Midwife Negligence Claims

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Peter Rigby, Director of Medical Neglience

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If you have experienced negligence whilst under the care of a midwife, we completely understand that you will have experienced some trauma. Not only are we the UK’s top-rated medical negligence specialists with vast experience handling claims around pregnancy and birth injuries, but many of our specialist lawyers are parents just like you.

A claim against a midwife can be any situation where a midwife’s actions, or inactions, either before or during a pregnancy, has led to negligence or injury.

Furthermore, a midwife negligence claim can also include failures to deliver sufficient aftercare to both mother and child, or in recognition that there was insufficient management of the birth, such as a critical or lifelong genetic condition being missed.

Midwives perform a valuable role when assisting to deliver your baby, and often do a difficult job in trying circumstances.

However, when mistakes happen, or there is mismanagement in the lead up to a birth, this can sadly result in unnecessary pain or injury.

Here, we can help you understand if you’re eligible to make a compensation claim against a midwife, how you can do so, and determine when midwife negligence can sometimes occur.

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Making a Claim for Midwife Negligence

When it comes to determining midwife negligence, we have both the medical knowledge and legal rigour to oversee complex examples.

We fully appreciate why you may be looking for immediate legal support with your midwife negligence compensation claim, so we have outlined some of the most common cases that our midwife negligence specialists have taken on, either before, during or in the aftercare of a birth.

  • Miscarriage: Unfortunately, there are many reasons why a miscarriage might happen e.g. a first-time pregnancy caused by problems to the unborn baby – about three in every four miscarriages happen during this period.
  • Brain injuries: Often, brain injuries such as brain damage, Cerebral Palsy or Erb’s Palsy are the result of what’s known as an acquired or traumatic brain injury. Such an example may be if a midwife uses physical force from the outside, such as forceps striking or placing pressure on the baby’s head.
  • Birth defects: A birth defect often develops when the baby is still in the womb and they are associated with negligent management of a birth from a midwife. These concerns should ideally be picked up on ultrasound scans to ensure that any suitable treatment is commenced as soon as possible.
  • Structural Birth Defect: Where a baby is born with a missing body part, with common examples of structural defects relating to the heart or a congenital hip dislocation.
  • Metabolic Birth Defect: This is where the baby is born with a defect relating to the body’s chemistry and can impact the child’s ability to digest and process vital foods.
  • Missed diagnosis during pregnancy: A missed diagnosis to your baby, or indeed to mum, very much forms part and parcel of a midwife negligence case.
  • Aftercare following the birth: There is a duty of care that all midwives need to be accountable to when it comes to the aftercare of both mother and baby.

Up until the first three weeks of the child’s life, the midwife needs to monitor the health of both mum and child, whether that’s before hospital discharge or after discharge whilst being cared for by community midwives.

Why choose Patient Claim Line to pursue your case against a midwife?

At Patient Claim Line, we’re not just medical negligent lawyers; most of us are parents ourselves.
That means we’ve been through an awful lot as individuals too, and we have experienced a great deal, or at least experienced in one way or another, claims relating to midwife negligence.

It’s in our core values to demonstrate empathy and unwavering human care, and we’ll work with those who can make a difference, including medical experts, so we’re better equipped to advise you on how to push forward with your claim against a midwife.

Speak to a member of the team today by calling us today or completing our online enquiry form and we will call you back at a convenient time to discuss your situation.

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Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Midwife Negligence 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 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.

Meet our medical negligence team

Peter Rigby

Peter Rigby
Director of Medical Negligence

Peter leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injury department, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.

Peter is dedicated to supporting victims of catastrophic medical negligence injuries and endeavours to provide a clear and coherent approach to claims. He recognises the effects serious injuries can have and therefore ensures his customers’ need for support is met. Peter also has a vast amount of experience working with customers who have been injured abroad and is able to act under international law to provide the best outcomes.

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Christian Beadell

Christian Beadell
Partner, Head of Strategy and Legal Operations

Christian is Head of Medical Negligence at Patient Claim Line and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1998; having dealt with a wide variety of claims throughout his career. He is also featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West.

Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in clinical negligence. From 2010 onward he has had a particular interest in gynaecological and urogynaecological claims, having represented several hundred claimants in the George Rowland Litigation against the Liverpool Women’s and Aintree Hospitals. This investigated the treatment given to women in the Merseyside area over several decades, and in particular focused on the introduction and development of mesh into the UK in both the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The development of this area involved pursuing claims under a unique ADR protocol with the NHS and also looking to develop the current thinking on the valuation of compensation for complex urinary symptoms. He has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation on behalf of my clients.

Christian was also involved in setting up and chairing a Claimant Support Group for those involved in the Rowland litigation, which provided a discussion forum for the many women who were left isolated and damaged by negligent gynaecological treatment. He now co-ordinates the firm’s mesh claims and has delivered training and commented extensively on the medico-legal implications of urogynaecological / mesh complications. He is a member of APIL, Liverpool Law Society and Legal 500 recommended.

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Francesca Paul

Francesca Paul
Associate Solicitor

Francesca Paul is an Associate, Senior Solicitor and Team Leader within the Clinical Negligence Department.  She is one of the driving Solicitors in the Group Litigation Team dealing with this niche and specialist area of work that Fletchers undertakes.   

Francesca previously worked in Nottingham, dealing with Group Action work.  She now works at Fletchers, bringing with her those years of experience heading up a team of 10 people.  Francesca is involved in the early identification of potential new Group Litigation Work and analyses information from the collective pool of new enquiries into the business, of which there are hundreds per week looking for hot spots or recurrent issues which might suggest a potential pool of Claimants.   

One of the highlights for Francesca and her team is that they have successfully recovered over a million pounds in compensation for clients who have received treatment from a single orthopaedic surgeon who was operating in the Colchester area.  Her role requires a specific set of skills, patience and a forensic approach to detail whilst being able to see the wider picture.   

Francesca has previously acted for a claimant in a case that reached the Supreme Court in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council. 

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Sion Wynne

Sion Wynne
Senior Solicitor

Sion is a team leader and senior solicitor with many years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of medical specialisms and different types of injuries. He is an experienced medical negligence solicitor and manages a team of lawyers within our department.

Sion joined Fletchers in 2018 as a Team Leader in the Medical Negligence Department. Throughout his 24 year legal career, he has specialised in conducting medical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants, previously working for other highly ranked leading firms in the field.

He has undertaken claims covering the full spectrum of medical specialisms, clinical settings, categories of defendant and types of negligent medical care and treatment.
These include high value and complex maximum severity cases, such as those involving limb amputations and permanent neurological injuries.

Sion is experienced at representing bereaved families at inquests and has a particular interest in fatal accident claims.


Notable Cases

JI v Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust: £1.25m recovered for client left paraplegic after spinal anaesthesia.

RS v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: £150,000 recovered for client in respect of a failure to recognise complications after a kidney transplant, where her father was the donor.

JN v MA: £100,000 recovered for a client who suffered 2 years persistent pain and disability after knee replacement surgery undertaken as a private patient.

CS v Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust: £400,000 recovered for a child who sustained Erb’s palsy during her delivery.

WO’C (Deceased) v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; £450,000 recovered for the family of the deceased who died as a result of a delay in diagnosing a brain tumour.


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Case Study

Vincent's Story

"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.

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