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Poor Pregnancy Treatment and Neglect Claims

Reviewed by

Peter Rigby - Director of Medical Negligence | Last updated on: 29th April, 2024

We've got your Poor Pregnancy Treatment and Neglect Claim covered

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.

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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 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

  • Trevor Ward

    Partner, Senior Birth Injury Solicitor

  • Emma Semwayo

    Partner, Head of Medical Negligence

  • Leanne Devine

    Associate & Birth Injury Solicitor

  • John Killen


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