At Accident Advice Helpline, we have years of experience handling sensitive cases, so if you have been the victim of medical negligence and need midwife accident advice, we can help. Whether it is you, your partner, or your child who has been injured, we can ensure that you fully understand your legal options and, if circumstances warrant it, help you make a claim for compensation.
Your call to our 24-hour free helpline is completely confidential, and no matter what you decide to do there is no obligation. You will find our highly trained staff to be sympathetic and straightforward; we won’t pressure you into making any commitment or try to confuse you with legalese, but instead will listen to your concerns and do our best to answer all your questions in language you can understand. If you have a legally valid case and want to take action, we will put you in touch with one of our specialist medical negligence solicitors who will be able to advise you on the best way to move forward with your claim.
A valid case
There are three main considerations that will determine whether or not your case is legally valid. First, in most cases your claim will have to be made within three years of the accident if an adult is injured or, in the case of a child, within three years of the child turning eighteen years of age. Second, there will need to be a medical report of the injuries involved (and not just the midwife’s own notes). Third, the accident will need to have been caused either by something the midwife did wrong or as the result of something important that the midwife should have done, but didn’t. The accident – and corresponding injury(s) – cannot simply be a result of bad luck.
In any case, it is always better to talk to a solicitor sooner rather than later, as this will help to ensure that your rights are protected from the start. In some situations, the solicitor may actually advise holding off for a while before moving the case forward especially if it is the baby that has been injured, as in some cases it may take time for the full extent of the injury or damage to be known. This approach will help to ensure that you receive the level of compensation that you are entitled to.
What compensation can do
Professional midwives normally have medical liability insurance which protects them from facing personal ruin in the event of a successful claim. This insurance also protects you by providing you with the ability to claim for a much larger amount than an individual would ever be able to pay.
Getting the proper compensation for an injury resulting from a midwife accident is particularly important if it is your child who has been injured as it can help to fund the support required to deal with long-term problems including physical disabilities and the difficulties associated with brain damage, and could make a big differences to your child’s ongoing quality of life.
When an adult is injured, compensation can provide cover for lost earnings. It can also help cover reasonable transport costs associated with the case. Your Accident Advice Helpline solicitor will be able to give you extensive midwife accident advice that covers all these issues and more, so give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: July 27, 2014
Author: David Brown