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It is important to ensure that pregnancy care is always of the highest standard, not only for the baby’s health but also the health of the mother. Pregnancy can be a time fraught with emotion and it is vital that check-ups and scans are carried out regularly to ensure that everything is progressing as it should.
If you feel that you have been treated poorly and either your health or the health of your baby was affected, or scans had not been carried out as they should be, you may be entitled to make a claim.
You may be able to claim for:
- Any diseases or infections caused by negligence
- Delivery errors resulting in injury
- Inadequate scans and examination of the baby
- Problems that could have been identified being missed resulting in avoidable injury
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When it comes to pregnancy claims and birth negligence, we understand the emotional distress involved if something did happen to you or your baby. We are caring and compassionate listeners and will strive to get you the compensation you deserve. Our medical negligence team have a wealth of knowledge in this field and have seen and dealt with practically every possible claim type.
Complications caused by negligent caesarean delivery
During a caesarean delivery, there are various examples of poor treatment or neglect where you may be entitled to make a claim.
- A delayed caesarean section or a failure to perform the surgery at all. This delayed action or inaction could result in injury to the mother or the child.
- Any surgical errors that have resulted in preventable injury to the mother or the child.
- A post-surgery infection caused by negligent action on behalf of the medical staff, or a negligent delay in diagnosing and treating the infection.
Delivery errors resulting in injury
Delivery errors resulting in injury can cause pain and suffering for many women.
We trust doctors and medical staff to deliver our babies and do so safely and quickly.
If you believe that you experienced negligence whilst delivering your baby, you may be able to make a medical negligence claim on our pregnancy & birth errors page.
Inadequate scans and examination of the baby
If you believe the scans of your baby were not accurate, or the way in which your baby was examined was negligent, our expert birth injury team will want to talk this through with you. Often, if there is any doubts around the general health of your child, thorough physical examinations are key to diagnosing any potential issues. Furthermore, all parents should be offered examinations within 72 hours of delivering your child.
Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Poor Pregnancy Treatment and Neglect 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 Poor Pregnancy Treatment and Neglect Claims
Our expert legal team answer your questions about making a Poor Pregnancy Treatment and Neglect 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 Poor Pregnancy Treatment and Neglect 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
John has worked in the law since 1989, starting as a junior clerk and has dealt with virtually every type of litigation (and non-litigation) over the years, presently specialising in complex clinical negligence cases. Using only the best barristers and experts, his caseload typically involves cases valued over £100,000 but takes a special interest, regardless of value, in the more difficult and complex cases and actively encourages Defendant Trusts and their solicitors to engage in ADR, undertaking his first successful mediation 15 years ago. Former voluntary pro-bono legal adviser to Age Concern in Southport.
“John’s letter of claim in your case was the best I have ever seen in a clinical negligence case and a model of clarity, despite the huge complexity” – Counsel
“Many thanks for your guidance over the last few years, and your continued efforts to get answers about Mum’s condition, diagnosis and care”.
“John has forgotten more than most solicitors will ever know” – Counsel
"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.