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Stillbirth negligence claims

Stillbirth Negligence Claims

Some stillbirths cannot be prevented, but when a stillbirth happens due to the negligence of those caring for you and your baby, this can make the loss even more heart-breaking. We would like to support you, and hopefully help you to gain some closure, as well as help alleviate any financial burdens you may find yourself with. If you’ve suffered a stillbirth due to a failure in your medical care, speak to us for free, confidential advice.

What causes stillbirth to happen?

A stillbirth is when a baby dies before they are born, but after 24 weeks of pregnancy. According to the NHS, a large proportion of stillbirths occur in otherwise healthy babies and there is no known reason. The causes that we do know about are:

  • problems with the placenta – failure of the placenta is the most common reason for stillbirth
  • placental abruption (where the placenta separates from the womb before birth)
  • excessive blood loss during or after labour
  • pre-eclampsia
  • a problem with the umbilical cord
  • intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) or obstetric cholestasis (a condition affecting the liver during pregnancy)
  • pre-existing diabetes
  • a genetic physical defect in the baby
  • an infection contracted by the mother that affects the baby

Can I make a stillbirth negligence claim?

You may be able to make a stillbirth compensation claim if mistakes were made during your prenatal care or labour. We support families with the following types of claims:

  • Failure/delay in diagnosing problems with the placenta
  • Failure/delay in diagnosing pre-eclampsia
  • Failure to diagnose problems with baby and/or mother during pre-natal care

Is there a time limit on making a compensation claim following a stillbirth?

A compensation claim for stillbirth can be made up to three years from the “date of knowledge”, which means the date that you became aware that you had suffered due to negligent treatment from a healthcare professional.

Often, patients find out that a mistake has happened instantly but sometimes it can be a matter of months, or even years before this becomes clear.

How our legal team can offer support

Our legal team has years of experience in supporting families with birth injury and stillbirth cases. We understand that this is an extremely difficult time for you emotionally; we will guide you through the claims process with compassion and sensitivity every step of the way.

We’re not just lawyers, we’re human beings with personal experience. We’re here to listen and to ensure that you are treated with the utmost empathy and warmth.

Contact us today to find out how we can support you through the legal process. Call us on 0330 013 0251 or start your claim with our online form.