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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.

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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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A driver accelerated into my pushbike whilst stopped for a pedestrian to cross the road. Luckily I had cameras both front and rear. Meaning I could try to pursue the insurer of the vehicle through the solicitors team (GDPR got in the way of getting info about the driver from the police). I'd spoken to 2 solicitors, 1 cycle uk, was very evasive and didn't know if they would take on the case. I was pointed in the direction of Hudgells via a friend who'd also won a case with them. I spoken to Susan Richardson. She took on my case immediately. As this was a local solicitor. I was able to drop off the footage from both cameras almost immediately. I had a slight brain injury so was probably not easy to deal with because my brain would just stop mid sentence and I couldn't get my words out. Sue was extremely patient with me. She broke everything down so I could understand what was going on. But better still. In order for me to heal both mentally and physically. I requested that I could distance myself from the case. I gave her full control, she popped back to me as she needed information. But, she allowed me to distance myself to heal. I wouldn't have wanted to deal with the insurance companies myself. It appeared to me they tried to wriggle, squirm and drag it out. Any way. The whole case from beginning to end took 1 year for the case to complete and a pay out to be made. I won my case! I dealt with Sue from start to finish. Thank you Sue and thank you Hudgells. Highly recommended.
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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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