On this page, you will find a detailed guide to making a personal injury claim for a birth injury to the mother. It will contain all of the facts that you will need to start to make intelligent choices about your claim. It will cover many of the reasons a claim can come about, as well as how the claims process works.
If you would prefer to have a real person go over your claim with you, then please call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 today. One of our team will be happy to discuss your claim with you, inform you of your options, and offer some free legal advice on how best to proceed with your claim.
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- A Guide To Claiming Compensation For A Birth Injury To The Mother
- What Are Birth Injuries To The Mother?
- What Are The Most Common Injuries To The Mother During Childbirth?
- Statistics And Facts Around Maternal Birth Injuries
- What Are The Long Term Effects Of Maternal Birth Injuries?
- How Is The Severity Of A Maternal Birth Injury Assessed?
- Broken Bone Caused By Maternal Birth Injuries
- Infections Caused By Maternal Birth Injuries
- Medical Negligence Leading To Maternal Birth Injuries
- Other Types Of Maternal Birth Injuries Women Can Suffer
- What Should You Do As A Mother Who Has Suffered An Injury During Childbirth?
- What Could You Include In A Maternal Birth Injury Claim?
- Maternal Birth Injury Compensation Calculator
- No Win No Fee Maternal Birth Injury Compensation Claims
- How To Make A Maternal Birth Injury Compensation Claim
- Why You Should Claim Compensation With Accident Claims Us
- Speak To Our Team Today
- Helpful Resources And Guides
A Guide To Claiming Compensation For A Birth Injury To The Mother
Within this guide, we have provided plenty of information about the process of claiming if a mother has been injured during the birth of a child. As long as you are making a claim within the personal injury claims time limit of three-years, this guide should be useful. You won’t find a personal injury claims calculator on this page, as these are often wildly inaccurate, leading claimants to get the wrong idea about how much compensation they may be able to claim. This guide contains information which includes:
- A basic definition of what birth injuries to the mother are, and how they are caused.
- A list of the most common injuries that a mother can sustain during childbirth.
- Key statistics that pertain to injuries to a mother during childbirth in the UK.
- A discussion of the potential long-term negative effects on the mother’s life of childbirth injuries.
- Information on how birth injuries to the mother are assessed, and how this will affect the compensation claim.
- Several sections that cover specific injuries to the mother during childbirth. This includes broken bones and infections, as well as a section briefly detailing other, less common injuries.
- Information covering medical negligence, and how it can be the cause of a mother being injured during childbirth.
- Several sections of claim related facts. This includes a list of things you should do before making a claim, a list of the potential damages you could claim, and a table that contains typical compensation amounts for a range of potential injuries to a mother in childbirth.
- The final sections of this guide will introduce the Accident Claims UK nation claims service, which is a simple and effective way for a mother to have her claim for childbirth injuries processed, in a financially risk-free way.
If you have any questions after reading this guide, then one of our team will be happy to answer them for you. Just call the number at the end of this guide, and they will get you the answers that you need.
What Are Birth Injuries To The Mother?
Take a look at the graph above. You will see that the number of fatalities during childbirth are quite high in the UK compared to the rest of the world. And of course, some of these fatalities would be a cause for a family member to claim for traumatic birth compensation.
However, most difficult births result in no injuries to the mother, yet sometimes injuring the mother is unavoidable. However, when the mother is injured, then the injuries themselves can range from minor (cuts and bruises), to quite severe (fractured pelvis or damage to the bowel).
What Are The Most Common Injuries To The Mother During Childbirth?
if you were to read a number of birth negligence stories, you would find that some types of injuries sustained by the mother are more common than others, and these would include:
- Vaginal tears – either small, micro tears or much larger ones.
- Fissures – these are more severe than tears, and would need stitching to repair.
- Incorrect suturing – when the mother has a caesarean section, and is stitched up wrongly afterwards.
- Pre-eclampsia or other infections – due to the mother being exposed to bacteria during the birthing process or after while recuperating.
Statistics And Facts Around Maternal Birth Injuries
Childbirth injuries to the mother are surprisingly common in the UK, as these statistics below seem to prove:
- Around 16% of expectant mothers have an unplanned caesarean section, with around 12% having a planned one.
- Approximately 10% of first-time mothers will suffer some kind of injury during childbirth.
