Still Birth Compensation Claims

What is Stillbirth?

Stillbirth is the death of a baby before or during a birth after 24 weeks of pregnancy. In one year in the UK, between five and six babies in every 1,000 are stillborn.

Some of the causes of stillbirth are:

  • bleeding (haemorrhage) before or during labour
  • a poorly functioning placenta
  • placental abruption –where the placenta separates from the womb before the baby is born (this may be associated with bleeding or abdominal pain)
  • pre-eclampsia – a condition that causes high blood pressure in the mother
  • a problem with the umbilical cord,– the cord can slip down through the entrance of the womb before the baby is born (cord prolapse), or it can be wrapped around the baby and become knotted
  • intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) or obstetric cholestasis – a liver disorder during pregnancy characterised by severe itching
  • a genetic physical defect in the baby
  • pre-existing diabetes
  • infection in the mother that also affects the baby, such as group B streptococcus, chlamydia, rubella (German Measles), flu, herpes simplex, listeriosis, etc.

Sometimes, the cause of stillbirth is clear, and good information about the underlying condition is available, however, about half of stillbirths remain unexplained. Even if the cause of death is identified, it may not be possible to explain what started the chain of events that led to death.

Can I make a stillbirth compensation claim?

The death of a baby is a devastating time for a parent and their family, but this can be even more distressing if something has gone wrong with the management of the birth.

If the stillbirth has been caused as a result of substandard care during pregnancy or during the birth of your baby, or treatment following a stillbirth, you may be able to make a claim for compensation or birth injury settlement.

Whilst making a birth injury claim can help to compensate families financially, it can also help out in other ways. For instance, many families want to find answers that might have been denied them at the time of their ordeal. Whilst finding out the truth can never bring back a lost child a birth injury claim can help to provide closure and help bereaved parents come to terms with what has happened.

If you or anyone you know has suffered a stillbirth and are considering making a claim, please contact Davies and Partners who are a highly experienced birth injury law firm and speak to one of our medical negligence specialist Solicitors for a free initial consultation. We will seek to advise you as to whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation and, if so, talk you through the process of making a stillbirth lawsuit/claim and answer any questions you may have.

Support following Stillbirth:

In addition to suffering immense grief, parents who have lost a child through stillbirth can potentially develop a psychological injury such as Stillbirth PTSD, depression, adjustment disorder, etc and find it difficult to cope and come to terms with their loss.

Sands, stillbirth and neonatal death charity, has been helping bereaved parents and their families come to terms with the death of their baby for 25 years and offers emotional support and practical help.

The Sands website (www.uk-sands.org) is a valuable source of information to guide bereaved parents and their families through the many challenging stages they face following a stillbirth.

Sands operate a national helpline for anyone affected by stillbirth or neonatal death. The helpline is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and between 6pm and 10pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The helpline number is 0207 436 5881.

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