Midwives perform a vital service and bring joy into many people’s lives, but if they get things wrong it can have devastating consequences – that is why it is so important to have the option of making a midwife accident claim.
At Accident Advice Helpline we have handled many claims of this type and we understand how hard it can be to deal with the emotions triggered by any problem involving the birth of a child. When something goes wrong, we know it isn’t easy to focus on legal matters, but we also know that a successful claim for compensation can often do a great deal to help. That is why we are ready to assist you 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
When you can claim
You can make a midwife accident claim either because you have been injured, or because your baby has been injured. You may also be able to claim if someone you are related to has died as a result of an error made by a midwife. This is not limited to cases where the midwife took dangerous or improper actions; failure to do something that was clearly necessary can also be grounds for a medical negligence claim.
When an accident involving a midwife occurs, you should get the opinion of another medical professional as soon as possible. This applies even if you don’t immediately realise that there is a problem, for example, if your toddler suddenly starts exhibiting behavioural problems that may be associated with oxygen deprivation at birth. In a case like this, a medical report clarifying what happened will usually be necessary.
When an adult is injured, a compensation claim will need to be made within three years. If the baby has been injured, you will have eighteen years in which to claim, but the sooner you do it the easier it will be to gather the evidence necessary to make a strong case.
Calling us at Accident Advice Helpline is free even if you don’t end up making a claim. We can help you work out if you have a good chance of success and, if we think you do, we can offer you the option of talking to one of our specialist solicitors. All of our solicitors work on a no win, no fee* basis so you won’t need to be wealthy to make a claim. We are used to working with people who are going through difficult times, so you can count on us to be understanding and to make the process as easy and stress-free for you as possible.
The importance of making a claim
Some people worry that making a claim like this could bankrupt the midwife concerned; in fact, professional midwives normally have medical liability insurance, so this is unlikely to be an issue. Your claim is only likely to be a serious problem for a midwife who has a history of receiving complaints, as this could lead to rejection by agencies – but in this type of case your claim will help to make other families safer.
A successful claim can help fund care and practical support that will make it easier for you or your child to recover from injuries and lead a normal life. If necessary, it can help provide long-term care for a child left with serious problems and in many cases it is the best way to ensure that your family gets the help that it needs.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: July 27, 2014
Author: David Brown