Labour and Birth Injury Compensation Solicitors Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee
If you or your child suffered an injury during labour or birth, and you believe it could have been prevented, or that a medical professional acted negligently, our team can help you claim compensation.
Our specialist medical negligence team here at Calio Claims have helped many people recover with financial compensation following a labour or birth injury. We fully understand what you are going through and strive to make the process of bringing a claim as straightforward as possible at what may be a very difficult time for you. To discuss your specific circumstances with someone who can help, contact our team today by calling 0800 988 8082, alternatively you can complete our online enquiry form and a specialist will get back to you right away. We look forward to helping you and your family recover.
Pregnancy and birth is an exciting time for parents, but it can also be a daunting experience. In most cases, the birth is without complications and no injury to mother or child. However, there are risks, and there are occasions when something does go wrong. When difficulties occur, they can often be life changing, having a significant impact on the everyday life of your family.
Some injuries that can occur due to negligence during labour include:
- brain injury to the baby (Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy)
- birth injury to the mother
- brachial plexus injury and /shoulder dystocia
You can claim compensation if it can be shown ‘on the balance of probability’ that the mother or child sustained a direct injury as a result of the treatment provided during labour and/or birth, and this treatment fell below the medically acceptable standards. If you or your child suffered an injury during birth or labour, and you believe the injury was caused as a result of negligence on the part of a healthcare professional, contact us today. We will be able to advise you on the likelihood of a successful claim and guide you through the process from start to finish. We understand that this may be a particularly busy and stressful time for you, so we aim to make bringing a claim as straightforward as possible.
What can I claim compensation for?
The amount of compensation you can claim will depend greatly on your circumstances and the severity of the injury. However, there are certain things that you can claim for. Our expert solicitors can assist you in receiving compensation for:
- injuries to you or your child as a result of negligence
- medical treatment, rehabilitation or aftercare which may be required to aid your recovery
- loss of earnings and associated benefits
- assistance your relatives have provided to you.
This is not an exhaustive list, and with years of experience in handling labour and birth injury claims our solicitors will ensure that you are fully compensated for all of the ways in which you have suffered loss.
What should I do if I have sustained a labour or birth injury?
First of all, you should arrange to meet with your medical practitioners to discuss your case and we recommend that you diarise the events following the alleged negligence including conversations with your medical team.
You should also keep a record of the name of the expert(s) whom you hold responsible for the negligence. Your solicitor can request copies of your medical records on your behalf.
There is a three-year time limit on personal injury claims if the injury was sustained by the mother. If the child has sustained injury, they have three years from the date of their 16th birthday to make a claim for compensation.
For your lawyer to assess when these periods would start running, you should get in touch with them as soon as possible once you suspect there may have been negligence.
Contact our birth injury claims lawyers today
Due to the complex nature of labour and birth claims, if you have a concern that you wish to discuss please contact our specialist team who can provide the appropriate support and advice. We have expert experience and understanding in handling labour and birth injury cases and can advise you fully of your position. We have offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee with our Dundee office serving Aberdeen and the North of Scotland. Call us today on 0800 988 8082 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our team will get back to you right away.