Birth Injury Claims
We know that injuries during pregnancy or childbirth can be very traumatic, not just for mother and baby but for entire families. The consequences can last a lifetime.
Where the damage was caused by someone else's negligence, we may be able to assist in making a birth injury claim and securing the compensation necessary for getting the lives of you and your child back on track.
Our birth injury specialists
Bernadette McGhie is a solicitor and partner at Michelmores, and is head of the birth injury team. A paediatric nurse prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Bernadette is an authority on claims for birth and maternal damage, including brain injuries resulting in conditions such as cerebral palsy and other serious disabilities. She is an advisor to national charity Baby Lifeline, and has acted as a trustee of the Meningitis Trust.
A serious injury in the early years can leave a child with life-long care needs, and thought needs to be given to their well-being as they grow.
The needs of injured children can be particularly complex, as some aspects of the damage may not become apparent until later in life.
It is therefore important for a solicitor to fully assess the extent of the damage, using expert evidence where appropriate, to ensure that the appropriate level of compensation is secured.
If you would like to discuss a claim relating to birth injury, you can contact us for free on 0800 0730140 for discreet and impartial advice.
Nina, our dedicated nurse paralegal, will take the details of your enquiry and one of our specialist lawyers will be in touch to discuss the options available. Michelmores' clinical negligence solicitors are specialists in claims for wrongful birth or maternal injury resulting from medical treatment.
Read more about conditions arising from birth injury:
Complications with pregnancy and birth can have serious consequences for a mother, and it is an unfortunate reality that avoidable errors are sometimes made. We understand how personal and distressing a maternal injury can be, and we investigate these claims with sensitivity and discretion. Read more about perineal tearing, one example of a claim for maternal damage, or some of our other information pages:
Birth injury claims: how we can help
Our specialist team has a history of success in complex, high-value birth injury claims. We are known for our sensitivity as much as for our expertise, and we always aim for the very best possible compensation for our clients.
We offer a free initial discussion to talk through your issue, offer our opinion and guide you through the options available.
Where a child is severely brain damaged while in the womb, at birth or in the first eight weeks of life, legal aid may still be available, and we will be able to advise on whether this will apply to a particular claim. We also offer a range of other funding options, including Conditional Fee Agreements (formerly known as 'no-win, no-fee' agreements).