Fatal claims

Stillbirth / neonatal death claims

How can we help?

Any baby’s death is devastating but if it could have been avoided due to medical negligence, the impact on your whole family could be even more difficult to overcome. We understand that no amount of money is ever going to bring back a much loved baby that has passed away due to negligence but we can help ease some of the financial burdens by obtaining compensation, investigate the claim to help you understand what happened, hold individual professionals to account and raise standards so that no one else has to go through what has happened to you. We are specialist clinical negligence lawyers that have you and your family’s concerns at the heart of everything we do. We are here to listen to your concerns so we can fight your corner and use our expert knowledge to help you to bring your claim for compensation.

Inquests

If a baby has died and their death is sudden or unexplained, an Inquest might be held to establish the facts surrounding their death, such as where and how the death occurred. Having to attend the Inquest of your baby is extremely distressing and the process can be very confusing and daunting especially if the hospital and doctors have their own legal representation. As experts in the Inquest process, we can make sure that you are not alone; we can guide you through this difficult time with sensitivity and advice you can trust. We are here to listen to your concerns. We are on your side and we can help you to get the answers that you need to understand what went wrong with your baby’s medical treatment. Presently, only babies that were born alive are able to have an Inquest into their death. However, the government is currently looking at proposals to change the law to allow Coroners to investigate stillbirths. We are passionately behind this change in the law to help families understand why their baby has died, and when the law is changed, we want to help as many parents are possible.

What should you do next?

We are happy to act on a No Win No Fee basis so if you would like our help at this difficult time, contact our expert team who will sensitively discuss your stillbirth claim or the events surrounding your baby’s death.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Neonatal death refers to the death of a newborn infant within the first 28 days of life. There are several factors that can contribute to neonatal death, including:

  1. Prematurity: Premature birth is a leading cause of neonatal death. Infants born before 37 weeks of gestation are at higher risk of health complications and death.

  2. Birth defects: Birth defects, such as heart defects or neural tube defects, can increase the risk of neonatal death.

  3. Infections: Infections during pregnancy or after birth can increase the risk of neonatal death. Examples include Group B strep, syphilis, HIV, and respiratory infections.

  4. Birth complications: Complications during delivery, such as prolonged labor, breech presentation, or umbilical cord prolapse, can increase the risk of neonatal death.

  5. Neonatal conditions: Neonatal conditions, such as respiratory distress syndrome, sepsis, or jaundice, can increase the risk of neonatal death.

  6. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): SIDS is a sudden and unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant that usually occurs during sleep.

The death of a baby before or during birth is a devastating event that can have long-lasting emotional and financial consequences for the parents and their families. While no amount of compensation can fully address the emotional toll of stillbirth, there are various forms of compensation that may be available to parents, depending on the circumstances surrounding the stillbirth. These may include:

  1. Funeral and burial expenses: The cost of a funeral and burial or cremation services for the baby may be covered.

  2. Medical expenses: The cost of medical treatment for the mother and the baby during the pregnancy and delivery may be covered.

  3. Loss of income: If the mother or father took time off from work due to the stillbirth, they may be eligible for compensation for lost wages.

  4. Pain and suffering: Parents may be able to receive compensation for the emotional pain and suffering resulting from the stillbirth.

  5. Counselling and therapy: The cost of counselling or therapy to help parents cope with the emotional impact of the stillbirth may be covered.

  6. Wrongful death lawsuit: In some cases, parents may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the medical professionals or facility responsible for the stillbirth.

Yes, there are limitations on pursuing a fatal claim in the UK. The time limit for bringing a claim is generally three years from the date of the deceased person’s death. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

  1. If the cause of death was not immediately known, the time limit may be extended until three years from the date of knowledge.

  2. If the person bringing the claim is under 18 years of age, the time limit may be extended until three years from their 18th birthday.

  3. If the person bringing the claim has a mental disability, the time limit may be extended until they are no longer mentally disabled.

  4. In cases of medical negligence, the time limit may be extended if it can be shown that the claimant did not become aware of the negligence until after the three-year time limit had expired.

There may be several options open to you to include legal aid, No Win No Fee and legal expense insurance. We can advise you on the correct funding method for you. We have designed a No Win No Fee package to protect you from paying any costs should your claim not be successful.

We can provide a second opinion free of charge. We have acted for many clients who have been told they don’t have a case, but by looking at the claim in a different way and with our expertise, we have gone on to be successful.

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