Neonatal Death Compensation Claims

Losing a child in the first days of their life is every parent’s worst fear and deaths caused by medical negligence can be even more difficult to deal with. At JMW, our specialist solicitors can help you to claim compensation if the negligence of a medical professional was responsible for your child’s death. 

Knowing where to turn after such a traumatic event may seem impossible but our legal experts will do their utmost to help you seek justice in the aftermath of this life-changing experience. We have years of experience of working on medical negligence cases and have helped many families who have had similar experiences to you. 

We are highly experienced in helping families who have endured such a difficult time. To speak to the experts at JMW about your situation and find out how we can help you and your family, call us on 0345 872 6666 or complete an online enquiry form and we will contact you at a time that is suitable for you.

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How JMW Can Help

At JMW our solicitors believe that although nothing could ever compensate a family for the death of a child due to medical negligence they do deserve a financial award to help them to pick up the pieces. We regularly help parents across the UK to make a claim that can help them to rebuild their lives following their devastating loss. 

If you believe that your child’s death was caused by medical negligence we can help. We have solicitors who are members of the Law Society’s specialist clinical negligence panel and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors’ panel. We are named as a Tier 1 firm in legal industry guides Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 and are among the UK’s foremost authorities on medical negligence. 

We will support you every step of the way throughout the legal process and provide a compassionate and sensitive service. 
Making a compensation claim will not only help families financially but may also help you to find answers that may not have been given to you at the time of your child’s death. Finding out the truth can help to bring some closure and help bereaved parents to come to terms with what has happened.


What does neonatal death mean? 

A neonatal death refers to a baby who has died  within the first 28 days following their birth. 

What are the most common causes of neonatal death? 

In the majority of cases neonatal deaths are linked to premature birth due to the higher risk of health problems such as infections. However, there are other reasons why a baby may not survive if they are born at full term. These include: 

  • Genetic disorders
  • Complications during or after birth
  • Infections
  • Medical negligence 

Sometimes the cause of death is clear and information about what happened is available. However, in some cases there is no satisfactory explanation offered.

What support is available for parents who have lost a child?

There are a number of organisations that exist to help families to cope after suffering the loss of a baby. Run by individuals who have first-hand experience of the devastation brought by a neonatal death, they look to offer support, campaign for better care and promote the need for research into stillbirth and neonatal deaths. 

We advise our clients to speak to the following organisations in their time of need: 

  • Stillbirth and neonatal death charity (Sands)

Sands has been helping women and their families cope with the death of a baby for more than 25 years by offering emotional support and practical help. Many of the individuals who work for Sands have lost a baby themselves, meaning they understand the pain and distress that such an event can cause. Sands has a network of local support groups nationwide that provide invaluable help to families at this difficult time. 

Visit the Sands website for information to guide women, their partners and families through the many challenging stages they face following a neonatal death. 

The helpline is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and also between 6pm and 10pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The number is 020 7436 5882

  • The Birth Trauma Association

The Birth Trauma Association (BTA) helps people who have suffered trauma as a result of childbirth, including if they have experienced a neonatal death. Established by mothers in a bid to help women who have suffered a traumatic birth, the BTA offers a wealth of information about birth trauma and how to cope on its website.

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