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No win, no fee pregnancy & birth compensation

No win, no fee

You can be represented by a highly-experienced pregnancy & birth lawyer at no upfront cost to you. Under our No Win, No Fee agreement you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation awarded if your case is successful.

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Specialist pregnancy and birth injury legal support

Specialist pregnancy and birth injury legal support

Pregnancy can be both an exciting and worrying time for expectant parents, and sadly, although the vast majority of cases are trouble-free and end with a healthy mother and baby, there are times when things go wrong, resulting in injuries.

We have a hugely experienced team of medical negligence solicitors at Hudgell Solicitors who have supported many families through legal claims when errors by medical staff have caused lifelong injuries to babies, including Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s palsy.

We have also supported parents whose children have sadly been stillborn or died shortly after birth, again due to failings in healthcare provision on maternity wards.

Our team always offers sympathetic support, whilst ensuring we do all we can to investigate the circumstances of your case, and get answers as to what went wrong.

In cases for families bringing up children with life-long and life-limiting injuries, compensation can provide the financial means to help your child long term and improve their quality of life for all, through dedicated care, home adaptations, rehabilitation and specialist equipment.

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Supporting families after stillbirth and neonatal death

Supporting families after stillbirth and neonatal death

We know nothing we do can ever lessen the devastation of losing a child during pregnancy and birth, but we passionately believe in using the legal process to help find answers in situations where parents consider that the death was due to medical negligence and therefore avoidable.

Our role is to investigate the events which led to a baby’s death, seek clear answers as to why the life was lost and, if necessary, hold those responsible to account.

Successful stillbirth compensation claims can provide vital access to therapy, counselling or support and our involvement often leads to changes being made and extra training being provided on maternity wards.

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Pregnancy related compensation claims

Pregnancy related compensation claims

Negligent care during pregnancy could lead to issues for the mother and/or baby further on in the pregnancy or during labour and birth.

Examples we see commonly at Hudgell Solicitors include errors during maternity appointments about monitoring the baby, failing to diagnose abnormalities, or making errors about the medication prescribed to the mother.

Common errors include failing to diagnose and treat ectopic pregnancies, where a fertilised egg implants outside of the womb and can rupture causing bleeding, and pre-eclampsia, which causes high blood pressure during pregnancy and can be serious if not treated.

Read how our legal team secured compensation for mother Francesca Tomlinson after doctors allowed a cyst to grow during her pregnancy which then required emergency surgery.

 

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Other pregnancy claims

Other pregnancy claims

Our legal team also have experience in leading claims related to unwanted pregnancies, including cases where people fall pregnant having taken a considered decision to prevent having children through having vasectomy and sterilisation procedures.

In such cases, compensation can often be claimed, against both NHS and private health providers, if it can be proved that surgical procedures were substandard and negligent, or in some cases where medical professionals have failed to provide appropriate advice.

Our team also has experience in leading wrongful birth compensation claims, in situations where babies are born with injuries or disabilities which doctors should have detected during pregnancy and informed the mother/parents at the time, and their failure to do so has denied them the opportunity to take the very difficult decision as to whether to continue with the pregnancy, or to elect to undergo a termination.

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How to make a pregnancy & birth injury claim

How to make a claim

Make a claim in six easy steps

Step 1

Free Initial Advice

Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think you have a claim.

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Step 2

Funding

We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim. Usually, we will be able to offer you a No win, No fee agreement.

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Step 3

Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports

We will request copies of your medical records and instruct appropriate medical experts to prepare reports confirming whether your care was negligent and how this caused you injury.

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Step 4

Letter Of Claim

We will send a letter to your healthcare provider with details of your claim, setting out why we think your case was negligent and how this caused you injury.

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Step 5

Prepare Claim Valuation

We will put together a schedule of loss setting out the losses you have incurred and the extent of the injuries you have sustained.

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Step 6

Negotiate Settlement

We will send all the evidence to your healthcare provider inviting their settlement proposals. If we cannot agree a reasonable settlement, we will prepare court proceedings.

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Our client reviews

Our client reviews

We’re always committed to getting the optimum outcome for you.

