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Stillbirth & Neonatal Negligence Compensation Claims

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No win, no fee stillbirth & neonatal negligence claims

No win, no fee

Be represented by a highly-experienced birth injury lawyer at no upfront cost to you. Under our No Win No Fee agreement you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of compensation awarded if your case is successful.

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A need for answers

A need for answers

Losing a baby during pregnancy, birth or in the first weeks of their life is a heart-breaking and distressing experience that can have a long-lasting impact on all involved.

Sadly, bereaved parents can sometimes be left feeling their baby’s death could and should have been avoided, and that the medical care they received fell short of expected standards.

Such a loss can have a huge psychological impact on all involved. It can affect relationships, work, health and mental well-being. Mothers can also suffer physical injuries too.

In instances like this, when questions need to be asked, our team of stillbirth and neonatal death claims specialists can provide a key supporting role to grieving parents.

We can support parents in terms of how to make a complaint about their care, help them seek compensation, and, if needed, ensure a thorough investigation is held into what happened and why during the medical negligence claims process.

Read how our legal team highlighted errors during scans which led to the failure to spot that baby Samuel had not grown for five weeks. He died a week before he was stillborn.

Tom and Kelly

Stillbirth and neonatal claim specialists

Stillbirth and neonatal death specialists

We know nothing can ever lessen the devastation of losing a child, but we passionately believe in using the legal process to help bereaved parents find the answers they need.

If you have concerns over your care during pregnancy and childbirth, you can discuss your circumstances confidentially.

  • Our team of stillbirth and neonatal death claims litigation specialists are committed to providing advice in a sympathetic and caring manner.
  • Successful compensation claims can provide vital access to therapy, counselling or support.
  • Our involvement often leads to changes being made and extra training on maternity wards, meaning your case could help prevent a similar tragedy happening to another family.
  • Our medical negligence solicitors and lawyers are determined to help reveal the chain of events which led to a baby’s death, get clear answers as to why the precious life was lost and, if necessary, hold those responsible to account.

Read how our legal team highlighted the failings of maternity staff during Stephanie Broadley’s pregnancy, after her baby boy Beau had been stillborn.

Stephanie Broadley and Beau

What causes stillbirth?

What causes stillbirth?

A stillbirth is when a baby is born dead after 24 weeks of pregnancy, either when still in the womb or during delivery.

Most stillbirths are natural and unpreventable and there are many factors that can increase the risk. However, negligent medical care is often a contributory factor behind these tragedies.

If you feel like the care you received for yourself or your child was inadequate, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Every stillbirth is heart-breaking and parents and families involved should always feel able to ask questions of medical staff.

Often, complaints can lead to Hospital Trusts conducting a Serious Investigation Review /Report, which will fully investigate the care provided, and identify any areas where treatment fell below the required standard, and where lessons need to be learned.

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Concerns over neonatal deaths

Concerns over neonatal deaths

When a baby is born alive but dies within 28 days it is called a neonatal death.

Like stillbirths, in many cases, it is not possible to prevent a neonatal death, and the cause may remain unknown.

However, if you feel medical staff could and should have done more to save your baby in the initial moments, days and weeks after birth, our team of specialists may be able to help.

Failures in care which could be the cause of a neonatal death include failing to carry out an emergency caesarean where necessary and the failure to act upon complications after birth such as sepsis, Group B strep or meningitis.

If you have suffered infections during pregnancy and birth, complications during labour or had concerns over a failure to resuscitate your baby or escalate care following a difficult delivery, we would advise contacting our team today.

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How to make a stillbirth & neonatal 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 opponent inviting their settlement proposals. If we cannot agree a reasonable settlement, we will prepare court proceedings.

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Alternatively, call us now on 01482787771

Our client reviews

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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
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FAQs

FAQs

What is stillbirth and what is a neonatal death?

A stillbirth is where a baby is born dead after 24 weeks of pregnancy. Approximately 0.5% of pregnancies in the UK end in stillbirth, with the most common causes being issues with the placenta or the mother’s health.

If the baby is lost before the 24-week mark, this is known as a miscarriage or late foetal loss. A neonatal death occurs when a baby dies within its first 28 days of life.

What are the causes of stillbirth?

There are many factors that can increase the risk of stillbirth. However, negligent medical care is often a contributory factor behind these tragedies. Every stillbirth is heart-breaking and parents and families involved should always feel able to ask questions of medical staff.

Unacceptable care standards may include:

  • Misinterpreting test or scan results: Vital signs can be missed on test and scan results which should have triggered a different course of care and assessment through pregnancy and birth.
  • Failures to test during pregnancy: Failing to carry out tests quickly enough, or following health concerns, can mean potentially dangerous situations are not identified and treated quickly enough.
  • Foetal movement issues: Reported by a mother but no action is taken by health professionals.
  • Blood pressure issues: Blood pressure should be checked regularly during pregnancy to ensure it’s not too high or too low as both are dangerous for mother and baby. Appropriate action should then be taken.
  • Failure to refer for appropriate assessment: Particularly important if mother is at a higher risk due to diabetes, obesity or high blood pressure.
  • Failure to identify and treat infections: Bacterial vaginosis, chicken pox, chlamydia, parvovirus, flu, hepatitis.
  • Inadequate antenatal monitoring: A baby’s development must be checked through regular appointments.
  • Placental abruption: If the placenta detaches from the wall of uterus it can prevent baby from getting the nutrients and oxygen needed to survive. Symptoms include abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding and an abnormal foetal heart rate.
  • Congenital defects: A birth defect resulting from genetic disorders, exposure to medications, chemicals or infections during pregnancy.
  • Reduced oxygen levels to the baby: This can occur in the uterus or during a traumatic or difficult labour.
  • Communication issues: During antenatal checks or labour itself, poor communication from medical professionals to parents, or between one another, can lead to the wrong care being provided.
  • Failure to ensure safe delivery: Poor decisions over the birth of a baby, such as failing to ensure an assisted delivery or birth by emergency caesarean section.

What is the average compensation for stillbirth and neonatal claims?

Stillbirth compensation claims consider the pain and long-term psychological effects you have experienced.

While we know nothing will ever make up for the loss of an infant, a settlement can help you access the specialist services you need to help you cope better, including counselling or therapy costs, whilst costs such as funeral fees can also be recovered.

There is no definitive stillbirth and neonatal compensation amount, as each case depends on a variety of factors, such as the extent of the psychological damage suffered.

Get in touch using our online claim form for a no-obligation chat. We’ll discuss your circumstances and estimate the amount of potential compensation you may be entitled to.

Are there any time limits on making a claim?

If you’re suffering from the impact of stillbirth, you should seek professional help and legal advice as soon as possible.

Doing this will allow your lawyer to compile and analyse all the evidence, support you and build the strongest case possible.

You’ll usually have three years in which to make a claim.

How can legal support help during stillbirth claims?

Your initial consultation is free and confidential, and you don’t have to pursue a case afterwards. We believe this approach allows you to gather all the information you need to make an informed decision at what can be a very difficult time.

Many families affected by a stillbirth just want answers about what’s happened and why. Often parents are seeking reassurance that they could not have done anything differently to avoid the tragic outcome.

Also, many parents want to ensure other families don’t suffer in the same way in future if mistakes have been made by maternity teams, as vital lessons can be learned.

Here at Hudgells, we will be with you every step of the way. From gathering evidence to filing forms at court, we take away the strain of the case and obtain the justice you deserve.

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