What are birth injuries?
The term ‘birth injuries’ means any physical injury or psychological trauma to a mother or a child suffered during labour or childbirth.
Has your baby sustained a birth injury?
Having a baby should be one of the most special times in your life, but many new mothers have experienced the distress and anxiety of giving birth to a child with health difficulties.
If your child has been injured as a result of medical negligence, we understand how devastating this is for you and your family, particularly if the effects are severe. Conditions such as cerebral palsy, and Erb's palsy - paralysis of the arm, can be caused by complications during birth.
Birth injury claims
Birth injuries can, unfortunately, have life-long consequences, and receiving compensation can help ensure you get the financial support you need.
It’s important to remember that you’re not making a claim against an individual doctor, nurse, or midwife, and doing so will not adversely affect the standard of care you, or anyone else will receive in future. If your claim is successful, your compensation will be paid by the NHS Litigation Authority, which is funded by all NHS Trusts.
Birth injury claims can be made against both NHS hospitals and private healthcare providers.
We have a network of leading medical negligence specialists, with extensive experience in birth injury claims. This means your solicitor will understand the challenges you face, and will be there every step of the way.
How it works
We’ve been helping the victims of medical negligence claim compensation since 1993, and we use all of our experience to make starting a birth injury claim as straightforward as possible.
Our team of friendly, legal services advisors will ask you to explain what happened, and then help you understand whether you’re eligible to claim compensation. If so, they will put you in touch with the right medical negligence solicitor to handle your claim. Our service is free and you’ll never be put under pressure to claim compensation if you feel it’s not right for you.
If you’d like more information on what’s involved, read our page on what to expect.
We can also put you in touch with other organisations that can help, including Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) for further advice and support - just ask one of our legal services advisors for a Positive Resolution Pack.