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Stillbirth Negligence

Stillbirths are devastating but knowing the loss of a child was avoidable makes it even more of a heart-breaking tragedy.

How Can Negligence Cause Stillbirths?

Anything under 24 weeks of pregnancy is classed as a miscarriage, whereas anything that passes the 24 weeks gestation is known as a still birth. Sadly, there are natural unavoidable causes, but some could have been prevented by medical professionals.

Stillbirths may be caused by medical negligence if there was:
  • Failure to identify and treat a maternal infection
  • Misinterpretation of test or scan results
  • Inadequate monitoring of a baby’s development/heart rate
  • Delivery error

What is the Difference Between Raising a Compensation Claim and Raising a Complaint?

Raising a complaint triggers an investigation to decide what caused the stillbirth, which also includes medical negligence. The NHS or private hospital responsible will then take steps to investigate including staff training or other action, to ensure it does not happen again.

In order to bring a claim for stillbirth compensation, medical negligence needs to have been proven as the cause of the still birth. Bringing a successful claim won’t necessarily mean that the medical professional involved will be disciplined, however hopefully safeguards will be put in place to prevent recurrence.

Case Study:

We have acted for many clients in respect of the loss of a child through negligence resulting in still birth; understandably these claims are very sensitive in nature. Awards in respect of compensation vary depending upon the circumstances, but typically obtain an award in the region of £25,000.00.

Have You Suffered an Avoidable Stillbirth?

If you have suffered the devastating effects of a stillbirth and believe it could have been avoided, please get in touch with our friendly and empathetic medical negligence solicitors. Our specialist team will be able to advise on whether you have a case for stillbirth compensation and whether a medical negligence lawsuit is in your best interest.
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Sue Edwards
Sue Edwards
Partner
Solicitor

Head of Medical
Negligence and Personal
Injury Department
Cardiff Office


James Horsey
James Horsey
Solicitor

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence
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Amy Downey
Amy Downey
Legal Assistant

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence


Robert Jones
Robert Jones
Legal Assistant

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence
Cardiff Office


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Glendora Hendrickson
Personal Assistant

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence
Cardiff Office


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