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Have you suffered from
medical negligence?

If you receive substandard or inappropriate medical care and you're injured as a result, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

Pregnancy and Birth Injuries

We understand that complications during pregnancy or childbirth are sometimes unavoidable.

However, if you or your child have suffered as a result of inappropriate or inadequate care, you may be entitled to compensation.

Pregnancy and birth injuries can have life-long consequences, and claiming compensation can help relieve the financial pressure caused by an incident that could have been avoided.


We can also help with cases relating to failed vasectomy or sterilisation and other obstetrics and gynaecology related claims.

Understanding what should have happened

Understanding the level of care you should have received is often the first step to understanding whether you’ve experienced medical negligence. Our friendly legal services advisors will listen to what happened to see if we can help.

For guidance on the care you should expect during labour, you can read the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence booklet: ‘Care of women and their babies during labour’.

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.

Our solicitors

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.

Pregnancy and Birth Injuries

"There could be life long affects and costs associated with medical negligence".
Angelina Rigby, medical negligence solicitor

The Claims Process

"My job is to guide you through the process and answer any questions".
Rob, Legal Services Advisor