Compensation for pregnancy and birth injuries

Pregnancy and birth Injuries can happen to either the mother or child before, during or after the delivery of the baby. Our experienced medical negligence team understand that birth injuries can be life-changing and often very traumatic for the injured person and their family.

We investigate and successfully pursue birth injury compensation claims for children and mothers injured during childbirth. Examples of pregnancy and birth injuries include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Stillbirth
  • Injuries sustained to the baby whilst in the Neonatal Unit
  • Neonatal death
  • Damage to the mother’s pelvic area, bowel or bladder
  • Maternal death

When birth injuries occur, the causes can include:

  • Failure to provide the mother with adequate antenatal screening and care
  • Failure to diagnose pre-eclampsia
  • Inappropriate use of forceps or ventouse resulting in damage to the baby or the mother
  • The baby’s shoulder becoming stuck (shoulder dystocia) causing injury to the baby’s brachial plexus
  • Delays in delivery causing the baby to be deprived of oxygen
  • Failure to diagnose or treat low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) in the baby
  • Failure to diagnose or treat jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus) in the baby

Nelsons can help with birth injury claims

Our expert team is recognised by the Law Society, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), Headway, the Spinal Injuries Association, Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 for our work involving injured babies and children. We are one of a few specialist firms who are still able to offer Legal Aid in cases involving babies.

We have clients based all over the country and we are always happy to visit clients in hospital or in their own homes.

We instruct the most experienced independent medical experts, who will review your medical records and comment on the standard of care that you received and whether this was negligent causing you injury. We use highly experienced barristers who we may instruct to work with us on your claim.

When it comes to valuing your claim we often instruct a number of independent experts who will comment on the nature and extent of your injuries, your future prognosis and your short and long-term needs.

Often in these high-value cases the court will order that the injured person should receive a lump sum payment of compensation plus an amount each year (periodical payments) for the rest of their life, to ensure that their ongoing needs are met.

We have achieved what was believed at the time to be (and may still be) the highest award of periodical payments ever to be made by the NHS Litigation Authority to an injured patient in one such case.

Making a birth injury claim

Our team of specialist lawyers are experienced in dealing with claims for compensation following pregnancy and birth injuries.

We are always happy to discuss the circumstances of your potential claim either over the phone, via email or where appropriate at a meeting.

We offer:

  • No win, no fee services
  • Legal aid in some cases
  • A friendly team of experts

"Matthew Olner did a brilliant job for us, my mum can now rest in peace knowing the NHS were accountable for their actions. Thank you again."

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To find out if you have a claim, please contact us to discuss how our medical negligence solicitors can help you. For a quick response to your enquiry, call us now or use our online chat.

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