Stillbirth Compensation Claims
A stillbirth is when a baby dies in the womb after 24 weeks of pregnancy. Stillbirths are devastating for parents, and it is entirely natural that they will want answers as to how it happened. If you have experienced a stillbirth and believe that it may have been due to medical negligence or other factors, you may have the option to pursue a compensation claim.
At P.A Duffy & Co Solicitors, we represent mothers and fathers in stillbirth claims cases in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Our medical negligence team are experienced, understanding and sympathetic and will work tirelessly on your behalf to secure the compensation you are owed for what has happened.
Here are some common types of stillbirth negligence claims:
Failure to Monitor Foetal Health
Delayed or Inadequate Treatment
Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose
Negligent C-Section Decisions
Negligence During Delivery
Failure to Provide Adequate Prenatal Care
Inadequate Staffing or Supervision
How do I make a claim for stillbirth compensation?
If you have suffered a stillbirth 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.
A medical negligence claim can also be initiated following, or in conjunction with, a Coroner’s inquest. The findings of the inquest will often inform the facts of the negligence case and can assist in establishing liability against a hospital or health care trust. If it is established that the stillbirth was the result of negligence the family will be entitled to be compensated for their loss.
What will I receive compensation for in a stillbirth claim?
Compensation in stillbirth claims is typically intended to cover various damages and losses you have suffered as a result of the stillbirth. Here are some common types of compensation you may receive:
Funeral and Burial Expenses
Pain and Suffering
Loss of Consortium
Counselling and Therapy
How much stillbirth compensation will I receive for myself and my partner?
In a stillbirth claim, the compensation you may receive can vary depending on several factors, including the specific circumstances of the case, the jurisdiction in which you file the claim, and the laws that apply.
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 negligence you have endured.
How can I finance a stillbirth compensation claim?
We know that funding a stillbirth compensation claim might be a worry, so we offer a range of options. These include:
Legal expenses cover
After the Event insurance (ATE insurance)
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 in the UK and a two-year time limit for the Republic of Ireland. 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 (UK) and two-year (ROI) time limit runs from the date of their 18th birthday.
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