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When giving birth, the main concerns are usually with the welfare of the newborn baby. However, if something goes wrong during the birth it is not only the baby’s life that may be at risk but also that of the mother. It is important that you are in the hands of a fully trained professional and if for any reason there are problems with the delivery that could have been prevented, or you were left with injuries as a result of medical negligence you may be eligible to make a compensation claim.
You may be able to claim in the event of injuries received through birth:
- Unnecessary scarring and damage from a Caesarean section
- Hospital acquired infections
- Vaginal fissures and tears
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Injuries to mother compensation
From time to time, preventable injuries occur to both mother and baby during childbirth. When this happens as a result of negligence, and your long-term health or your child’s long-term health is affected, you may be entitled to compensation.
At Patient Claim Line, we are legal experts and take injuries during childbirth very seriously. Our expert team can help you to understand if you have the right to pursue a claim.
During the birth of a child, medical professionals may make the decision to cut between the mother’s vagina and perineum to allow the baby to exit more easily. Unfortunately, episiotomies can lead to further infection and physical injury. When that decision has been made negligently, or the procedure itself results in an error, you are entitled to seek legal advice.
Pre-eclampsia often happens during the second half of a pregnancy, or immediately after a baby is born. Although cases can be symptomless, the condition can result in complications for both the mother and baby. Negligent treatment, delayed diagnosis or a failure to diagnose altogether can mean that you are entitled to compensation.
Caesarean section injuries
If you are a victim of avoidable scarring and damage from a Caesarean section, you could be entitled to compensation. A caesarean section, or c-section, is generally considered as a very safe procedure. However, there can be risks and complications when the treatment is not carried out to an acceptable standard.
At Patient Claim Line we are leading experts in the field of medical negligence and have extensive experience in dealing with a wide variety of claims. We offer a personal and professional approach and are 100% committed to achieving the best outcome we can for you.
Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Childbirth Injuries to Mother Claim?
Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts
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 Childbirth Injury to Mother Claims
Our expert legal team answer your questions about making a Childbirth Injury to Mother 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.
Birth injury 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 a birth injury 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 Childbirth Injury to Mother 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)
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 & Senior Birth Injury Solicitor
Parbeen is a Specialist Litigator within our Medical Negligence Department, with vast experience in advising clients on a wide range of medical negligence claims after having sustained catastrophic injuries.
Parbeen specialises in all types of birth injury claims and has developed a distinct interest and sub-speciality in women’s health. As a respected and dedicated legal professional, Parbeen is also a keen supporter of ‘Tommys’; a pregnancy and baby loss charity that funds research into stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage. Parbeen always goes that extra mile, using her extensive knowledge and experience to obtain excellent results for her clients.
Parbeen is passionate and fully committed to helping her clients and ensuring their needs are met during the lifetime of a claim, by regularly engaging with case managers, experts and third parties in order to maximise compensation and achieve the best legal outcome.
“Parbeen has impressed me with her industrious attention to detail, perseverance, analysis and client skills. She is immensely personable and a pleasure to work with.”
“When it comes to complex, life changing and particularly sensitive injuries, Parbeen has outstanding aptitude.”
“I have found every member of staff to be polite and professional at every stage, particularly Parbeen Alamgir who’s levels of service in particular have stood out for me. I am so grateful for the support l have received, especially on my lowest days. I would highly recommend Fletchers solicitors.”
Anonymised case: Acting on behalf of her birth injury client who sustained hypoxic injury at birth leading to neurodevelopmental problems. Achieved a pre-trial settlement of £1.5 million lump sum plus PPO.
Anonymised case: Acting on behalf of her client who sustained ACL, MCL and PCL tears requiring repair and revisionary surgeries. Achieved a settlement of £100,000.
Anonymised case: Acted on behalf of her diabetic client who underwent above knee amputation following mismanagement of an ulcer on his foot. Achieved a settlement of £250,000.
Working Towards an accreditation by APIL as a Litigator
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.
"Now we have peace of mind"
My husband, Nick, went back and forth to the doctors for a long time and tried everything the doctor recommended. But his illness got worse, to the point that he was in agony.
In the end we got so desperate that we asked for a referral. The doctor was reluctant, so we had to consult a private hospital. That’s when we found out there was a tumour. It took years from the onset of his illness to finally start cancer treatment.
He used to be a man with a lot to live for, but in the end he was in so much pain that he withdrew from the family. He became angry that nobody had helped him sooner, and the legal team were able to give him the validation that he was desperately seeking. The NHS confirmed if they had done more, Nick would still be alive today.