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Birth injury » Birth injury settlements


You could be forgiven for expecting maternity care in the London, one of the worlds great cities, to be uniformly world-class. The statistics for birth injury litigation however, would seem to indicate that the reality of maternity standards in the capital is far from flawless.

In 2009, Freedom of Information disclosures revealed that every NHS trust in the capital had paid out obstetric compensation settlements totalling six or more figures.

Indeed, birth injury payouts accounted for more than a third of Londons NHS compensation bill, 27 million of 73.6 million pounds.

Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust represented the high end of the scale, paying out a total of 4 million pounds in obstetric claims, nearly half its medical negligence bill.

Imperial College Healthcare was another NHS Trust with a larger than average bill, with maternity claims accounting for 3.3 million of an 8.2 million pound bill.

However, an NHS Litigation Authority spokeswoman warned that it would be misguided to read too much into the figures. Larger trusts and those which provide more complex treatments are more likely to receive claims than smaller trusts or those providing low-risk care, she said.

And with several hundred no win, no fee claims still pending, the prognosis for maternity care in the capital does not look like improving any time soon.

Specialist birth injury lawyers

Few, if any, types of litigation are as complex and distressing as those involving cases of alleged obstetric negligence.

Although the passage from womb to the outside world is one of lifes great and most fraught journeys, modern medicine means that for most people it should be one free of serious trauma.

If you believe that you or your baby have suffered injury as a result of failings on the part of an obstetrician, midwife or other health professional, it is your civil and legal right to make a claim for damages.

HappyClaim offer a UK-leading birth trauma litigation service that is led by some of the UKs leading clinical negligence solicitors, all of whom are governed by the SRA, with many also possessing membership of the Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme.

Although the complexity of this type of litigation prevents us from offering a completely cost free service, we strive to keep all costs to a minimum while also warning of them in advance.

We do though deliver 100 percent compensation by undertaking to never take a cut.

For more information about how we can help you secure the compensation you deserve, please contact on 01582 635096 or complete a claim form.