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What is a stillbirth or
neonatal death claim?

The loss of a baby at any stage, whether a stillbirth or neonatal death, is devastating to the bereaved families but in circumstances where it transpires that more could have been done to save your child, it is harder still.

The Saving Babies’ Lives 2024: Progress Report Summary noted that 13 babies sadly die each day in the UK and that 49% of maternity services in England have rated as either ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission.

Not all stillbirths or neonatal death will be due to negligence but a proportion of these children will have been due to failings in the medical care received; the Progress Summary Report concluded that over 800 babies’ lives may have been saved with better care in 2022 and 2023. Our experienced team has significant experience in successfully pursuing claims for such claims, striving to obtain justice for bereaved families.

Claims can be pursued in respect of primary care professionals, such as GPs, nurses and pharmacists, as well as in respect of midwifery or obstetric care in a hospital setting.

Medical professionals have what is called the duty of candour, in which they are required to be candid and admit when there have been failings in the care provided. In such circumstances, there may be a serious incident report, setting out the issues with the care; however, such a report or investigation is not required for our experienced team to investigate.

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    When can a negligent
    stillbirth or neonatal
    death claim occur?

    Negligent stillbirth or neonatal death may occur if there is:

    Issues with monitoring during pregnancy;

    Hypoxia;

    Delay in delivery and failure to offer caesarean section;

    Cord prolapse or compression;

    Uterine rupture Ruptured placenta;

    Haemorrhage;

    Shoulder dystocia;

    Issues with management of pre-eclampsia and other infections;

     

    Types of Stillbirth and
    Neonatal Death claims

    A stillbirth is when a baby dies after 28 weeks of pregnancy but before or during birth, whilst a neonatal death is the death of a baby within the first 28 days of life.

    If there has been a stillbirth or a neonatal death, you may be able to bring a claim for negligence. We recognise that no amount of compensation would ever truly compensate for the loss of a child but as well as pursuing financial compensation, which can assist with costs of therapy and loss of earnings due to time off work, it can assist in terms of obtaining answers as to what happened and why and to seek apologies from those responsible.

    Making a Stillbirth or
    Neonatal Death claim

    We can discuss your case with a free initial consultation to understand your concerns, which may include taking forward your claim on a ‘NO WIN NO FEE’ basis.

    We work on a conditional fee basis, ensuring you don’t have to worry about legal costs if your claim is unsuccessful.

    Our specialist team can support you with bringing a claim and if we can secure early compensation payments, known as interim payments, we can help with arranging rehabilitation and care, above and beyond that which is available on the NHS.

    We are also able to fund certain claims for injuries suffered at birth by way of legal aid. We will discuss your funding options with you to help with figuring out the best way to fund the claim.

    We are specialist at
    Neonatal Death

    Our team specialises in Neonatal Death cases. We provide expert advice and support to help you navigate this difficult time. Our dedication to delivering personalised care means you’ll feel valued and supported throughout your claim process.

    Our solicitors have extensive experience in handling complex Neonatal Death claims. We treat you as a person, not just a case number, ensuring you receive compassionate and dedicated support. Based in the heart of Hull, we combine a commercial mindset with hands-on, straight-talking legal expertise to add value to your case.

    We believe in making the claims process as straightforward as possible. Here’s how you can start your Neonatal Death claim in just seven easy steps:

    1. INITIAL CONSULTATION:
    Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation.
    2. CASE ASSESSMENT:
    Our solicitors will assess the merits of your case.
    3. DOCUMENTATION:
    Gather necessary medical records and evidence.
    4. CLAIM PREPARATION:
    We prepare and file your claim.
    5. NEGOTIATION:
    Engage in settlement discussions with the responsible parties.
    6. LITIGATION:
    If needed, we represent you in court.
    7. RESOLUTION:
    Secure the best possible outcome for your claim.

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