Medical negligence during birth

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Medical compensation for birth injuries

One of the most common types of medical claim involves negligence during or associated with giving birth. The UK has one of the worst maternal mortality rates in Europe with 8.2 deaths per 100,000 live births. (Source Guardian).


Birth negligence cases are on the increase as a result of budget cuts and an ever increasing workload. Patients and their children deserve better.

If something goes wrong during before or after childbirth, or resulting from a termination, you or your family may be entitled to claim medical compensationIf you would like to talk to a specialist solicitor about a possible birth related negligence matter, we would be happy to assist. Our specialist team can advise you on any of the following conditions:

  • Cerebral Palsy 
  • Erbs Palsy
  • Pre-Eclampsia 
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Any other labour related issue

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Just a few years ago, the UK had one of the worst maternal mortality rates in Europe with 8.2 deaths per 100,000 live births

We can help with cases involving any of the following circumstances:

Most common types of pregnancy related negligence:

  • Failure to identify fetal distress
  • Injuries to the mother
  • Bony or tissue related injuries to the child such as shoulder Dystocia or hip dislocations. 
  • Brain or nerve related injury including cerebral palsy, Erbs Palsy, brachial plexus and death
  • Post birth problems such as blood loss or mismanaged birthing wounds (episiotomy) 

There are many other situations that could give rise to a claim but the above list represents some of the more common types. Please also read our related pages on pregnancy negligence in the NHS:

There are many other situations that could give rise to a claim but the above list represents some of the more common types. 

For more information - please contact our specialist Birth Injury Legal Team for an informal discussion. We might not be able to turn back the clock, but we can help you get the justice you deserve where you or your family have been the victim of medical negligence.

Please also consider visiting the SANDS charity website who provide support and counselling for those affected by stillbirth and neo-natal death.