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  • Overview

    The leading specialist birth injury lawyers

    Contact one of our specialist birth injury lawyers for a free initial consultation to find out if we can investigate your case with the financial security of a no win no fee agreement.

    When can you make a compensation claim for birth injury?

    A birth injury involving an injury to a newborn has a profound impact on the whole family. Ensuring the right amount of compensation is paid can give someone access to the support they need throughout their lives and ease the care load for loved ones.

    Our overriding aim is to protect the interests of you and your child in order to achieve the most advantageous outcome for the long term. We make sure your case is fully investigated and guide you carefully through each step of the claim process. Giving a personal service and acting with sensitivity are important to us.

    You can make a birth injury compensation claim when medical negligence has resulted in an injury to the newborn baby. These cases often include:

    • Cerebral palsy
    • Erb's palsy (or brachial plexus injury)
    • Subgaleal haemorrhage (damage to the scalp)
    • Deafness
    • Stillbirth


    Birth injury compensation claims can arise for many reasons, including:

    • Failure of foetal monitoring
    • Inadequate monitoring
    • Midwife delays in seeking medical assistance
    • Mishandling ventouse or forceps delivery
    • Delay in referring for caesarean section
    • Hyper-stimulating uterus with oxytocin
    • Oxytocin subscription error
    • Failure to warn mother of increased risk of choosing midwife run birthing centres rather than hospital delivery

    Compensation claims can also be made where the mother suffers injury during childbirth (obstetrics claims).


    How our birth injury lawyers can help with your birth injury claim

    • The size of our clinical negligence team and the breadth of our knowledge in birth injury compensation claims means it is likely that we have already recovered compensation in a case with similar circumstances to yours
    • We can help you find out why the system has failed you and what went wrong, or prevent the same thing happening to somebody else
    • Birth injury compensation claims are complex and require high levels of expertise. We have a team of specialists including:
      • the best independent case managers and consultants in the country
      • barristers known for their expertise in birth injury clinical negligence work
      • clinical negligence lawyers with significant experience in birth injury claims


    Free initial consultation

    Contact our team of specialist birth injury lawyers for a free, no obligation, consultation and we will listen to the circumstances of your medical treatment, and give you clear advice on the chances of you receiving compensation in a clinical negligence claim. If we think you have a claim, we can investigate your case using the financial security of a no win no fee agreement.

     

             

  • Related Client Stories

    Doctor causes scarring to baby during delivery

    Our client, Baby W, was born with scarring to her head after her mother, Ms W, experienced a traumatic delivery at Salisbury Hospital as a result of the negligent actions of the doctor.

    Failure to diagnose severe intrauterine growth retardation

    Our client, Mr Y, was awarded £1.6 million (plus annual payments of over £100k for life) after he suffered chronic partial hypoxic ischaemia when doctors failed to diagnose severe intrauterine growth retardation, most likely caused by an insufficient placenta, during the last weeks of his mother’s pregnancy.   

    Lack of respiratory support causes cerebral palsy

    Patricia Fearnley, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £5.4 million for a child who suffered brain damage and cerebral palsy after a considerable delay in being provided with respiratory support when he suffered breathing difficulties.

    Hypoxic brain damage after delayed caesarean section

    Patricia Fearnley, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured over £4 million for a child who suffered a hypoxic brain injury after being starved of oxygen during a delay in performing a caesarean section.

    Failure to plan and deliver baby properly leads to Erbs’ Palsy

    The clinical negligence team recently obtained a settlement in a compensation claim for a child diagnosed with Erbs’ Palsy soon after his birth. After failure to plan his delivery, to discuss the options available fully with his parents and a an allegedly mismanaged birth, the claimant suffered shoulder nerve damage during his birth. The case settled for a six figure award of damages plus legal costs.

    Inquest: coroner gives verdict of misadventure after baby dies one day after birth

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who represented the family at the inquest into the death of their baby son, who died at one day old, having been born in an extremely poor condition.

