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Birth Injury Claims and Neonatal Death Compensation

Having a newborn baby is a uniquely wonderful and stressful time. However, this stress should not be compounded by issues or complications during the neonatal period (relating to the moment a baby is born up until day 28).

To know that complications could have been minimised or even avoided completely, can make the situation significantly more difficult. Though these occurrences are rare, at Howells, we are skilled at managing birth injury claims sensitively, and obtaining the deserved amount of compensation for our clients.

How Can a Medical Professional Cause a Neonatal Issue?

Unfortunately, from time to time, situations that require birth injury compensation claims do arise. There are a series of factors that fall under this medical negligence umbrella. They include:
  • Delayed or inadequate examination of both mother and baby
  • No action taken to improve the wellbeing of mother/baby
  • A below standard of care given throughout the birth/aftercare
  • Misdiagnosis or wrongly prescribed medications
There are several possible effects these types of negligence can cause. Some of the conditions we see in birth injury claims include:
  • Blood poisoning (sepsis)
  • Problems with baby’s breathing
  • Hypoglycaemia (closely related with diabetes)
  • Restricted growth/problems with growth further on
  • Heart defects (congenital)
There may also be the following effects on the mother:
  • Perineal tears
  • Organ injury
  • Blood clots, fits or even stroke
  • No pain relief after or poorly performed caesarean section
Due to the vulnerability of both mother and baby during this ‘neonatal’ period the upmost care is expected from nurses and doctors. While undoubtedly this is what they strive for, mistakes can happen. This is where our birth injury solicitors come in.

How Long do You Have to Make a Birth Injury Compensation Claim?

Birth injury compensation claims can be made at any time before the child’s 18th birthday. From the age of 18 the child themselves then has an additional three years to make a claim, which ends when they turn 21.

If you are sadly in the position where you are seeking birth injury compensation as a result of a child’s death, you can seek compensation up to three years after the date of death.

How Much Compensation is Involved with Birth Injury Claims?

The amount of birth injury compensation received varies greatly, depending on the severity of the case.

We assess every birth injury claim individually, taking the specific details into account. This means your compensation will be unique and appropriate to your circumstances.

You can be rest assured that here at Howells, our birth injury solicitors will consider every element of your case and work towards providing you with the maximum amount of birth injury compensation possible.

What are the Costs involved with Birth Injury Claims?

We operate on a no win no fee basis, so if we aren’t successful in our pursuit of birth injury compensation claim, you will not be required to pay any legal costs. Situations such as these are stressful enough, and we always have your best interests at heart.

We will hold talks with you before submitting any birth injury claims to ensure that firstly, it meets relevant criteria, and secondly that we think you will be adequately compensated.

How long is the Birth Injury Claims Process?

The duration of a birth injury claim can vary greatly. The scope for injury or impairment is so broad, some cases can take months, while others may take significantly longer.

Here at Howells, we guide you through the claims process and keep you informed about your case as it progresses, however long the process takes. We treat all birth injury claims with the same level of respect and, in turn, produce the appropriate results for all our clients.

How do You Prove Birth Injury Medical Negligence?

We have a concrete medical negligence process in place at Howells that ensures we leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of birth injury compensation. This process consists of specific steps:
  • Your initial enquiry
  • A preliminary assessment
  • Medical records
  • Medical evidence
  • Negotiation
  • Compensation
You can learn more about what these steps mean in detail here.

How We Can Help

If you think you or a loved one is entitled to birth injury compensation, get in contact with our medical negligence solicitors free of charge today, and let’s work together towards the compensation you deserve.
Following negations with the defendant, Mr X was offered £250,000 gross of the interim payments of £52,009 to settle the claim. Mr X accepted this offer and was very thankful for our assistance with his claim.
Absolutely amazing service, I had an accident back in 2016 and they fought tooth and nail to get me the treatment and pay out that I deserved, my case handler Amy kept me informed throughout the entire process. I would definitely recommend Howells to anyone.
From start to finish my daughter’s medical negligence claim was handled brilliantly. Communication was excellent and her case was handled sensitively and professionally, with a successful outcome at the end.
Excellent service as always, Highly recommended wouldn't use anybody else , always on hand to help and advice . Thank you!!!!!

Paul Gander
Sue dealt with my personal injury claim with professionalism at all times. She kept both myself and my son fully informed throughout the process and always responded to queries quickly and efficiently. I would have no hesitation in using this firm again.

Stuart Marks
I recently used Howells' for a claim. After an initial telephone conversation, Amy (our assigned representative) went through the process of our potential claim. She outlined time frames and the strength of our case. We ended up receiving compensation above our expectations. I was thoroughly impressed the team from Howells and would have no hesitation in recommending them to others. They handled the whole process in a manner which inspired confidence, knowing that we were in good hands.

Simon Marks
Howells have been fantastic when dealing with my claim and i would recommend them to anyone. I would like to thank Sue for her outstanding service and patience throughout my case. You were great and I cannot thank you enough for the end result. Also thank you to Glendora and Amy for all your help. 5* service all round

Gavin Herbert
Life changing issues affected our daughter due to a misdiagnosis and then catalogue of errors. We are so grateful to Sue and the team and the lovely Glendora! Thank you so much for all your hard work, perseverance and pure doggedness. Hopefully this has saved another family from having to go through this! Amazing service from such nice people! Enjoy the hamper!

Discover If You Could Have a Claim

If you or your baby have suffered undue physical harm due to medical care you have received, get in touch with our friendly and experienced birth injury solicitors. You may have a claim for birth negligence or neonatal death compensation.
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Meet the Key Individuals

Sue Edwards
Sue Edwards

Head of Medical
Negligence and Personal
Injury Department
Cardiff Office

Thomas Stride
Thomas Stride

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence
Cardiff Office

Robert Jones
Robert Jones
Chartered Legal Executive (Fellow)

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence
Cardiff Office

Amy Downey
Amy Downey
Legal Assistant

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence

Glendora Hendrickson
Glendora Hendrickson
Personal Assistant

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence
Cardiff Office

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