Pregnancy should be a joyful time, but it can be a worrying one if the right care is not provided. Pregnant women place their trust in medical professionals not only during their term of pregnancy but, more critically, during the time of birth of their child as well.
Tragically, it is a fact that both mothers and babies are injured during pregnancy or childbirth due to medical negligence. Such injuries are often devastating and will cause a catastrophic disability. At Anthony Collins Solicitors, we fully understand the complex legal and medical issues that are involved in such claims and provide important support to you through a very difficult time. To care for a baby is difficult and stressful enough in any circumstances, but to have to cope with the consequences of medical negligence on top of a significant injury to either the baby or the mother makes the situation even more stressful. We will handle your case with sensitivity and ensure you not only provide the best expert advice but also the best support possible to alleviate any further stress.
We specialise in representing people who have suffered very serious injuries and many of our birth injury claims are complex including: anaesthetic errors, injuries to organs from caesarean section, mistakes during episiotomies, perineal tears and errors in managing infection and retained swabs. We will talk through the incident with you to make sure we full understand any pregnancy and birth injury claims and advise on the best course of action to obtain justice for your maltreatment.
Tragically, injuries to babies during labour or delivery can be catastrophic and we specialise in representing families who have suffered very serious injuries such as these. Often these will be issues with the failure to perform cardiotocographies (CTGs) to monitor the baby’s heartbeat, errors using forceps or ventouse, delays in performing a caesarean section, failure to observe and monitor CTGs correctly and errors in managing caesarean sections. These types of situations can result in the baby being starved of oxygen or other difficulties that result in permanent injury, such as brain damage. As such, complex claims can arise, for example, cerebral palsy. Our expertise in complex claims, is second to none, along with our experience in dealing with other injuries that can be caused, including fractures to the skull and body, shoulder dystocia and hip dysplasia as well as cuts and scars.
Supporting you in getting the justice you deserve
If we can help, we will talk to you about the best way forward for you, including funding options open to you. We are also happy to talk to you on a no-obligation basis if you already have a solicitor but would like a second opinion or you are unhappy.
If it helps, we can meet you at home or a neutral venue regardless of where you live. If you choose to instruct us, you will be represented by a solicitor who will be your contact from day one, right the way through to the conclusion, keeping you updated throughout.
Medical or clinical negligence can be a difficult thing to move on from, especially when it’s not your fault and it's life-changing. You can rest assured you'd be in the best possible hands - read about the support we've provided to other clients in their time of need here. Find out here what happens in a typical negligence compensation case. Whatever your case, please contact us and we will work with you to help you get the justice you deserve.
We would like to say a huge thank you for the care, attention and professionalism that you showed us throughout his time as our solicitor. You were very sensitive to our needs and the dedicated support from you, and your team has helped us focus during a very protracted process, reassuring us that the right result would eventually come.Mr and Mrs R.
Anthony Collins Solicitors provided me a very friendly and professional service. They were very sensitive to my feelings in dealing with the case. Thanks to them, we achieved a settlement out of the court, and after two years I finally feel like some justice has been achieved for my beautiful little girl.Anonymous.
Head of the claimant clinical negligence and personal injury department.
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