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The experience of childbirth should be filled with joy and anticipation but when something goes wrong and a traumatic birth happens, those feelings of excitement can quickly turn into a terrible ordeal. In these cases, making a traumatic birth compensation claim can be a crucial source of support and can help you to get your life back on track.
Birth injury claims play an important role in helping new parents and their families to get the compensation they need to aid their recovery. It can also be a way to hold those responsible to account, and provide some much-needed closure on a deeply distressing experience. If you're ready to make a birth injury compensation claim after experiencing a traumatic birth, Switalskis is here to help.
In an emotionally challenging time, you'll need an ally who can help you navigate the unfamiliar terrain of traumatic birth compensation. Whether you need help understanding the medical aspects and legal complexities, or you just want to talk to someone who truly empathises with your situation, the dedicated team of specialist birth trauma solicitors at Switalskis can support you.
Our medical negligence team specialises in traumatic birth compensation. We're here to answer your questions, guide you through the legal process, and help you claim the compensation that you and your family deserve.
When navigating the birth injury compensation claims process, you need more than just legal representation. You need compassionate guidance, specialised expertise and unwavering support. At Switalskis, that's exactly what we provide.
We understand that every case of traumatic birth is unique, and that your individual circumstances and needs will be your own. That's why we're dedicated to listening to your story, getting to grips with your situation and finding out what you hope to achieve with the claim. With this personalised approach, we can make sure we're always working towards the outcome that you want.
No matter what the details of your case might be, you can always put your full trust in our highly experienced team of birth injury solicitors. Our medical negligence department, led by Suzanne Munroe , is accredited by both the Law Society and AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents , recognising us as leading specialists in our field.
We pledge to offer you clear, understandable advice at every step of the process. We'll break down complex legal jargon, explain your rights and guide you through each phase of your medical negligence claim, from investigation to negotiation and settlement.
We also offer our services on a no win, no fee basis, so that you can seek justice without financial risk. It's part of our commitment to making legal support accessible to those who need it most.
At Switalskis, we see a birth injury claim as more than just a legal matter - it's an emotional journey for your whole family. As such, our birth trauma lawyers will act as compassionate allies, providing emotional support, encouragement and empathy at every step of the way.
A traumatic birth can have profound and lasting effects on the mother, father and any other individual present during the birth resulting in physical, emotional and impacts. The trauma of a difficult birth experience extends far beyond the delivery room in ways that are often underestimated.
Some of the most common mental health consequences of birth trauma include:
Additionally, traumatic births can also lead to a number of physical health issues, such as:
The impact of injury or PTSD after traumatic birth can have long-lasting consequences. It can affect decisions about future pregnancies and childbirth, making women hesitant or fearful about having more children; it might also affect the mother's self-identity and financial stability.
This is why it's so important to explore the possibility of making a birth injury compensation claim if you've experienced birth trauma. If medical negligence is found to have played a part in your suffering, the birth trauma lawyers at Switalskis can help you claim birth injury compensation and move on with your life.
The consequences of a traumatic birth can have significant and lasting effects on the newborn baby. These effects can be immediate, long-term or even lifelong, depending on the severity of the birth injury and the quality of care the baby received.
Examples of birth injuries and health problems that can result from a traumatic birth include:
The most severe birth injuries from traumatic births have the potential to change the course of a young child's life. Some of the potential long-term consequences include:
All of this can have a very significant effect on the whole family, both in terms of stress and the financial burden of providing specialist care for the child. If the parents or relatives are also experiencing an anxiety disorder or trauma at the same time, the impact can be devastating.
If this has happened to you, get in touch with our birth injury solicitors to find out whether you have grounds to claim compensation for your experience.
While some traumatic births are unavoidable due to complex circumstances or unexpected complications, others are a direct result of medical negligence.
Medical negligence can lead to a traumatic birth in the following ways:
In order to make a birth trauma compensation claim, you'll need to be able to prove that the care you received from medical professionals fell below the necessary standard, and that this was directly responsible for the harm you suffered.
If you believe that medical negligence contributed to a traumatic birth, speak to our specialist birth injury lawyers, and we'll be able to advise you on whether you have strong grounds to make a claim.
Starting a traumatic birth compensation claim might feel overwhelming, but Switalskis is here to handle this process clearly and compassionately. We have years of experience dealing with birth injury cases, and we're committed to standing by your side every step of the way.
Here's an overview of what the traumatic birth claims process entails:
Throughout the process, we'll keep you informed and update you regularly, addressing any concerns and providing continuous guidance. Our dedicated birth trauma lawyers will always work to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible, allowing you to concentrate on what truly matters: healing and caring for your family.
The general rule for medical negligence claims is that you have three years to make a claim. This starts either from the date of when the negligence happened or from when you first became aware of the negligence. This three-year window is referred to as the ‘limitation period’.
If the claim involves a child who suffered trauma during birth, the three-year limitation period doesn't begin until the child's 18th birthday. This means that a claim can be made at any time before the child turns 21. If the individual in question lacks mental capacity to make a claim by themselves (whether as a result of the traumatic birth or for another reason), the three-year time limit may not apply at all.
In some rare circumstances, the courts may allow a claim to proceed even if the three-year limitation has passed. This could happen if there are exceptional reasons why the claim could not have been made earlier, but it's important to recognise that this does not happen often, and will entirely depend on the decision of the court.
This is why we strongly advise you to seek legal advice about your birth trauma claim as soon as possible. Gathering evidence, medical records and witness statements can become more challenging as time passes. Taking early action gives your birth trauma lawyers the best possible chance to build a robust case on your behalf, and means that no deadlines are missed.
The amount of compensation you might receive for PTSD after a traumatic birth depends on various factors specific to your case. Every compensation claim will be individually assessed, meaning there are no fixed amounts or averages that we can offer.
Here are some of the factors that will be taken into account when you claim compensation to determine how much you will receive:
We can’t provide an exact figure for compensation without understanding the unique details of your situation. Each case is individual, and the amounts vary widely. However, by getting in touch with Switalskis, you can arrange an initial consultation with us, and we will provide you with a more tailored estimate of what your birth injury claim might be worth, based on the specific details of your case.
If you're making a traumatic birth compensation claim with Switalskis, we provide a number of options for how your case can be funded. We're committed to making sure that nobody is prevented from accessing justice because they don’t have enough money.
If you're not sure about your options, speak to the birth injury lawyers at Switalskis, and we can set up a free initial consultation to discuss your situation and the most suitable funding option for your claim. We're transparent about all costs, and we'll work to ensure that funding your claim is as stress-free as possible. We'll explain each option in detail, answer any questions you may have, and guide you through the process every step of the way.
Various factors can influence the length of a birth injury compensation claim. Generally, it can take anywhere from around a minimum of 18 months to several years, depending on the complexity of the case.
The duration of the claim will depend on how long it takes to put all the evidence together, demonstrate that medical negligence happened and get the other party to admit fault. If the case is particularly complicated, or the opposing legal team proves to be uncooperative, this can slow the process down.
You can always trust Switalskis to progress your claim as efficiently as possible, balancing the need for speed with thorough attention to detail, making sure you receive the compensation you deserve. We understand that waiting for a resolution can be stressful, so we pledge to keep you informed at every stage, providing regular updates and transparent communication.
At Switalskis, we understand the profound effects of traumatic birth on the mother, baby and family. Our compassionate and experienced birth trauma lawyers are here to guide you through this difficult journey. Call us today on 0800 1380 458 to take the first step towards healing and justice.