Maternity Care Negligence

Maternity Medical Negligence Claims

Poor maternity care is costing the NHS millions in medical negligence payouts. Many of these claims are due to poor quality and negligent maternity care, in particular mistakes in medication and the incorrect use of equipment. Something needs to change in the nation’s maternity wards but until it does, there is a continuing need for the health service to pay out large sums of money to compensate families who have had the birth of their child blighted by low standards of care.

When Can Poor Maternity Care Lead to a Medical Negligence Claim?

Medical negligence claims may be brought against the NHS and other health care providers for a number of reasons. In the most extreme cases, either the mother or her child may die as a result of the negligent actions of medical staff.

In other cases, the child may suffer from a birth injury. Brain damage resulting in cerebral palsy is an all too common reason for birth injury claims. It is a condition that can be caused by infections, the brain being starved of oxygen and other complications during the birth.

A medical negligence claim might also arise as a result of poor standards of treatment and care which have led to significant distress or traumatisation for mother and child.

Why Are There So Many Maternity Negligence claims?

Some people might blame the high number of claims for further impoverishing the financial health of the NHS. However, it’s important to remember that in cases where individuals and newborn infants have suffered injury or loss as a result of negligence, they are entitled to compensation for the negative effects upon their lives. It is also essential to highlight failings in the system so that other mothers and their children do not experience the same trauma in the future.

The increasing number of claims is perhaps a sign that the NHS is currently struggling with the high number of birth rates in the UK or that cuts in services have reduced their effectiveness. The trouble is that, because of the shortfalls in the number of trained midwifes and neo-natal staff, mothers in some hospitals are often sharing a midwife with two other patients at any one time.

The Royal College of Midwifes has freely admitted that their members are now busier than ever on wards, leading to the possibility of a missed complication or a mistake in medication, just through sheer weight of commitment to more than one patient. Despite the call for women to have more choice, greater one-to-one attention and more ‘personalised’ care during their labour and birth periods, the evidence points toward a greater chance of vulnerability at one of the most stressful times in their lives.

What are the Costs?

1stClaims does not charge you for using our service and all initial enquiries with our Solicitors are also free of charge, so rest assured, this initial step of making an enquiry will not cost you anything.

Once one of our Solicitors has assessed the merits of your enquiry they will make a judgement on the likely chances of bringing a successful claim and if the prospects are good, they will normally offer to take your case on a No Win No Fee basis. NOTE: If your case is successful your Solicitor will deduct up to a maximum of 25% of your final settlement or compensation award as payment for their fees. You can find out more about No Win No Fee arrangements and the potential costs that can be incurred by clicking here.

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Claiming For Maternity Medical Negligence

The majority of women do go through the whole childbirth process unscathed, with a safe delivery and satisfactory experience on neo-natal wards. However, if something does go wrong, how can you claim against medical negligence?

If it can be proven that an accident or illness is attributable to incompetence or lack of care, it may be possible to bring a claim for negligence.

How 1stClaims Can Help You

The laws surrounding medical negligence are notorious for being complex and very difficult to navigate. In instances like this, it is essential to have specialist legal expertise and solicitors who have experience in handling such cases. At 1stClaims our expert medical negligence solicitors can guide you through the complexities of a case to a successful outcome. If you feel that you have been the victim of medical negligence on a neo-natal ward, contact a specialist 1stClaims solicitor to discuss your options on 0800 2888 693 (from a mobile click to call: 01348 630 720) or complete our Free Enquiry Form and we will be in touch with you very soon. To return to our medical negligence home page then please click here.

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