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Mumsnet Maternal Health Clinic

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We’re excited that Leigh Day is teaming up with Mumsnet - the UK's biggest network for parents - to provide a free, online legal clinic, offering advice on healthcare and treatment concerns during pregnancy, labour and childbirth. 

Caring for Mum

At Leigh Day, we’ve spent decades fighting for the rights of the individual – and as lawyers we believe it’s every woman’s right to enjoy having a child. From pregnancy and giving birth to bringing up your child, you shouldn’t face injury or illness due to negligent care. If negligence has occurred, it’s our job as lawyers to take to task the clinicians, midwives and other health professionals involved and help you fight for the justice you deserve.

Fighting for mothers’ rights

We know that starting a family is a massive change to the lives of new parents and the last thing you need is to face further challenges because of a lack of care, your needs not being catered for or just sheer ineptitude. 
 
We love the NHS – we fight for the NHS. For most people going into hospital to have a baby, their experience is positive and the treatment they receive beneficial. 

We don’t do this to punish – we wish we didn’t have to do it at all – but when negligence occurs, compensation awarded can offer something for what has been lost by the family, to provide for future care needs. It’s there to help and protect you and your baby at the worst of times.

What does our maternal health team do?

Our team of lawyers and medically trained staff includes qualified:
 
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Radiographers

We look after women and their babies when something goes wrong before, after or during childbirth – taking legal action if negligent care has occurred to either mum or her baby, in a private clinic or an NHS hospital. 

We don’t want to scare anyone who is about to give birth, but we believe the more you know, the better prepared you can be for what is a huge life event. 

Speaking to your clinician and talking through any concerns is to be encouraged. Remember, you have a legal right to be informed about any treatment

Meet the Leigh Day Mumsnet team

Emmalene Bushnell Sarah Campbell Olive Lewin
Emmalene Bushnell Sarah Campbell Olive Lewin
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Sally-Jean Nicholes Maria Panteli Sanja Strkljevic
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Nicola Wainwright Kirsten Wall Suzanne White

Common injuries after childbirth

Common types of injuries we see when approached by women following childbirth include:
 
  • Perineal tears – third and fourth degree
  • Injuries following caesarean sections
  • Poor care during the antenatal period of your pregnancy. For example, from mismanagement of pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes
  • Wrongful birth

Dealing with negligence at birth

At birth, negligence can lead to the very worst outcomes for your child. We care for families grieving for a child who has died or has been severely injured at birth. We are specialists in dealing with injuries including:
 
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Birth asphyxia and brain injuries
  • Fractures to the skull, legs, arm, shoulder and collarbone

We also represent families at an inquest if there has been stillbirth or death of the baby after birth.

How do I make a medical negligence claim?

Speak to us on 020 7650 1200 in complete confidence so we can assess whether you have a claim. This initial assessment is free of charge. Most of our cases are taken on a conditional fee agreement, better known as a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement. 

You pay nothing up front if your claim is accepted. Usually if your claim is successful, the defendant (either the private hospital, insurers for the NHS hospital or medical professional) pays your legal costs, with a capped percentage coming from the compensation awarded.

If your claim is unsuccessful, you pay nothing. We take that risk. Some cases can also be funded by legal aid or through home insurance, which in some cases may contain legal expenses cover.

How long do I have to make a medical negligence claim?

You have three years to make a claim, from the time you realise you have been injured or your condition has worsened due to negligence. Medical negligence claims involving children can be made at any time until the age of 18, after which the three-year rule on limitation applies. 

People who lack the mental capacity do not have any time limit to make a claim. They are usually represented by a ‘litigation friend’ who can be a family member or carer. 

Why should I choose Leigh Day?

Medical negligence claims can be complicated, so you should always choose an established and experienced lawyer to bring a claim for you. If you’ve received an injury, your condition has been made worse or a loved one has died, at Leigh Day we can help. We:
 
  • Have one of the country’s best team of experts in this field of law.
  • Understand the medical issues being challenged and the proper process to follow
  • We’re constantly rated the best in the UK at what we do in the independent directories, the Legal 500 and Chambers

Call us on 020 7650 1200 or email us and find out more on a no obligation basis.

Our partner charities

Birthrights
GroupB Strep Support
MASIC
The Patients Association

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