Stillbirth Compensation Solicitors

Professional, compassionate legal advice in the event of a stillbirth

Going through a stillbirth can be one of the most traumatic experiences in life. It can be especially hard to come to terms with if you feel that it could have been avoided. If this is the case, specialist legal advice can help you assess the facts and decide whether or not medical negligence could be to blame.

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StillbirthHow do stillbirths occur?

If a baby dies after 24 weeks of pregnancy, this is classed as a stillbirth. It is a traumatic experience for parents and in particular the mother, who may have to go into labour, or receive a caesarean section. It can result in life-long impacts.

There is a variety of reasons why a stillbirth may occur. This includes infection of the womb or placenta, genetic issues, a condition with the mother and various other problems that can arise.

In many cases the cause of a stillbirth is unknown due to the number of factors that come into play. Unfortunately, stillbirths will sometimes be unpreventable and beyond anyone’s control. However, there are occasions when more could have been done by professionals to save your baby’s life.

You could be entitled to a stillbirth claim if for example a GP or medical professional:

  • Failed to diagnose symptoms in your baby
  • Did not perform routine check-ups or failed to keep records updated
  • Did not refer you to a specialist

This list is not exhaustive and you may still have a claim depending upon your situation and circumstances. If you are unsure whether you may be entitled to compensation, contact our medical negligence solicitors immediately to discuss your situation. Just finding out whether or not there are grounds for a claim could help you to move forward.

When can I make a stillbirth claim?

For stillbirths, most cases commence within three years of the treatment that contributed to or caused the stillbirth. On the one hand, legal action will not be your immediate priority soon after such a devastating event. However, if you think you may want to claim it may be best to do so as soon as you feel ready, while the circumstances are relatively fresh in your mind.

What compensation can I receive?

Whilst nothing can make up for a tragedy such as a stillbirth, compensation can help you to move on and pay for any care or therapy that you and your partner may require. It can also be used to cover funeral costs or any other expenses that may be involved. If you have taken time off work a settlement can recoup your loss of income.

A claim is often about more than just financial compensation. Some parents find real consolation from receiving an official apology or knowing that their claim might lead to improvements in medical processes. This can prevent other parents suffering the same fate and helps the bereaved parents move forward and draw a line under an awful experience.

Our Medical Negligence Specialists

Suzanne Munroe

Director & Solicitor

Sarah Tipton Walker, Medical Negligence Solicitor and Director

Sarah Tipton Walker

Director & Solicitor

Charlotte Reeves, Medical Negligence & Inquest Solicitor

Charlotte Reeves

Director & Solicitor

Kay Barnes

Director & Solicitor

David Thomas


Carmel Walsh

Director & Solicitor

Lisa Swales

Director & Solicitor

Richard Starkie

Director & Solicitor

Robyn Hawxby

Director & Solicitor

Georgina Peckett, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Switalskis

Georgina Peckett

Senior Associate Solicitor

Christopher Noble

Senior Associate

Lucy Wells, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Switalskis Sheffield

Lucy Wells

Associate Solicitor

Sadie Simpson, Medical Negligence & Inquest Solicitor

Sadie Simpson


Helena Tindall, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Huddersfield

Helena Tindall


Laura Simpson


Kate Gelder, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Doncaster

Kate Gelder

Associate Solicitor

Delyth Ann Jones, Medical Neglicence Solicitor, Huddersfield

Delyth Ann Jones

Consultant Solicitor

Christine Griffiths

Associate Solicitor

Linda Smith, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Sheffield

Linda Smith

Associate Solicitor

Belinda Norcliffe, Medical Negligence Solicitor

Belinda Norcliffe


Lisa Mann, Medical Negligence Solicitor

Lisa Mann


Jim Gladman, Medical Negligence & Inquest Solicitor

Jim Gladman


Burhan Akhtar, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Huddersfield

Burhan Akhtar


Heather Kolar, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Huddersfield

Heather Kolar


Sian Morris, Medical Negligence Lawyer, Huddersfield - Switalskis

Sian Stevens

Chartered Legal Executive

Fay Marshall


Tamlin Bolton

Senior Associate Solicitor

Lauren Muir


Julie Dudson

Senior Solicitor

Jack Fox


Heather Smith

Associate Solicitor

Ellie McGuinness

Trainee Solicitor

Rebecca Coupland


Lisa Simpson, Medical Negligence Lawyer, Huddersfield - Switalskis

Lisa Simpson


Jenny Di Sora

Associate Solicitor

Laura Cates

Associate Solicitor

Stephanie Turner

Associate Solicitor

Hannah Cazaly


Jonathan Gray

Solicitor & Professional Support Lawyer

Paisley Laws


Sarah Doyle

Litigation Executive

June Plowman

Litigation Executive

Sheila Marsh

Nurse - Clinical Advisor

Casey Stillman

Litigation Executive

Eleanor Fieldsend


Becky Whitfield

Associate Costs Lawyer

Joanne King

Associate Solicitor

Julie Tansey

Associate Solicitor

Laura Farrell

Associate Solicitor

Laura Armstrong

Associate Solicitor

Rochelle Lambert

Associate Solicitor

Clare Middleton

Associate Solicitor

Emily Bateson


Oliver Head


How are Stillbirth claims funded?

There are various options of funding for claims. Many of our cases are funded using Conditional Fee Agreements, (also called a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement). In a Conditional Fee Agreement, you will only pay for our solicitors’ work if we win the case for you. 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.

How can Switalskis help me?

We believe that it is important to understand what went wrong and why you were subject to negligent treatment. Your feelings are at the forefront of our work and we will strive to gain a successful result. At Switalskis we will provide you with the advice and guidance you need along the way, to give you peace of mind and just compensation. Nobody deserves to suffer stillbirth which could have been avoidable.

Our team includes solicitors who are accredited as specialists by both The Law Society and the patients’ charity, Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). We are also recognised as being among the top Clinical Negligence teams in England by the Legal 500 UK, the foremost legal guide for clients.

Call us on 0800 138 0458 or contact us through the website to talk to a medical negligence solicitor about your circumstances.

What our clients say

"We really appreciate all your efforts and the positive outcome so far of your research and professionalism. You have picked up the baton at the eleventh hour when we were at our lowest point and abandoned by everyone else – thank you so much."

'GM' - Clinical Negligence Client

"I felt comfortable with Ruth and I trusted her. Ruth kept me up-to-date with every detail. I would strongly recommend Switalskis, and Ruth in particular."

'PL' - Clinical Negligence Client

"I would like to thank Jim Gladman and the Switalskis’ team for everything they did for me. A job well done."

'NM' - Medical Negligence Client

"Stephanie Kennedy was brilliant from start to finish."

Clinical Negligence Client

"I was extremely satisfied with how [Claire Garrity] dealt with my case. It was difficult for me and Claire guided me through with consummate skill."

'SH' - Clinical Negligence Client

"This was the first time I’ve had to use a Solicitor, I found [Samantha Spain] very professional and helpful. The experience was much easier and more pleasant than I had feared."

'TM' - Clinical Negligence Client