When something goes wrong during birth it can be extremely distressing and can leave you unsure as to what to do. Accident Advice Helpline is available round the clock with free, no-obligation birth negligence advice. Our advisers are highly trained, friendly and sympathetic, and will talk through your case with you and help you to understand your options.
When does negligence apply?
Sometimes, sadly, things go wrong in childbirth that no-one could have prevented. It isn’t possible to claim compensation for bad luck, but there are other forms of practical and emotional support that are available, and your GP or hospital doctors will be able to direct you to them.
Negligence applies in cases where a doctor, nurse, midwife or other medical professional has made a mistake, done something that they should have known was wrong, or failed to do something that is a part of standard procedures designed to ensure the safety of mother and child. If this has happened in your situation, you may be able to make a claim. This will normally need to be done within three years of the birth and the problems caused by negligence will need to have been assessed by a doctor. This means that if, for instance, the baby is doing well at first but later shows signs of problems that could have been caused during the birth, a doctor will need to assess those problems as they are, as a legal case cannot hinge solely on records of the birth. The same might apply to psychological problems that don’t appear straight away.
Normally, records from your GP and midwife or hospital staff will suffice. In some cases, an independent assessment is needed but if so we can help to arrange this.
If you decide that you want Accident Advice Helpline to help you make a legal claim, you can call us at any time, even if you have previously told us that you didn’t want to. If we think you have a legitimate case for compensation, a skilled medical negligence solicitor will start collecting evidence. Having an expert on your side gives you the best possible chance of success.
We work on a no win, no fee basis, which means that you won’t have to pay us anything in the unfortunate event that your case is unsuccessful. It guarantees that we’ll work hard for a positive outcome. As you won’t need any money to start your claim, this approach gives you access to high quality legal representation regardless of your financial situation.
What compensation means
Winning compensation means that you’ll not only receive money to help make up for your suffering, you will also receive money to cover certain on-going costs – for instance, the cost of special equipment you may need in your home if you are left to raise a disabled child.
If you need birth negligence advice, don’t hesitate to phone us. We won’t pressure you, but we know from experience that you will feel stronger when you’re back in control.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown