If you or your baby have suffered an injury during the birth that was due or partly due to medical negligence, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
At PA Duffy, we represent mothers and babies in birth injury claims cases in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Our personal injury team are experienced, understanding and sympathetic and will work tirelessly on your behalf to secure the compensation you are owed for what has happened.
We deal with a full range of birth injury cases, including:
- Cerebral palsy caused by birth injury
- Infection, such as Group B streptococcus or herpes
- Umbilical cord prolapse or cord compression
- Delay in delivery
- Maternal sepsis
- Uterine or placenta rupture
- Forceps birth trauma and ventouse birth trauma
- Erb’s palsy
- Other brachial plexus injuries or nerve damage
- Birth trauma to mother, to include physical and psychological damage
How our birth injury solicitors can help
We know how hard it is likely to be to bring a birth injury compensation claim at what may well be a very difficult time. Our solicitors will take on most of the work on your behalf, making the process as stress-free as possible for you.
We will work proactively to progress your claim without unnecessary delay and will stay in close touch to update you on the steps that are being taken. You will find us easy to contact if you have any questions or you need support from us at any time.
Speak to our birth injury solicitors in Dungannon and Dublin
For a free initial consultation with one of our birth injury experts, call us on 028 8772 2102 (UK) or 01 533 7860 (IE). We will talk through your situation with you and discuss what the first steps are in bringing a birth injury 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 injury compensation claims FAQs
We know that you are likely to have lots of questions about the birth injury claims process. Below are some of the most common queries that our clients have, but please feel free to call us and have a chat if your question isn’t answered here.
How do I make a claim for birth injuries compensation?
If you or your baby has suffered injury following a difficult birth and you believe that this was as a result of negligence on the part of a doctor, midwife or other healthcare practitioner, you are advised to speak to a solicitor as soon as possible.
If you ask us to represent you, we will start by taking details of the event and assess what has happened and who is responsible. We will put together evidence in support of your claim and contact the relevant health trust to advise them of the claim.
We will ask our medical experts to carry out examinations and write a report about the injuries you or your baby have suffered. This will form the basis of your case.
If the other side admits liability, we will negotiate with them to agree on the amount of compensation to be paid to you. Where they deny liability or the amount of compensation offered is not sufficient, your case will go to court. We will ensure that you have our support throughout and that you are represented by an expert birth injuries advocate.
What will I receive compensation for in a birth injuries claim?
Compensation can be awarded for a range of issues, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Reduction in quality of life, or being unable to enjoy normal activities
- Psychological damage
- Financial losses, such as loss of earnings
- Long-term care, for example, if your child will need help throughout his or her life
How much birth injuries compensation will I receive for myself or my baby?
The size of birth injuries compensation payments varies widely depending on the severity of what has happened. In some cases, such as where a child has cerebral palsy, the payout could be millions of pounds.
If you speak to us about your case, we will be able to give you an initial idea of the range of compensation that is generally awarded for the type of injury you or your baby has sustained.
How can I finance a birth injuries compensation claim?
We know that funding a birth injuries compensation claim might be a worry, so we offer a range of options. These include:
- Legal Aid, commonly available for babies and children
- Legal expenses cover
- After the Event insurance (ATE insurance)
- Private payment
Our first consultation is free and we will be happy to discuss funding with you to find the best option for your circumstances.
What is the time limit for bringing a birth injuries compensation claim?
For an adult, there is a three-year time limit for bringing a medical negligence claim. This is known as the limitation period. It runs either from the date of the negligent incident or the date that you became aware of the injury you suffered.
In the case of a child, the three-year time limit runs from the date of their 18th birthday.
Contact our birth injury solicitors in Dungannon and Dublin
Our birth injuries lawyers have a strong track record of success in securing compensation for both mothers and babies following difficult 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.