Skip to main content
CALL US: 01482 323 697
Williamsons News

Still Birth Injuries

13 December 2017

Blog, Clinical Negligence, News

Still Birth

It has been reported in the “ I ” Newspaper on the 28th November 2017, that Mr. Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, has announced that women who suffer the trauma of stillbirth or life-changing injuries will be offered an independent investigation to find out what went wrong and why, including the potential for full term stillbirths being covered by coronial law (Coroner’s), to help give parents answer when something has gone wrong.

More can be read here:

Williamsons Solicitors have expertise in dealing with cases relating to Still Births and Neonatal Deaths as a result of negligent treatment. Tim Slow, Senior Solicitor within our Clinical Negligence Department has vast experience with such cases and he has acted on a case where a young lady experienced not one, but two still births, which resulted in an admission of liability and compensation.

The events were that, in November 2013, 23 weeks into her pregnancy, the Client’s baby was stillborn. No precise diagnosis was given for the cause of this, however, she was advised that this could be down to an incompetent cervix with an infection present, and it was uncertain whether the infection had caused dilation. As a result, if our Client were to become pregnant again, she would be closely monitored and have regular cervical length scans. If these scans detected any change or shortening, a stitch would be inserted to strengthen the cervix.

In March 2014, our Client became pregnant again. After her 12 week scan, she had fortnightly cervical length scans, and each time, she was told that she was measuring at 30 mm, which was average/normal.

On 16 August 2014, our Client attended Scarborough Hospital with abdominal pain, similar to that suffered with her first pregnancy. Bloods were taken, the results came back as clear, and the cervix appeared to look fine.  On or around 17-28 August 2014, our Client recalled having an internal examination with swabs been taken, but she was never given results of these investigations. During her 20 week scan, the Sonographer said that cervix had shortened by 8 mm taking it down to 22 mm, and our Client was advised to tell her Midwife.

Our Client had a Midwife appointment straight after her 20 week scan, and informed her about the 8 mm shortening and at her attendance on 16.08.14 regarding the abdominal pains. No investigations took place during this appointment.  On 1 September 2014, she attended a consultant appointment where a urine test was undertaken which showed a little bit of blood present, and she was told that this was probably urine infection. Our Client had said that she was experiencing a lot of discharge and pressure in the abdomen. The consultant then reviewed her medical records and noted the results from her 20 week scan. Following this, she was referred to have another cervical length scan on 3 September 2014.

On 3 September 2014, at Bridlington Hospital, the cervical length scan detected that the mucas plug had gone, and our Client was sent to Scarborough Hospital as she had started to bleed. Following examination, our Client was told that her cervix was open with the membranes bulging through. She was advised by a doctor that was she miscarrying the baby, but she was not in labour.

Two consultants then explained our client about having a “rescue stitch”. The “Rescue stitch” procedure was unsuccessful because there was not enough cervix to stich, as she was fully dilated. She asked to be transferred to Hull Royal Infirmary, whereupon she was closely monitored and, unfortunately, on 11 September 2014, her baby stillborn.

During our investigations, it became apparent that the 1st still birth might also have been avoidable, had proper attention been given to our client’s previous medical history.

A support network for people who experience Still Birth’s and Neonatal Deaths can contact SANDS which is there to support bereaved families after such an event. More information on the assistance SANDS offers can be found here (

If you require any further information about Still Births or Neonatal Deaths, please contact our Clinical Negligence Department who are there to support you through this difficult time.

Contact Us Back to top
Read some reviews from our clients

4.88 Average

102 Reviews


We used Williamsons for selling and buying a property, we found Jane Cousins and her assistant Sam Pollard to be pleasant, professional and efficient. Lisa on reception downstairs was particularly helpful and polite. Thank you to you all.

Mr J G

Avery good service with very professional and knowledgeable staff.


Brilliant, thank you for helping me make this process easier.

Mr G B

I would recommend Williamson’s to any potential client. From the onset I was supported throughout a very difficult conveyance and my solicitor was very professional at all times. It is advisable to engage the services of a local company and not one advised by online estate agencies. Very competitive pricing too. Thank you Williamson’s.

Mr and Mrs Overall

Very helpful quick excellent service Have dealt with both Jenny Holloway and Emma Hudson in the past and on each occasion have found them both excellent and would recommend them both to any future clients Thank you once again for your excellent professional service

Mr C P

Brilliant communication and a first class effort despite a Rocky move, Jenny and Emma at the Hull city centre branch where fantastic.

Ms A

Very helpful and attentive, would definitely recommend Samantha/Jane of Williamsons sollicitors

Sue L

Our solicitor Carey Robinson was at all times helpful and professional, nothing was too much trouble. I would not hesitate to recommend her to friends and family.

Barbara C

I have used Williamsons Solicitors twice this year - for obtaining probate and for the sale of a leasehold flat and on both occasions I have found Williamsons to be extremely efficient and speedy. They were very knowledgeable and kept me well informed at all times. Any queries I had were answered promptly and all advice given was accurate and most helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend Williamsons to anyone in need of a first class, reliable and customer friendly solicitor. Thank you for making a traumatic situation as stress free as possible.

Mrs B O

Very apprehensive at the start. From the first contact with Williamsons they were reassuring. Kept up tpdate with the whole process , guided and informed from the start. Pleased with the outcome and my special thanks especially to Mr. Smith and his team Betty Osborn.

Mr Neil P

Great service and always kept up to date with everything, felt i was given the personal touch and not just a client, I used Williamsons to sort out my late fathers estate in which he left in such a mess, and also the sale of a house I will recommend to others and certainly use again Thanks Neil x

Mr N P

Our solicitor Gemma Foster is always available to answer any of our concerns, keeps on top of time scales and perseveres with opposing solicitors even when they are not prepared to push our sales or purchases forward as quick as we often need . Highly delighted with the service we receive from Gemma .

Mr B a

Efficient and friendly service from all staff we had contact with. Very prompt and we were kept informed and up to date throughout the whole process of selling and buying our new house. Rachael who dealt with our case was the most efficient solicitor we have used for convenacying. I would not hesitate to use Williamsons again and will definitely recommend to friends and family.

Mr J T

Very pleased with the service you provided for me selling the property. Very efficient and will recommend to friends and family.

Carl B

Thankyou very much to Paul Kirby for the work he did . All of Williamsons staff that I dealt with was very friendly professional people and I would definitely use them again .


keeping up to date with all the latest information and details of the case

Alison B


Deborah V

Very satisfied with the outcome. Settled out of court.(medical negligence) A Big thankyou too Wayne Walker highly recomend


Very professional service and gave me peace of mind.. would highly recommend

Mr & M

Williamsons were recommended to us and we have not been disappointed. Our sale & purchase was very stressful due to the incompetencies of other legal professionals and estate agents however Williamsons have done their utmost to push them to complete. Communication has been excellent throughout and the team, particularly Samantha and Jane, have worked tirelessly on our case. My husband and I highly recommend Williamsons for your conveyancing needs.

Diane T

Throughout the whole time that my case was ongoing, Williamsons Solicitors have been excellent in their care and service. All matters have been dealt with in great clarity. They are very approachable and everything has been explained in a manner easy to comprehend. I can thoroughly recommend Williamsons to act for others.