In any circumstances, the death of a baby is truly devastating. In cases where the death was a result of negligence or mismanagement of the birth, this is even more upsetting for the family involved.
At First Personal Injury, our solicitors are experienced in working with families following the tragic circumstances surrounding stillbirth and neonatal death. Pursuing a negligence claim can help to provide much-needed answers for you and your family and give you some breathing space during this extremely difficult time.
For a confidential, no-obligation conversation, please contact our specialist team on 0800 808 9740 or get in touch online.
Stillbirth is the death of a baby before or during birth after 24 weeks of pregnancy. Tragically, 1 in every 225 births in the UK ends in stillbirth.
On the other hand, neonatal death is when a baby dies within the first 28 days of life.
Around 60% of stillbirths and neonatal are unexplained. However, there are other cases where action could have been taken to prevent the baby from dying. The remaining 40% of cases are caused by reasons including:
When these conditions occur, they are not always fatal. However, in some cases, stillbirth occurs because a medical professional misses symptoms or fail to treat the mother and baby correctly. When this happens, this is an example of medical negligence.
In instances where negligence has occurred, is important that parents are able to claim compensation for the suffering they have endured. Taking legal action can also help parents to find out what mistakes were made and why and help to bring them to a point of closure.
You may be able to make a stillbirth compensation claim if medical professionals:
Pursuing a compensation claim involves investigating the circumstances surrounding the stillbirth or neonatal death and holding the medical professionals accountable. By providing them with an explanation as to why they lost their child, a claim can bring parents a sense of closure and can help them to come to terms with what has happened.
A stillbirth is a highly traumatic event that affects the entire family. It can have a long-term effect on the mental health of parents and lead to conditions including depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). A stillbirth compensation claim will consider the lasting psychological effects experienced by you and your family. Claiming compensation can help you to access the specialist services you might need such as therapy and counselling costs.
Your solicitor will also take into account the effect the stillbirth has had on you financially. Through a successful claim, you may able to recover the costs of:
Our specialist team of sympathetic solicitors are ready to help you during this difficult time. To learn more about making a stillbirth compensation claim, please get in touch with us today on 0800 808 9740.
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