Injuries to mothers or babies during childbirth due to medical negligence can potentially cause serious conditions and long-term medical problems. In some cases, birth injuries can be life threatening.
Medical professionals have a duty of care when treating patients. They are expected to provide competent and attentive treatment to bring relief to patient’s medical problem. Sometimes medics such as doctors, nurses, midwives and other medical staff make errors whether due to incompetence or lack of judgement. Such mistakes or accidents can potentially cause serious injuries to the mother or the baby.
Injuries to babies can include: –
- Cuts and scars
- Fractures to the skull, arms, legs, or shoulders and collarbone
- Brain injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Hip dysplasia.
Examples of injuries to mothers include: –
- Anaesthetic errors
- Errors in managing pre-eclampsia
- Wrongly performed episiotomies
- Mistakes in suturing tears or episiotomies
- Injuries to organs from caesarean sections
If you believe you or your loved ones have been a victim of medical negligence during childbirth, it’s important to seek expert legal advice.
How we can help?
Here at Lynchpin Law, we specialise in childbirth negligence claims and understand the complex legal and medical issues involved in pursuing a childbirth negligence claim.
Our medical negligence solicitors have a proven track record of winning birth injury claims and they can represent you anywhere in the UK. Being a specialist clinical negligence law firm, we are able to use our legal expertise to investigate your claim and ensure that you the best possible results for your childbirth medical negligence claim.
Please call our expert medical negligence solicitors for a free initial consultation on 0333 3055 202 or start your claim by filling out the form to the right.
We will ensure you receive the best possible care to help you to cope with the situation. This may include:-
- financial assistance for treatments;
- care you require;
- essential equipment;
- assistance with any financial difficulties you may be experiencing.
Your rehabilitation is considered a matter of priority. We aim to process your claim as soon as possible so we can obtain interim payments for you to alleviate any financial stress and to assist you with ongoing rehabilitation.
Medical negligence claims (also known as clinical negligence) are complex cases and can be difficult to prove. Therefore, you need specialist medical negligence solicitors, who have a successful track record of winning medical negligence claims, to represent you.
You should bare in mind the following before making undoubtedly one of the most important decision of your life: –
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is medical negligence?
When medical professionals – such as doctors, surgeons, dentists, nurses etc – make mistakes due to incompetence or lack of judgement, resulting in an injury or further worsening of your existing condition, they essentially fail in their duty of care to you and cause medical negligence (also known as clinical negligence).
There doesn’t have to be an injury for a medical negligence claim. Mistakes by medical professionals can be made in so many ways such as incorrectly diagnosing your condition (misdiagnosis), providing incorrect treatment, carrying out incorrect surgical procedure and many more.
How do I make a medical negligence claim?
Contrary to common belief, making a medical negligence claim is quite straightforward. When you contact us, we provide you a free consultation under a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement in order to assess whether you have a claim and how much compensation you might be able to get.
Once we have obtained your relevant medical records from the hospitals involved and your GP surgery, we request an impartial professional advice from expert witnesses (other healthcare professionals). If the advice is in your favour, your case is insured and further expert witness reports are instructed such as ‘Causation and Liability report’ and ‘Condition and Prognosis report’. We also obtain advice from specialist medical negligence barristers to further strengthen your case.
Letter of Claim:
The above process takes a few months. We then notify the defendants (the healthcare provider you are claiming against) about your claim. If the defendants admit responsibility early then we can settle your claim quite quickly otherwise we may need to issue court proceedings. Once settled, you may receive interim compensation payment ahead of your final settlement payment to help you with your ongoing medical costs and living expenses.
You only pay our fees if you win your case and receive a compensation.
What is ‘No Win No Fee’?
‘No Win No Fee’ means that you only pay us if and when you win your case. Our fee can never exceed your compensation as we, by law, cannot charge you more than 25% of your compensation.
Running a medical negligence claim is quite costly but you incur no fee whatsoever throughout the length of your claim. There are various costs involved even before we know there is a case. We cover all these costs on your behalf giving you peace of mind.
If the case is lost, we waive off our fee whilst all other expenses incurred (such as expert witness reports, barrister’s advice etc.) are paid by the insurance policy that we take out at the beginning of your case.
What is the timescale for medical negligence claims?
You usually need to make a claim within 3 years from the date of knowledge, however, there are certain exceptions such as: –
- Minors (under 18) – medical negligence claims involving children can be made any time before they turn 18. Once they turn 18, they have 3 years to make a claim i.e. before they turn 21.
- Mental Capacity – if a person lacks the capacity to make a claim themselves, no time limit applies.
Date of knowledge means the date you became aware of the issue such as an operation that took place 5 years ago but you started experiencing the complications 3 years down the line. In this scenario, the ‘date of knowledge’ would be the date you first experienced the after effect of the operation.
Can I claim for medical negligence after 3 years? – you may ask. There can be various scenarios when determining the date of knowledge isn’t straightforward. Please feel free to contact our team of medical negligence solicitors for a free advice.
How long will it take to settle my medical negligence claim?
Although we aim to settle most medical negligence claims within 9-12 months, more complicated cases can take up to 2-3 years. It all depends on a number of factors such as the severity of your injury, whether the defendants have accepted their fault and factors such as how quickly we can obtain your medical records etc.
How long does it take to receive a settlement cheque?
Once an offer of settlement for you medical negligence claim is accepted, you should receive your compensation cheque within 14-28 days from the date of settlement. However, this can vary based on a number of factors.
What is your fee?
We work on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis which means that you only pay our fees if you win your case and receive a compensation.
We charge 25% of your compensation at the end of your claim which is agreed from the outset. Your solicitor will keep you fully updated throughout your claim so you know how much compensation you’re expected to receive.
If unfortunately you lose your claim, you walk away without paying anything.
Start your claim by filling out the form below or call 0333 3055 202