    Mother awarded £60,000 for Sheehan's syndrome suffered as a result of negligently managed delivery

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team. The team recently recovered £60,000 for a mother who developed Sheehan's syndrome following severe injuries caused by a hospital's mismanagement of birth.

    Patient awarded £2.3 million for birth injuries including learning difficulties, hearing loss and mild motor disability

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered £2.3 million for a patient who suffered asphyxia during birth, leading to damage including learning difficulties and hearing loss.

    Negligent birth management results in Erb's Palsy award

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who settled a case involving a baby who, through medical malpractice and the poor management of his birth, suffered shoulder dystocia resulting in right Erb’s Palsy.

    Compensation recovered for negligent treatment of ectopic pregnancy

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered £112,500 for a client who suffered a psychological injury following an unsuccessful operation to remove an ectopic pregnancy (which can be fatal if not treated). So severe was the pain that our client believed she was indeed going to die.

    Compensation for facial injuries caused by instrumental delivery

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered £11,150 for a young boy who suffered facial injuries during instrumental delivery at his birth despite the hospital not admitting negligence.

    Record damages awarded for blindness

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered £2.25 million for a client blinded as a result of retinopathy of prematurity, a disease of the retina which can affect premature babies.

  • Latest Updates

    Managing the Neuroscientific Complications of Concussion of the Auditory and Vestibular Systems

    Dr Peter Savundra, Consultant Audiovestibular Physician, provided insight on managing complications caused by damage to the audiovestibular systems after brain injury at our annual brain injury lecture on the 25th May 2017.

    Should I settle my medical negligence compensation claim directly with NHS Resolution?

    Often when patients are unhappy with the treatment they have received from an NHS hospital they will make a formal complaint to the Trust. Formal complaints are a useful way of getting essential information about the treatment a patient has received and may sometimes result in that Trust apologising to the aggrieved patient.

    Is your NHS complaint response worth the paper it is written on?

    Jessica Hanrahan, a Paralegal in our Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury team shares her views on the news that the NHS Complaints Service has been found it to be most inadequate following a review by the Health Service Ombudsman. 

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Any time I needed to ask a question or needed any explanation about the case, James Cahan was there at the end of the phone. He answers his own phone so I felt as though I was getting a very personal service. I was never made to feel uncomfortable or a nuisance as I had felt with an earlier solicitor. Communication was excellent throughout, using emails, telephone and letters.  

Client

My case was earlier rejected by another firm of solicitors yet Mr Cahan could see that there was a case to answer. With the expert medical witnesses which he sourced, good communication and sound advice, I felt very confident in his hands that we would get a successful outcome.

Client

Very nice people. Really made the case a lot easier to understand; they were always there to help.

Client

James Cahan's approach was exemplary, he was both approachable and understanding at all times.  

Client

As mentioned, I was very impressed at the start! As the case grew and went on, I felt completely safe, and trusted Jonathan to act in my best interests, though everything was always run by me before going ahead with anything, without the experience and knowledge.

Client

They worked as hard as possible to get me a result that I did not think I would end up with. The communication with my lawyer and his staff was excellent, and I felt at ease discussing such private matters with my lawyer, which is a rarity for me as I am a very private person.

Client

My lawyer was very friendly and easy to talk to, and I always felt he was working his hardest on my case.

Client

Oliver was very helpful and friendly, and settled the case within a short space of time.

Client

Kept me up to date with all stages of the claim. Fees were good, and Oliver was a very helpful and friendly.

Client

I would like to thank Jenny and her team for all their hard work and efforts during what has been a very traumatic 3 years.  Throughout this period, Jenny has been on hand with reassurance and advice.  At the same time, she assembled an excellent team of experts, which enabled me to reach a successful conclusion.

Client

I cannot thank Jenny and her team enough and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend TS&P, Debbie, Jenny and Patricia highly enough. Many thanks again for your professional conduct throughout.

Client

I am so grateful to TS&P for all their work and help with my mother's case; it was a very complicated and time-consuming case.

Client

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