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Midwife Negligence Claims

Reviewed by

Peter Rigby - Director of Medical Negligence | Last updated on: 1st February, 2024

We've got your Midwife Negligence Claim covered

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.




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


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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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 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.




We fully appreciate why you may be looking for immediate legal support with your midwife negligence compensation claim. 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: This refers to when a baby is born with a missing body part. Common examples of structural defects often relate to the heart or a congenital hip dislocation.


Metabolic Birth Defect: If the baby is born with a defect relating to the body’s chemistry, this 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, would very much constitute 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. This applies both before hospital discharge and  after discharge, whilst being cared for by community midwives.




At Patient Claim Line, we’re not just medical negligence lawyers; most of us are parents ourselves.

That means we’ve been through an awful lot as individuals, and we have experienced a great deal of claims relating to midwife negligence. 


It’s in our core values to demonstrate empathy and unwavering human care. 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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Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in cancer negligence and general medical negligence 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 Midwife Negligence Claims

Our expert legal team answer your questions about making a Midwife Negligence Claim

As a general rule, you will have 3 years from the “date of knowledge” to make your midwife negligence claim. The “date of knowledge” is the date when you first found out, or became aware, that a mistake had been made. 


If you, or the person the mistake happened to, is or was under 18 at the time, the time limit is 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday.

To establish a claim for midwife negligence, you will need to demonstrate that the midwife breached their duty of care, and that this breach caused harm or injury. Collecting evidence such as medical records, financial records and expert reports will help to build the case for a claim.

Meet our Midwife Negligence Team

  • Trevor Ward

    Partner, Senior Birth Injury Solicitor

  • Parbeen Alamgir

    Associate & Senior Birth Injury Solicitor

  • Leanne Devine

    Associate & Birth Injury Solicitor

  • Emma Semwayo

    Partner, Head of Medical Negligence

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