When preparing to give birth, you expect the utmost attention from medical professionals who have a duty of care to you and your family. Sadly, mistakes can happen, resulting in birth injuries as a result of medical negligence.
A birth injury can happen at any stage of a pregnancy, including labour, wrongful birth and the post-birth period. It’s important to understand that when such incidents happen, it’s not just about healing and moving forward. It’s also about justice for you and your family, and accountability for the professionals involved.
At Switalskis, we understand the impact of pregnancy negligence. Our specialised team is here to help you navigate the legal process, offering our expertise in managing pregnancy negligence claims. We want to make sure your voice is heard and your rights are upheld.
When you've experienced pregnancy negligence, whether inflicted on the mother or child, it's important to have a team by your side that understands your situation and is deeply committed to fighting for your rights. Our professional team, equipped with years of experience and a profound understanding of the law, are experts in handling pregnancy negligence claims.
Our team is experienced in all aspects of maternity negligence compensation, including antenatal care negligence, labour and delivery negligence, and postnatal care negligence. With our extensive knowledge and expertise, we can provide you with comprehensive and effective legal advice, no matter how complex your case.
We believe in thorough investigations to build a strong case. Our team will meticulously examine your medical records, identify key instances of negligence, and engage medical experts who can provide specialist insights. This approach equips us to present the strongest possible case on your behalf.
We recognise the emotional trauma that comes with pregnancy negligence, and that's why we don't just offer legal support; we also offer emotional support. Our compassionate team is here to listen, to empathise, and to be there for you throughout the process. We'll keep you informed at every stage, answering any questions you might have and addressing all of your concerns.
Our solicitors are skilled at accurately valuing claims to make sure you receive a fair amount of pregnancy negligence compensation. We consider all aspects, including medical costs, counselling services, loss of earnings, and the pain and suffering you've endured. Our goal is to maximise your compensation to help your recovery and secure your future.
Maternity negligence, also known as obstetric negligence, refers to situations where a healthcare professional such as a doctor, nurse or midwife provides substandard care during pregnancy, childbirth or in the postnatal period, leading to harm or injury to the mother, the baby, or both.
Maternity negligence can take several forms, including but not limited to:
In all of these cases, if the substandard care results in harm or injury to the mother or child, it can potentially be classed as maternity negligence. For a negligence claim to be successful, it must be demonstrated that the care fell below a reasonable standard and that this directly led to the harm or injury. Seek legal advice if you believe you have a claim for maternity negligence.
If you or your baby have suffered an injury or health complication due to negligence during your pregnancy, childbirth or the postnatal period, you have every right to seek compensation. Making a pregnancy negligence claim can seem daunting, but with Switalskis at your side, the process will be less intimidating.
Here is a step-by-step guide to making a pregnancy negligence or birth injury claim:
Throughout the process, we’ll provide you with the emotional support you need, while tirelessly fighting for your rights. If you've suffered due to pregnancy negligence, don't hesitate to contact Switalskis. We're ready to help you every step of the way.
We understand that financial concerns should never be a barrier to you seeking justice. This is why we offer a variety of funding options to suit different circumstances and relieve any financial stress related to your claim.
One of the most common methods of funding a pregnancy negligence claim is a conditional fee agreement (CFA), also known as a no win, no fee agreement. With this type of agreement, you will not have to pay any upfront legal fees. If your case is successful, a percentage of your compensation will cover your legal costs. If your claim is not successful, you won't be liable to pay any legal fees, making it a risk-free option for many of our clients.
Alternatively, you might have a legal expenses insurance policy that covers the cost of making a claim. Such a policy could be part of your home or car insurance, or come with a credit card or bank account. If you're not sure whether you have this type of insurance, our team can help you find out.
In certain circumstances, Legal Aid may also be available for birth injury claims, which are among the most severe types of pregnancy negligence.
We aim to be as transparent as possible about our fees and funding options. We'll discuss these with you in depth during our initial consultation to make sure you're fully informed before moving forward with your case.
The value of a pregnancy negligence claim can vary depending on the severity of the harm caused, the long-term impact on the mother or child's health and wellbeing, and the financial loss experienced as a result of the negligence. Therefore, it's not possible to specify a precise amount without considering the unique details of a specific case.
In general, compensation for pregnancy negligence claims can be divided into two categories:
In serious cases, where negligence during pregnancy or childbirth has led to severe and permanent injuries, such as in a child, the total compensation could potentially amount to several million pounds. This is because future care costs, special accommodation, loss of earnings, and ongoing treatment needs are all considered.
It's essential to consult with a specialist medical negligence solicitor, who can provide a more personalised estimate based on your specific circumstances.
You can potentially claim compensation for a traumatic birth if you can demonstrate that the trauma was a result of medical negligence. Medical negligence is defined as substandard care provided by a healthcare professional that directly causes harm or injury to the patient.
A birth can be classified as traumatic for many reasons, such as:
If any of these or other negligent actions led to injury to the mother or baby, it could form the basis for a compensation claim.
It's important to remember that a traumatic birth doesn’t necessarily indicate medical negligence. Childbirth can be unpredictable and complications can arise that are not due to any fault of the medical professionals involved. However, if it's determined that the healthcare professionals acted negligently and that negligence directly led to the trauma, there could be grounds for a claim.
If you believe you've suffered from a traumatic birth due to medical negligence, it's advisable to seek advice from a specialist medical negligence solicitor. They can guide you through the process of making a claim, which includes obtaining all relevant medical records, instructing independent medical experts to provide their opinion, and negotiating the maximum compensation on your behalf.
If you believe that you or a loved one have been subjected to medical negligence during pregnancy, it's vital you take that first step towards justice. Switalskis is here to guide you through the process, providing expert advice, emotional support and strong representation.
Contact Switalskis today by calling 0800 1380 458 or getting in touch with us through the website to discuss your concerns in confidence with a legal specialist.