Pregnancy and Birth Injury Claims

Experienced pregnancy and birth injury claim solicitors in Gateshead and Washington

If you or your baby have suffered injuries during your pregnancy or during childbirth as a result of negligence on the part of your medical team, you or your baby could be entitled to a compensation payment.

At John Donkin Solicitors, we represent women and children in bringing pregnancy and birth injury claims for damages payments to compensate them for what has happened. We understand that this will be an exceptionally difficult time for you. Our team are sympathetic and we will always do all we can to support and help you.

While you may find it hard to think about taking on a legal claim, you are entitled to compensation if you have suffered because of medical negligence. If your baby has sustained injuries, then a damages payment will provide for any assistance he or she may need in the future.

If you would like to speak to one of our expert pregnancy and birth injury claims solicitors, call us on 0191 416 2182 (Washington) or 0191 495 2896 (Gateshead) or complete a Free Online Enquiry today. We can answer any questions you may have and explain the claims process to you.

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Our pregnancy and birth injury claims services

We deal with a full range of pregnancy, birth trauma and gynaecological claims including:

  • Delay or failure to diagnose pre-eclampsia
  • Injuries from an episiotomy or vaginal tears
  • Caesarean section (C-section) injuries
  • Failure to manage exceptionally heavy bleeding
  • Injuries resulting from the use of forceps
  • Infections that are not diagnosed or properly treated
  • Prolapsed uterus or ruptured uterus
  • Injuries sustained during gynaecological procedures
  • Failed sterilisation

We also deal with birth injury claims, to include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Brain injuries from lack of oxygen
  • Fractures
  • Stillbirth

No win no fee pregnancy and birth injury claims

We are able to take on no win no fee pregnancy and birth injury claims. This is also referred to as a conditional fee agreement. We can discuss with you whether this is the best option for your case.

Entering into a conditional fee agreement for a pregnancy or birth injury claim means that you can bring your case without financial risk to yourself.

How much compensation is paid for pregnancy or birth injury claims?

The amount of compensation that could be paid to you or for your child depends on the severity of the injuries caused by the medical negligence. In the most severe cases, a very substantial amount of compensation could be paid, for example, if your child will need care for the rest of their lives.

Will I have to go to court for a pregnancy or birth injury compensation claim?

We are often able to settle compensation claims for pregnancy or birth injuries by way of negotiation, avoiding the need for a court hearing. If the other side admits liability, our medical negligence solicitors will negotiate hard on your behalf to secure the best possible offer in settlement of your case.

If liability is not admitted or we believe that you should have received a higher offer, we will prepare a robust case for court and ensure that you have an expert to represent you.

Time limits for bringing a pregnancy or birth injury compensation claim

For an adult, the time limit for bringing a pregnancy or birth trauma claim is generally three years. Where you were not immediately aware of the injuries, the three years can begin from the date on which you should have been aware of them.

In respect of those under 18, the three-year period begins from the date of their 18th birthday.

Contact our Gateshead and Washington pregnancy and birth injury claims solicitors

Our expert medical negligence claims lawyers are known for providing excellent service and help as well as genuine legal expertise so you can be sure you will receive the support you need in bringing a pregnancy or birth injuries claim.

We have a strong track record in securing good compensation payments for women and children who have been injured during pregnancy or birth or during the post-partum period.

To speak to one of our pregnancy and birth injury team, call us on 0191 416 2182 (Washington) or 0191 495 2896 (Gateshead) or email us at

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