Hudgell Solicitors took my case on and my expectations were exceeded. All persons at Hudgell are professional and courteous. My claim was one against Norfolk Police. Without going into details, the Police had clearly been in the wrong and were in process of accusing me of exactly what they had actually done to me and a further cover up of the truth. Hudgell took my instructions and were in contact with me during the whole process and brought about a very satisfactory outcome. To be clear...Satisfactory is a very good outcome. I would recommend Hudgell without question. I feel I have been treated respectfully and my case notes were engrained into those at Hudgell that helped me get a conclusion to the most heinous acts from the Norfolk Police.
5 Stars
Philip Moore
My brother was the victim of quite a bad motorcycle accident where he was not at fault. Sadly he only held third party cover so whilst he was in hospital I was asked by him to find a solicitor to claim against the third party. After doing some research I chose Hudgell to help us (even tho Neil Hudgell is the owner of the dreaded Hull KR and I am a massive FC fan). INITIAL CONTACT I made contact by phone and this was a simple conversation. The member of staff was very friendly and extremely helpful. All the questions I had were dealt with and I was very happy with the outcome of the call. FOLLOWING INITAL CONTACT. Within half an hour of contacting Hudgell’s a senior manager made contact with me and discussed what would happen next. Again this was very personal and really helpful. After another half an hour Sam (my brother’s now solicitor) called me. We chatted about what had happened and what he was planning to do initially. Sam was really friendly and understanding. He put me at ease right away and explained everything clearly and directly answering all questions I had. Within a week of the claim being opened Sam and Laura (Chartered Legal Executive) visited my brother in hospital. They helped put him at ease immediately and talked through what would happen, what their objectives were and also but more importantly made my brother understand that they would do everything to help him in any way he needed. After this meeting in the hospital we were happy that this claim was in safe hands. Sam the Solicitor A very friendly chap who shoots from the hip and tells you a spade is a spade. A chap who doesn’t make promises he can’t keep. A really likable man who you would want to have a pint with and we did not always look at him as the solicitor. He kept us updated at all stages and was always contactable. I did have one heated conversation with Sam BUT this was a good thing. I say this because he is very passionate about his job sometimes when a third person (me) is acting on behalf of the victim (my brother) it can be a little hard at times to please everyone. He took all we threw at him and directed us really well. Sam thank you for all your hard work, your support and the outcome. Laura Chartered Legal Executive What can I say about Laura, an absolute gem this lady is. Professional, very committed to her job, compassionate, More than helpful, caring and really cared in my opinion about my brother and his recovery. Every contact we had with Laura was amazing. She is one of those people who puts you at ease right away. Laura dealt with every problem with put at her feet, every question we had she dealt with and if she could not answer there and then she would find the answers we needed. If we had a problem she would find a solution. Again always contactable and if she could not respond immediately to a call she would call back within the business day. Laura thank you for all your hard work, Thank you for being there when we were dealing with all the problems we had. Both Sam and yourself are a credit to your company and your profession. The service provided by Hudgell’s far exceeded what we expected. If you need the services Hudgell provides then I would highly recommend your choice of solicitors is this company.
5 Stars
Mark Fox
I was represented/instructed by Mobeena Salim, who was always available when i wanted to discuss my case, which was reassuring and comforting. We were able to pressure the defendants who eventually agreed to settle and this meant we did not have the drawn out court process! Overall, i am happy with the service, only criticism is that i feel we could have settled a higher amonut if we continued negotiations. Would use this firm again! Thanks for everything.
4 Stars
S C Williams
I am sorry but the person's name that dealt with me who was admin was Natasha - my name is definitely not Natalie but obviously it shows how much attention you pay to people's particulars and case details. So sorry not interested in your services - as previously mentioned when it comes to medical negligence, you are impersonal, inefficient and inaccurate. Also the comment went on TP on the 22nd March and you provided yet another generic response on the 2nd April.
1 Stars
Calista Harrison
Chris Trousdale was the one of the youngest miscarriages of justice victims as a result of the Post Office Horizon scandal.
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FAQs

FAQs

What are the time limits for making a pregnancy and birth injury claim?

The time limit for making a claim for medical negligence is 3 years from the date of your knowledge of the alleged negligence. (You may not realise straight away but only after your injury or illness becomes worse).

However, there are a couple of exceptions to this rule:

  • Children – medical negligence claims involving a child can be made any time before your child turns 18. On your child’s 18th birthday the 3-year rule comes into effect, so a claim needs to be started before they turn 21.
  • Mental Capacity– if a person lacks the capacity to make a claim themselves, there’s no time limit for making a claim.

How can Hudgells help me if I feel my treatment was negligent?

    Hudgell Solicitors has a highly experienced pregnancy and birth claims legal team that is supported by our own in-house medical experts – including a registered midwife – meaning we are able to fully assess cases and the standard of treatment provided.
    Our first involvement is to listen to your questions, provide some expert initial free advice, and discuss whether you want to start a birth negligence claim.
    There is no commitment when contacting us, but it will enable our lawyers to assess whether your case can be taken forward and inform you what the next steps will be.
    Should we feel we can pursue a compensation claim on your behalf, a specialist medical negligence lawyer will be assigned and dedicated to supporting you through your case. They will explain, in plain, non-legal language, what is likely to be needed from you at each stage of the process, including what evidence and information will need to be obtained.
    Should a case not be pursued, our discussions will always remain entirely confidential.
    Our representation sees us:
  • Carry out initial fact-finding by discussing with you what happened, what went wrong and the impact it has had on your life.
  • Inform the healthcare provider of our investigation into the care they provided, requesting relevant medical records and details of examinations and treatment.
  • Seek independent medical opinion to determine whether a mother or child’s injuries could and should have been prevented, had the proper care and attention been given.
  • Make a decision, based on evidence gathered, as to whether we are in a position to make an official claim for damages to compensate for the suffering and hardship caused.
  • Should admissions of negligence be secured, consider an application for interim payments, should they be needed to cover the cost of any immediate needs for a child and family.
  • Seek to negotiate a compensation settlement out of court which reflects the injury and loss caused, including damages to cover any future care and assistance required.

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