Giving birth should be a truly special time in anyone’s life. But, what should you do if something terrible happens during your pregnancy or whilst you are giving birth?
Both you and your baby could be terribly injured and, as horrendous as it may sound, it does happen. And, when it happens because another person has been negligent, which simply means that it was someone else’s fault, you may be eligible to claim for compensation.
Asons are a specialist compensation claim solicitors. We can advise on the likelihood of any claim you make being successful – we just need a few minutes of your time.
Speak to one of our experienced compensation claims advisors free of charge today on 01204 521 133 or on live chat for a consultation. Alternatively, you can fill in one of our claims forms or use our Compensation Calculator, and we’ll call you back.
Why Do Birth Injuries Occur?
There are a number of reasons why birth injuries might occur, but the ones that appear to be most common are from:
- errors that appear in the antenatal screening and scanning
- physical injuries to mothers that have occurred during pregnancy or birth
- stillbirths or neonatal deaths
The current state of the NHS is also a cause for concern. The cuts in funding have meant cuts in staffing levels and midwives have been as affected as much as all other areas of the NHS.
This decrease in staffing levels has had a terrible impact on care, and unless there are drastic changes, it’s only set to get worse. This is why we’ve seen a surge in the number of birth injury negligence claims over the past few years.
If you believe that you, or your baby, have suffered a birth injury and you think it may be due to negligence, contact us. We can tell you quickly and easily if your claim for compensation is likely to be successful.
Types of Birthing Injuries
There are many different types of birthing injuries. Here’s list of some of the most common ones we deal with at Asons:
- Ectopic Pregnancy Compensation Claims
- Rhesus Disease Compensation Claims
- Pre-eclampsia Compensation Claims
- Stillbirth Compensation Claims
- Gestational Diabetes Compensation Claims
- Cerebral Palsy Compensation Claims
- Congenital Hip Dysplasia Claims
- Hyperbillirubinermia and Kernicterus Compensation Claims
- Retained Products of Conception
However, this is not a full list of all claims we are experienced in, so if you don’t see your diagnosis in the list above, contact us and we’ll advise if your situation allows for a claim for compensation to be made.
It’s Not Personal
Claiming compensation is not personal. Each and every healthcare professional working in the UK has to be covered by professional insurance, for time just like this. And those working in the birthing suites are not exception.
Even if that healthcare professional is a trusted friend, as midwives can often become, if negligence has occurred, you should still explore the possibility of claiming – it’s to help you and your baby. And, if your claim is successful, your compensation is paid by the insurance company. It does not come out of the pocket of the person who’s guilty of negligence.
Think of how car insurance works, this works the same. A driver takes out a policy to cover the costs of being in an accident, that’s considered to be their fault. When the other person in the accident makes a claim for whiplash, for example, it’s your insurance company that makes the payment if the claim succeeds – not the driver.
People are afraid of making claims for compensation, but there’s nothing to be frightened of, we’ll help you through the process, every step of the way.
If you’d like to know more about the reasons people don’t claim, and how we can help, read Eight Reasons Why People Who Should Claim for Compensation, Don’t!
Why you Should Make a Claim for Compensation
Compensation is designed to help you. It’s meant to make your everyday life as normal as possible for you and your family.
So, if you’ve suffered from birth injury, that is preventing you from returning to work – that’s what compensation is for!
Maybe your child was born with cerebral palsy, and as they grow they’ll need expensive medical equipment, such as wheelchairs and hoists, just to cope with everyday life – that’s what compensation is for!
Or maybe your child now requires constant nursing care that you can’t cope with – that’s what compensation is for!
Our solicitors can provide expert claim advice in a FREE consultation if you are unsure; simply call 01204 521 133.
How Much Will I Get?
Everyon’e’s claim is entirely different, so it is difficult to advise accurately. However, our Medical Negligence Compensation Calculator may provide a rough estimate of what you may receive. These estimates are based on your injuries and also other factors, such as psychological problems and missed time at work.
‘No Win No Fee’
At Asons Solicitors, we have taken the risk out of making a claim for all of our clients, which is why over 98% of our claims are No Win No Fee. This way, we can allow everyone access to justice, regardless of their financial position. If you choose to make a claim with us, there are no upfront fees or unexpected costs, as we take on the risk for you.
More on ‘No Win, No Fee’ here.
Our Experience of Handling Claims for Birthing Injury and Obstetrics Claims
Asons have a team of highly experienced legal experts, who deal with compensation claims for birthing and obstetrics claims. They will be able to let you know quickly and easily, if you are able to make a successful claim for compensation.
Asons Keep it Simple!
At Asons, we like to keep it simple. We promise to:
- avoid the complicated legal jargon, wherever we can. We find it confuses people and makes them feel like they don’t know what‘s going on.
- give you a dedicated claims handler, who will deal with your case from the beginning right through to the end. Of course, there may be times when this is not possible. When this happens, you will be kept fully informed of why and who will be taking over
- explain what’s happening with the case, as it progresses, in a clear and concise manner
- be available for you when you need us. It’s important that you feel like you can contact us, to ask questions or for clarification, whenever you need to.
In short, we’ll take all the stress for you, so you don’t have to!
The law states that any claim for compensation for birthing and obstetrics must be brought within three years of the negligence happening or three years from the date that you realised the negligence caused a more serious condition. This time limit is known as a ‘statute of limitations’ and applies to most situations. However, there are some exceptions to this rule – contact us to find out more.
‘No Win, No Fee’
We don’t believe that those who’ve suffered negligence at the hands of another should be out-of-pocket, whilst their claim progresses. That’s why we use the ‘no win, no fee’ system.
More on ‘no win, no fee’ here.
All you need to do is call us and speak to one of our specialist compensation claim solicitors. At this stage, it’s a free, informal chat – you’re not obliged to anything. We’ll need just a few minutes of your time to assess the chances of your case being successful. And, if you’d like to go ahead, we’ll get the ball rolling immediately.