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Midwife Negligence Claims
If you or your baby have suffered illness or injury due to errors that were made by a midwife, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced solicitors will guide you throughout the legal process, handling your case with the delicacy and sensitivity it deserves.
We are highly experienced in helping people through what can be a particularly challenging time - and we are here to help you too.
Speak to a member of the team today by calling us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry formand we will call you back at a convenient time to discuss your situation. We are able to take on cases on a no win no fee basis.
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The unpredictable nature of birth means that certain injuries to either mother or child may be unavoidable. However, some are caused by human error and can be life-changing in their severity.
The clinical negligence team at JMW is among the highest-regarded in the UK. We are known for our professional and proactive approach, which gets results for our clients, as well as our compassion and understanding of what our clients are going through.
We are well versed in suing the NHS and private healthcare providers on behalf of clients who have suffered due to malpractice.
Our team, which is headed by leading solicitor Eddie Jones, includes members of the Law Society’s specialist panel for clinical negligence solicitors and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel. We are in your corner and will go the extra mile to ensure your claim is as stress-free as possible.
Making a Claim for Midwife Negligence
Midwives provide a very important role and in the majority of cases offer an excellent service. However, mistakes can be made that can have extremely serious consequences. A midwife error can have long-lasting effects for the mother and baby that can change their lives forever.
Claiming compensation represents a way for those affected by the incident to get their lives back to how they were beforehand - or at least as close as can be.
Reasons as to why mistakes are made by midwives can vary. They can often be down to an individual, or it could be due to the midwife being overworked, overstressed or struggling to look after a high number of patients. Regardless of where the blame lies, it is important for you to seek compensation to make up for the injuries or illnesses caused
What types of birth injury can be caused by midwife negligence?
Examples of birth injuries that can result from midwife negligence include:
This is an extremely serious condition that is caused by asphyxiation during birth and can occur either when forceps are used incorrectly or if the baby remains in the birth canal for too long. It can lead to serious disabilities and sufferers will likely require care and equipment throughout their lives.
Shoulder dystocia is also referred to as 'stuck shoulders' and can occur if the head of the baby is delivered but the shoulders are too large to easily pass, impacting the mother's pelvis. This can lead to the baby suffering a neck injury that can cause damage to the nerves controlling the shoulder, arm or hand muscles. Shoulder dystocia should be identified in labour and action taken to ensure injury is avoided.
Congenital hip dysplasia is a genetic condition of the hip joint, for which midwives should screen newborn babies and further examine at six month. If a prognosis is not made prior to the baby beginning to walk, this could lead to lifelong complications and may require surgery or additional care and equipment as the baby grows up.
These are just a few examples of the injuries that can be caused by any negligence on the part of a midwife. Other examples include:
- Brain injuries
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Fractured or broken bones
- Birth defects
- Injuries to the mother
Given the seriousness of many of these injuries, it is essential that compensation can be sought to help out with the extra financial burden that these conditions can bring.