Being injured during what should be a special time for you can leave you feeling emotionally and physically distraught. Every mother is entitled to a reasonable quality of antenatal care. Your midwife, nurse, or doctor should support you to detect any signs which could lead to a birth injury.

We understand the devastating effects an injury during birth can have on you and your family members. We’re here to support you, get answers and claim maternity negligence compensation for your injuries. Contact our team of specialist solicitors to see if you can make a claim.

We’ve helped mothers across the UK make claims for a wide range of birth injuries, including:

  • Perineal tears
  • Fissures
  • Anaesthetic errors
  • Incorrect suturing (stitching)
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Failure to manage pre-eclampsia or other infections.

This list isn’t exhaustive. If you sustained a different injury while giving birth, contact our team to see if we can help.

We can also help if you’ve sustained another pregnancy or gynaecology injury, or your child has been injured during birth.

Most of the claims we oversee are on a no win no fee basis, which means you won't pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful*.

Why choose us to help with your maternity negligence injury?

We’re the largest medical negligence teamin the UK, giving us an unrivalled set of expertise. Each specialist lawyer approaches claims with care, understanding, and a high level of knowledge. They’ll help you get the answers you deserve, as well as compensation to make up for your pain and injury, and financial losses.

We’ve offices around the UK, which means there’ll be an expert near you. If it’s easier, we can arrange video or phone calls, or discuss your claim via email. We’ll always work in a way that’s best for you.

As well as having tailored advice from our expert lawyers, you’ll be supported by our Support and Rehabilitation coordinators. They’re experts in getting you the support you need, whether it’s emotional or physical support. We work closely with birth trauma charities and organisations around the UK, which means the support will be local to you, including:

  • The MASIC Foundation
  • The Birth Trauma Association
  • Make Birth Better.

Once you get your compensation, you might be worried about your money being there when you need it. Our Asset Management team will be on hand to make sure your money is used to pay for things you need and help you in the future.

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Birth Injury To Mother Claims - More Information

Client Story ‐ Julie's Story

Louise Forsyth

“The birth of a child should be a joyous occasion but it was a nightmare for Julie.

"We’ve persevered for over five years to get her the compensation she deserves. We’re delighted to finally secure a settlement for Julie after those responsible denied liability for so long.” - Louise Forsyth, Solicitor

Frequently Asked Questions

How can a maternal birth injury be caused?

Your midwife and obstetrician have a duty to make sure that your birth goes as smoothly as possible. Injuries sometimes occur naturally during birth, but mistakes by medical staff can lead to avoidable injuries.

The person treating you should recognise the risks that an injury may occur and take precautions to avoid this from happening. There are several mistakes that can be made during birth procedures, such as:

  • Caesarean sections – If a caesarean is delayed you may sustain injuries to other organs, damage to nerves or blood vessels, or perforated intestines (a hole develops in the small intestine).
  • Placental abruption – This happens when the placenta becomes detached from the uterus wall before your baby is delivered. It’s essential that medical professionals recognise the signs of this condition early on and monitor you carefully to minimise any risks. In extreme cases, this condition can be fatal for the mother and/or the baby.
  • Pre-eclampsia – This condition affects some women during the second half of their pregnancy or shortly after their baby is delivered. The warning signs should be picked up during antenatal appointments, including protein presence in urine and high blood pressure (hypertension). If this condition isn’t treated correctly, blood clotting can occur.
  • Anaesthesia – If anaesthetic is given to you in the wrong quantity there can be serious consequences. These can include brain injuries (because the brain can become starved of oxygen), nerve injuries, and unnecessary pain during the delivery due to consciousness.
  • Episiotomies – Medical professionals can decide to make cuts into your perineum and vaginal wall to make your birth easier and to avoid extensive tearing. Unfortunately, this procedure is sometimes performed unnecessarily or incorrectly, leading to pain, bruising, and incontinence.
  • Perineal tears – Tears during the birth are common but these can also occur from negligent treatment. It’s essential that all tears are detected and treated correctly. The severity of tears is graded from first to fourth degree, with third- and fourth-degree tears often needing stitches or further surgery. Stitches must be maintained properly by your doctor as these can become infected or heal incorrectly.
  • Assisted deliveries – Forceps or a ventouse suction cup can be used to help deliver your baby’s head if your child is in an awkward position. If these procedures aren’t performed correctly, conditions such as perineal tears, urinary/faecal (bowel) incontinence and damage to the uterus/bladder can be caused.

Can I make a no win no fee birth injury to mother claim?

Yes, most of our maternity negligence claims use no win no fee agreements.

Please visit our no win no fee page for more information on how we can help you with funding your case.

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Our support for the Birth Trauma Association.

We work with the Birth Trauma Association (BTA), an organisation which helps women who suffer birth injuries including post natal post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The group is made up of mothers who wish to support women who are finding it hard to cope after childbirth.

The BTA aims to do help mothers by raising awareness of birth trauma, working to prevent difficult deliveries where possible and by supporting families who are in need.

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