- 90% of women who do not have a natural childbirth will suffer some level of vaginal tearing.
- Around 0.20% of women will suffer a heart attack during childbirth.
What Are The Long Term Effects Of Maternal Birth Injuries?
A personal injury solicitor would be able to make a claim for long-term health effects of childbirth injuries, not only for the initial injury. The most common of all long-term medical conditions that can be caused by childbirth is episiotomy. This is caused when a cut needs to be made, to make the vagina a little wider, so that the baby can be born. As the baby is born, the cut can be made wider and torn. The long-term effects of this is that the vagina is made larger, which could have a negative effect on the life of the mother.
How Is The Severity Of A Maternal Birth Injury Assessed?
When a mother is injured in childbirth, and attempts to make a compensation claim for her injuries, then the security of the injuries will be one of the major drivers in calculating the level of compensation. There are a number of things which are used to judge severity, such as:
- Level of pain – how much physical pain the mother was in when the injuries happened.
- Trauma – how much mental anguish the injuries caused.
- Long-term effects – if the injuries will have an effect on the mother’s life for the long-term or permanently.
If you have suffered a maternal birth injury, Accident Claims UK can help by letting you know how severe it would be judged, and how much compensation you might be able to claim. Call us on the number at the bottom of this guide to proceed with this.
Broken Bone Caused By Maternal Birth Injuries
One of the more severe injuries that the mother can sustain in childbirth, is a fracture injury. These are generally of one of two types:
- Pelvic fractures – these are a serious injury, a pelvic injury during childbirth is a traumatic injury.
- Leg fractures – the least traumatic of the two common broken bones during childbirth.
If you have suffered a fractured pelvis or leg during childbirth, Accident Claims UK can help you to claim for it. Speak to one of our team on the number at the end of this guide to get your claim started today.
Infections Caused By Maternal Birth Injuries
One of the most common medical problems that a mother will suffer due to childbirth, are complications such as infections. These will generally be caused either by being infected while in labour, or being treated after childbirth. Or due to spending time in the hospital (cross infections). This is especially true if the mother has had a caesarean section, the risk of infection is much higher after a surgical procedure. No matter how you became infected, Accident Claims UK will be able to help you claim. Call us on the number at the bottom of this page to get started.
Medical Negligence Leading To Maternal Birth Injuries
One of the main causes of injuries to a mother, is medical negligence during childbirth. Every medical professional, including a midwife, is required to never harm a patient in any way. The duty of care works like this:
- A medical professional had a duty of care towards a patient they are treating.
- The medical professional fails in this duty of care, and causes harm to the patient in some way.
- The failure in the duty of care, and hence the harm that the patients suffered, could have been avoided.
This is a textbook example of medical negligence. Accident Claims UK is very experienced with negligence claims, and we are sure that we can help with yours. Call us on the number at the end of the page to learn how we can do this.
Other Types Of Maternal Birth Injuries Women Can Suffer
We have already covered the most common dangers of giving birth, but there are many less common dangers, and these include:
- Damage to the bowel or urinary tract.
- Pain during sex.
- Post-natal depression.
- Damage to the uterus
If you have suffered an injury or contracted a medical condition due to childbirth, Accident Claims UK should be able to help you to make a compensation claim. Speak to one of our team on the number at the end of this guide, and explain your situation. They will then let you know how we can be of help.
What Should You Do As A Mother Who Has Suffered An Injury During Childbirth?
If you are a mother that has been injured during childbirth, there are a number of steps that you can take, to ensure that your personal injury lawyer has the greatest chance possible of winning your claim. These are:
- Gather evidence – this won’t be applicable in all cases, but in some, such as contracting an infection, taking photographs can be of help here.
- Have an independent medical examination – Accident Claims UK can help with this, we can arrange for you to have a free local medical examination.
- Document the timeline – so that you have all of your facts in order, so that your claim will be clearly defined.
- Document losses – either financial or otherwise that could be claimed for.
Taking steps such as these above will give Accident Claims UK the best chance possible of winning you the maximum compensation possible. Call us on the number at the bottom of this page when you are ready to proceed with a claim.
What Could You Include In A Maternal Birth Injury Claim?
When you make a compensation claim for a birth injury, the compensation that you win will be made up of a number of different types of damages. Each one compensates you for a different reason, and these could include:
- General damages (physical effects of a birth injury or medical condition):
- Pain – of the initial injury and the initial treatment of the injury.
