmetic surgery and also paediatric cases. Aside from her legal cases, Katy is working with the Clinical Negligence department to encourage and assist colleagues with training and experience in litigation. One of her more notable cases involved the Court of Appeal, with the defendant appealing the judgement given by the County Court. Permission to appeal was rejected and her client successfully received over £350,000 compensation. Katy works with the Lawcare Charity as a Peer supporter, providing advice and support for people within the Legal community and working on a one-to-one basis with struggling Lawyers. She is also a keen promoter of supporting mental health within the workplace.
Notable Settled Cases
MPH: Fully disputed case, hip replacement (£500K)
JK: Fully disputed case, 87-year-old male, partial foot amputation (£72.5K)
GJ: Fully disputed case, unnecessary STARR procedure (£200K)
“Katy Link was excellent in all aspects.”
“Katy Link was amazing. She was there for me all the time even evenings and often at weekends too. She handled everything very professionally whilst remaining thoughtful and empathetic. She did a fantastic job and I am very happy to recommend her.”
“I know I have, on occasions, been a little grumpy about the whole thing but in all that time you have been unbelievably professional and warm towards me. I cannot express enough how grateful we are for all your hard work and persistence in getting the very best for me. It is much appreciated and we both thank you very much.”
"He's always there for us"
At the age of 2 we noticed our son Vincent had trouble with his hearing. We had this testing over a number of years and were repeatedly told there was nothing wrong.
Initially we thought this was a speech and language problem, this wasn't the case. It took 4 to 5 years of assessments, with the constant response that there was nothing wrong with his hearing. A different test was them carried on Vincent overnight where it was found he was profoundly deaf.
After years of frustration we were finally able to provide Vincent with the support he required and received an implant. This has enable Vincent to be able to hear. The support from our solicitors has enabled to to gain access to specialist which have supported Vincent in closing the gap in his speech he lost out on to his peers.