Pregnancy and child birth should be one of the happiest times of your life. You naturally expect to be cared for and looked after by doctors and midwives during this exciting time. When things go wrong, don’t go to plan or have a poor outcome, we understand how upsetting and distressing it can be. Being let down by medical professionals can have a significant impact, especially when the outcome is life-altering.
At Switalskis, we support you during difficult times. We help you find the answers to the many questions you have, doing everything that we can to establish what went wrong and determine whether you are entitled to claim compensation. Whether the incident affects the mother, baby or both, we have the specialist knowledge and experience to help you move forward.
We understand the difficulties that can occur during pregnancy and when delivering a baby. Sometimes, the urgency to deliver a baby quickly and safely can mean that important steps are missed, or events can go wrong. You may feel that mistakes have been made that could have been avoided.
As a result, you may want any of the following:
Birth injuries can be devastating. Our birth injury lawyers are vastly experienced in working with families who have gone through a difficult and distressing birth. This is a sensitive subject, and we’ll always make sure you’re matched with a lawyer you feel comfortable speaking to. We support our clients through our knowledge and experience, and with any request they may have.
We recognise the numerous challenges mothers may face during childbirth. At Switalskis, we're here to support you with your birth injury case. So, if you've experienced any form of injury during childbirth, rest assured, we're here for you. Types of birth injuries to the mother include:
Sometimes, a healthcare professional's oversight can result in an injury to your child with long-lasting effects. If your child has suffered any type of birth injury, we're committed to providing the legal support you need. Types of birth injuries to the child include:
We’re here to simplify the process of making a birth injury claim. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you understand what to expect when making a birth injury claim.
With Switalskis by your side, making a birth injury compensation claim becomes less daunting. We'll guide you through each stage of the process, providing clear advice, empathetic support, and legal expertise every step of the way.
Birth injury compensation claims generally need to be made within three years from the point you experienced negligent care, or three years from when you first officially identified your injury. But, like many rules, there can be exceptions depending on your unique situation.
If you're making a claim for a child, the three-year time limit doesn’t begin until their 18th birthday. And for someone who, due to mental capacity issues, can't make a birth injury claim on their own, they may be exempt from this time limit altogether.
There are various options for funding claims. Many of our birth injury cases are funded using a conditional fee agreement (no win, no fee agreement). In a conditional fee agreement, you will only pay legal costs if we win the case for you. This means you don’t need to worry about anything as you’re covered either way.
In very limited cases, we can offer advice for free thanks to Legal Aid funding. Our solicitors can review and discuss your funding options and help you decide the best route to take.
Navigating the path to resolution in a birth injury compensation claim isn't always a quick journey. That's because every claim is unique and the timeframe can vary. Some cases may be resolved within a few months, while others could take a few years. It's all dependent on the complexity of your case, the willingness of the opposing party to negotiate, and sometimes the pace of the legal system itself.
At Switalskis, we will make the process as efficient as possible without sacrificing the thoroughness your case deserves. Our commitment is to fight tirelessly for your rights, always keeping you informed about our progress and what to expect next.
The amount of compensation you could receive from a birth injury claim depends on the individual circumstances of your case.
A range of factors are considered in the process of figuring out compensation. We look at the seriousness and type of the injury, how it’s affected day-to-day life, what future care and support might be needed, potential loss of income, and any extra costs that have come about because of the injury.
While we can't provide a definite figure without knowing the details of your case, what we can assure you is that our aim is to secure the maximum compensation you deserve. We’ll work diligently to assess all the aspects of your case, and fight for an amount that adequately covers your current and future needs.
Proving that a birth injury resulted from medical negligence involves a few key steps, and we're here to guide you through each one. It's about establishing a clear link between the actions (or lack of) of a healthcare professional and the injury sustained. Here's how it works:
If this all sounds a bit complicated, don't worry - our job is to simplify this process for you.
Birth trauma can have significant, lasting impacts, and you have every right to seek justice and compensation. This includes cases where the trauma has affected either the child or the mother during birth.
However, it's important to note that every case is unique, and your eligibility to make a claim can depend on specific circumstances and the nature of the trauma suffered. But don't worry - that's where we come in.
We’ll listen to your story, understand your situation, and provide clear, straightforward advice about your options.
It’s essential that you have complete confidence in your legal representation, especially when dealing with something as sensitive as a birth injury claim. If, for any reason, you feel that your current birth injury solicitor isn't the right fit, you have the right to switch to a different one at any point in the claim process.
Changing solicitors doesn't mean you're starting from scratch. Your new solicitor will liaise with your previous one to ensure a smooth transition and to gather all the necessary details about your case.
At Switalskis, we aim to make this transition as simple as possible. If you're considering changing solicitors, why not have a chat with us? Get in touch today for a free, no-obligation conversation. Your comfort and confidence in your legal team are paramount, and we're committed to providing just that.
Birth injuries can cast a shadow over what should be one of the happiest times of your life. But remember, you’re not alone. Our legal experts are here to listen, understand your unique circumstances, and fight for the best possible outcome for you and your child.
Contact Switalskis today by calling 0800 1380 458 or get in touch with us through the website to discuss your concerns in confidence with a legal specialist.