- Trauma – the shock and mental anguish of receiving the injury.
- Long-term recovery – if you will spend a lengthy time getting well, and you will be in pain while you heal.
- Permanent disability – if your injuries will leave you permanently disabled in some way, that will lower your quality of life.
- Special damages (for the financial and other losses caused by a birth injury):
- Travel costs – if you had to travel to get treatment.
- Medical fees – if you had to pay for any private treatment.
- Care costs – if you had to hire a nurse, or somebody to help you out at home.
- Loss of earnings – if you had to take time away from work due to your injuries.
- Loss of future income – if your future ability to work will be affected by your injuries.
Maternal Birth Injury Compensation Calculator
As we mentioned at the start of this guide, we did not include a birth injury compensation calculator. These are really only gimmicks and rarely accurate. Instead, we have provided this table that covers typical amounts paid for a number of potential birth injuries:
|Bladder injury||Severe||Loss of function of the bowel entirely, as well as severe problems with urinary function, with additional complications.||Up to £161,521|
|Bladder injury||Serious||Loss of function of the bowel completely, as well as problems with urinary function.||Up to £123,311|
|Bladder injury||Moderate||An amount of function of the bowel, as well as potential problems with urinary function.||£56,100 to £70,091|
|Bladder injury||Minor||Short-term injuries to the bowel, that will heal fully after a few days.||£20,530 to £27,451|
|Infection||Minor||Very minor infections that will clear up in a few days with only basic treatment.||£704 - £3,005|
|Infection||Moderate||Infections that need proper medical treatment in order for them to heal, and they may last a week or more.||£3,004 - £7,255|
|Infection||Moderate to severe||Infections that will require the administration of antibiotics for them to heal and could last two weeks or more.||£7,254 - £14,605|
|Infection||Severe||Infections that will require hospitalisation to treat, and will not heal unless strong, targeted antibiotics and other treatments are provided.||£29,204 - £39,905|
|Paraplegia||Complete loss of movement from the waist down.||£192,090 to £249,270|
|Body scarring||Severe||Scarring anywhere on the body that is visible to a person from far away.||£5,950 to £17,271|
|Body scarring||Moderate||Scarring anywhere on the body that is visible to a person across the room.||In the region of £6,571|
|Body scarring||Minor||Scarring anywhere on the body that is visible to a person you are talking to.||£1,800 to £5,951|
|Leg injury||Minor to severe||From simple soft tissue injuries such as cuts and bruising, through fractures to complete paralysis or loss of the leg.||Up to £119,250|
No Win No Fee Maternal Birth Injury Compensation Claims
Accident Claims UK can help you to make your claim, by offering you our No Win No Fee claims service. This is a simple, effective and financially risk-free way for you to have your claim processed.
When we first start working on your claim, there is no fee. As we process your claim, we won’t charge a fee. And if we fail to win you any compensation, we still don’t charge a fee. We do charge a fee when we are successful though, and we will take this fee directly out of the payment we receive for you, and then give you the rest. Call Accident Claims UK on the number below to learn more about our claims service, and how we can help you.
How To Make A Maternal Birth Injury Compensation Claim
Starting your claim is very easy. All you need to do is call Accident Claims UK on the number below, and speak to one of our team. They will talk you through our new claims process, and ask you a number of questions such as:
- When did the childbirth take place?
- What injuries have you sustained?
- How bad are your injuries?
- What is the prognosis for a full recovery?
- Have you lost out financially due to your injuries?
- Have you had to take time off work?
Why You Should Claim Compensation With Accident Claims UK
Accident Claims UK has a proven track record of winning compensation payments for clients across a wide range of claims, including birth injury claims. We are sure we can do the same for you. We will always aim to get you the most compensation we can. You can always speak to one of our team to get an update on your claim, or if you have any questions about what we have been doing on your behalf.
Speak To Our Team Today
If you have finished reading this guide, and you believe that you have a valid claim, then please call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 right now. One of our team will be ready and waiting to take your information, so that we can get started on your claim right away.
Helpful Resources And Guides
At this link, you will find detailed information from the NHS about Episiotomy:
The basic pregnancy and baby guide from the NHS can be found at this link:
There are also a number of guides on this website that you might find valuable, and these include: