Medical Negligence During Pregnancy and Birth

by Monaco Solicitors

During the course of pregnancy and birth, great care must be taken because of the risks that are involved and every step should be made to ensure that there is no harm to the baby or its mother. In some cases, a failure on the part of the medical practitioner to provide adequate care can result in complications, which can prove to be fatal. But in other times, oversight on the part of health professionals can result in severe damage to the child, resulting in cerebral palsy or other serious conditions, which may have long-term consequences.

If you or your child has suffered an injury as a result of medical negligence during pregnancy or childbirth, you may have an entitlement to compensation. Under the law, if a person receives negligent treatment, they cannot bring a compensation claim unless they have suffered a harm or injury due to that treatment. Further, the law sets out thresholds on how severe or significant an injury must be before a person is entitled to claim damages as a result of the injury.

A wide range of medical professionals can be responsible for the welfare of the mother and the baby, not just the obstetrician, and this can include midwives, nurses, and other doctors.

One of the most difficult aspects of obstetric cases is to prove that the negligence caused the damage. That is to relate the damage to the acts or omissions of the health professional. We often have to prove this part of the case through a wide variety of medical experts, including neurologists, cardiologist, neo-natal specialists and other health professionals. 

When you contact us, it is our policy that all new clients speak to a solicitor immediately. The solicitor will discuss the circumstances of your matter and whether or not you should pursue a claim.

Medical negligence is a specialised and technical area of the law. Unlike other firms, at Monaco Compensation Lawyers we only deal with personal injury matters. Even if you are unsure as to whether or not you have a claim, you should seek advice from an experienced solicitor as soon as possible. With medical negligence claims, proceedings must commence within specific deadlines or you may be barred by statute from making a claim for compensation. 


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