Birth defect claims

The majority of pregnancies and births go according to plan, but there are still babies born each year with health problems.

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If negligent medical care has resulted in your baby having a medical birth defect, we can help you fight for justice and compensation.

What is a birth defect?

A birth defect – also known as a congenital disorder – is classed as a medical abnormality which can develop in the womb, at birth or after birth.

Negligence occurs where there may be a failure to carry out a test or procedure, to diagnose or to treat an issue correctly.

Two types of birth defect can occur:

  • Structural
    Where a body part is damaged causing, for example, paralysis or deformity.
  • Functional
    The way the body works. An incorrect forceps delivery, for example, could cause damage to the nervous system.

Why make a medical negligence claim?

If there has been negligent practise or a failure to detect or diagnose a medical problem, then you have the right to have that recognised, both verbally and financially. Money isn’t going to make up for what has happened, but it could help with the cost of ongoing treatment and future care needs.

More about making a claim

How can First4Lawyers help?

Our medical negligence specialists know how claims like these work, from evidence gathering to negotiating on your behalf. They will do all the hard work so you don’t have to. We also offer a No Win No Fee* service in England and Wales.

How much compensation will I receive?

That very much depends on the level of negligence and the resulting condition and duration. Call for a chat with our legal advisors, who will give you advice tailored to your individual circumstances.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

There is usually a three-year period, from the date you found out there was a birth defect. But this can vary with medical negligence. We can give you specific advice, once we know your circumstances.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

Simply get in touch with us for a free consultation. We’ll ask you about your situation and advise you of your options. There’s no pressure to start a claim unless you are happy to do so.

Meet the expert

Meet Jax
Jacqueline Speight

Jacqueline Speight

Head of Claims

Jacqueline is our head of claims.
She is a qualified solicitor and has practised as a specialist in personal injury cases. A recent addition to our team, Jacqueline has moved to a managerial and coaching role with us, where she is keen to continue the team's training and development to ensure every customer continues to get a first class service.

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