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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Can I claim for birth negligence?


    You can claim for birth negligence as you would for any other serious medical failing. As long as you do so within the legal limit – usually three years – and doctors agree that you, your child or both have suffered significant harm, you stand a good chance of success.

    Accident Advice Helpline has helped many people claim in cases like this. We realise that it is one of the most difficult situations anyone can have to deal with and we will do all we can to make the legal process simpler for you. You can call us whenever it is convenient for you, regardless of the time of day or night. We will help you to explore your legal options without any pressure. We understand if you need time to think about things, and calling us will not cost you anything or mean that you have to pursue a claim with us.

    How we can help

    After you have had the chance to think it over, if you decide you would like to make a claim with our assistance then we will provide legal representation. For a case like this you will need a specialist medical negligence solicitor. Because Accident Advice Helpline is a national organisation with access to a large pool of talent, we will usually be able to find this for you quickly. If we can’t find a suitable solicitor who lives in your local area, we will arrange for you to conduct your legal business over the phone so that you will not need to worry about travel. We can also do this if travelling is simply too difficult for you, such as if your child is disabled as a result of what happened and you are a full-time carer.

    Any legal work we do for you will be on a no-win, no-fee basis. This means that you will not need money to start your case and if we are unsuccessful you will not have to pay us at all. You should save any receipts for the travel you undertake or for other expenses related to the case. If you pass these to your solicitor it will often be possible to get them reimbursed as part of the claim.

    What a successful claim means

    A successful claim for birth negligence contains several elements. Firstly there is money to make up for the suffering you have been through. Secondly, there is money to help you to cope with the ongoing difficulties you may have as a result, such as adaptations to the home that you or your child need in order to cope with day-to-day activities. Thirdly, there is money to cover expenses, including things such as lost earnings if you had planned to return to work and were unable to do so because of what happened.

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    There may also be money to fund things such as counselling if your doctor says they could be helpful. Your settlement will aim to give you and your child the closest thing possible to a normal life following what has happened to you. It can’t solve all your problems, but it can make your life a lot better than it is now.

    To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

    Date Published: December 29, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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