A difficult birth can leave a new mother with lasting physical and psychological issues. If you have suffered birth trauma during your baby’s birth and you believe that this was because your medical team was negligent, you may be entitled to compensation.
At PA Duffy, we bring medical negligence claims on behalf of mothers who have experienced inadequate care during pregnancy or childbirth. Our birth trauma solicitors are known for their sympathetic and caring approach and will do all they can to make the claims process as easy for you as possible.
We represent women in a full range of birth trauma claims, including:
- Vaginal tears
- Injury from episiotomy
- Unusually heavy bleeding (post-partum haemorrhage)
- Damage to organs
- Prolapsed uterus
- Ruptured uterus
- PTSD as a result of a traumatic experience resulting from negligence
If your baby has also been injured as a result of negligence on the part of your doctor, midwife or other healthcare provider, you may be entitled to bring a claim for compensation on their behalf as well.
How our birth trauma solicitors can help
We understand that this will be a difficult time for you, dealing with the ongoing physical, psychological and emotional effects of the birth trauma while also caring for your baby. If you ask us to represent you, we will take on as much of the work as we can on your behalf.
We will ensure that we keep you updated as to the progress of your claim and that we are available to speak to you as necessary to answer your questions.
Speak to our birth trauma solicitors in Dungannon and Dublin
For a free initial consultation with one of our expert birth trauma solicitors, call us on 028 8772 2102 (UK) or 01 533 7860 (IE). We will talk through what has happened and discuss the process of bringing a birth trauma compensation claim. We can also answer any questions you may have.
Alternatively, you can fill in our online Contact Form and we will ring you.
Birth trauma compensation claims FAQs
How do I make a claim for birth injuries compensation?
The first step in bringing a compensation claim for birth trauma caused by negligence on the part of your medical practitioners is to speak to a legal expert. You can have a free initial consultation with one of our birth trauma lawyers to discuss whether you are eligible to make a claim.
If you decide to go ahead with your case, we will meet with you to go through the precise details of what happened and how it has impacted your health and your life. We will contact the health authority responsible and advise them of your intention to make a compensation claim for childbirth injuries.
We work with a number of birth trauma medical experts and we will ask one of them to examine you and prepare a medical report. If you have more than one issue, you may need to see more than one expert. If your injuries are long term, you may need to see your medical experts again after a period of time has elapsed so that they can assess your progress and what your prognosis is likely to be.
If you need private medical treatment or therapy, we will request payment for this during the course of your case, so that you do not have to wait to have the help that you need.
We will work with you to calculate the amount of compensation that we believe you are owed and notify the solicitors for the health authority of the amount of your claim. If they admit liability, we will enter into negotiations with them over the size of your compensation payment.
If an agreement cannot be reached or they do not admit liability, we will prepare a strong case for court on your behalf, where you will be represented by an expert in negligent birth trauma.
What compensation is paid for birth trauma negligence?
If your claim is agreed, you will be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of amenity, or being unable to do things you used to do
- Financial losses, to include loss of earnings and travel costs to medical appointments
- The cost of medical treatment or therapy that is not provided by the NHS
- Ongoing care costs, if you need a professional carer or care from a relative
- Adaptations that need to be made to your home or equipment you may need
How do I finance a birth trauma negligence claim?
We understand that the issue of costs may be of concern to you, and we are able to offer different funding options, including:
- Legal Aid, available in some instances
- Cover provided by legal expenses insurance
- After the Event insurance (ATE insurance)
- Private payment
If you ring us for a free initial discussion, we can answer any questions you may have about costs.
What is the time limit for birth trauma claim for compensation?
You will usually have three years in which to start a birth trauma damages claim. This is known as the limitation period and it runs from the date of the negligence or, if you were not immediately aware of the damage caused, from the date that you became aware.
Contact our birth trauma lawyers in Dungannon and Dublin
Our birth trauma solicitors have a strong track record of success in securing compensation for mothers following problematic births. To speak to one of our team, call us now on 028 8772 2102 (UK) or 01 533 7860 (IE)
Alternatively, you can Make An Online Enquiry and we’ll contact you promptly.
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