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The term stillbirth refers to babies born dead after 24 or more weeks of completed gestation. In many cases the cause of death is unknown as it can be difficult to establish.

Causes of stillbirth include:

  • diabetes or high blood pressure in the mother,
  • rhesus factor disease,
  • maternal high blood pressure and seizures in pregnancy (eclampsia),
  • severe malformations in the baby,
  • problems with the placenta,
  • premature rupture of the membranes surrounding the baby, and
  • infections such as toxoplasmosis, Group B Streptococcus, listeriosis or German measles (rubella).

Throughout the last 60 years the number of stillbirths has been in steady decline however there are still approximately 3,500 stillbirths in the UK every year.

The reasons for stillbirth are not immediately clear and in many cases a cause of death can never be established. However stillbirth sometimes occurs as a result of complications throughout birth which are unobserved or not carefully investigated by the obstetrician or midwife.

Why take legal action?

If medical negligence during pregnancy is suspected as a possible cause of stillbirth then the mother can make a medical negligence compensation claim on the grounds of pain and suffering caused.

Important things to remember before initiating a claim include time limits; there is a strict three year time limit for this type of claim as is the case with all personal injury claims and also finding the right solicitors who possess the necessary experience to obtain the compensation that you deserve.

Clear Answers' lawyers, Thompsons Solicitors an impressive track record when it comes to these types of claims, no matter how complex the case seems to you we will be able to provide you with expert advice that is uncomplicated and in terms that you can understand. A solicitor will be there every step of the way throughout your claim and we are committed to keeping you informed throughout the whole of the claim process.

Please visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim.

Compensation claims for Stillbirth

Have you or a member of your family suffered as a result of medical negligence? For more information about our service or for advice about whether we can assist you with a medical negligence compensation claim contact us today on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms. One of our representatives will contact you (without obligation) to discuss the matter further within 24 hours (48 hours at weekends).

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