Contacting Birth Injury Solicitors
Having a child is a truly wonderful occasion and there is no greater feeling than becoming a new mother or father. Conversely, there is no worse feeling when something goes wrong during labour. Due to the sensitivity of both mother and baby during the birth, accidents can be made and complications can occur. If the mother or baby is injured during birth, the parents may be eligible to make a birth injury claim.
If you suspect that the mother or baby’s birth injuries were a direct result of a healthcare professional’s negligence, and could have been avoided had they been more careful, you should speak to our birth injury solicitors as soon as possible.
Birth Injury to Mothers
- Perineal tears – third and fourth degree
- Wrongly performed Episiotomies
- Mistakes in suturing tears or Episiotomies
- Injuries to organs from Caesarean sections or failing to recognise damage at the time
- Retained swabs
- Anaesthetic errors
- Errors in managing Pre-eclampsia.
Birth Injury to Babies
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brain injuries
- Fractures to the skull, legs, arm, shoulder and collarbone
- Cuts and scars
- Hip dysplasia.
Proving negligence was the cause of the birth injuries
Injuries during birth can happen due to a number of reasons and oftentimes, it is very difficult to pinpoint who exactly is at fault. When we are upset, it is common to want to point the finger at someone else. However, sometimes, complications during pregnancy or labour will cause injuries. Doctors and hospital staff cannot be held responsible for this. Other times, it might be the parents fault for delaying or not knowing what to do.
In order for a birth injury claim to be successful, you need to prove that the medical practitioner was at fault. To do this, you have to show that the medical practitioner’s actions directly resulted in the birth injury and that, given the circumstances, other medical professionals in similar positions would not have acted in the same way. Testimony from medical experts is often required to demonstrate this. The British Medical Association has produced a set of guidelines in relation to how expert witnesses should operate.
Time limit for making a claim
In Northern Ireland, you have 3 years from the date of injury to bring a claim. Sometimes that time limit can be extended. For example, if you are not aware that an injury has occurred until some time afterwards, you have 3 years from the date of knowledge of the negligence to make a claim.
In the case of children, the 3 years starts to run on their 18th birthday.
Solicitors at Stewarts Solicitors are members of the Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
Personal Injury is used to describe any type of injury you suffer due to someone else’s lack of care and attention or negligent behaviour.
Personal Injury claims usually arise from someone else’s negligence and can involve many different situations such as an accident at work, a slip, trip or fall, or being involved in a car accident. The resulting injury can be serious and life-changing, with long term health and financial implications.
Our personal injury solicitors have secured compensation in many different types of personal injury actions.
Road Traffic Accidents
You can claim compensation for road traffic accident injuries if the accident was caused by the fault of another motorist, person or party. You can claim compensation if you were injured as a driver, a passenger, and a pedestrian or if you were riding a motorbike a bicycle or a horse at the time of the accident. You can also claim if you are partly to blame for the accident.
Accident & Injury at Work
When at work you expect to be in an environment where the proper measures have been taken by your employer to adhere to Statutory Duties to protect you in the workplace, whether it be an office, factory or your place of trade. If you have sustained an injury as a result of an accident at work it can be daunting to know where to begin in making a claim for compensation against your employer.
Injuries in Public Places
All companies have a duty of care to visitors to their premises, including members of the public or employees from other companies, to ensure that they are not at risk of injury while visiting them. If it can be proved that insufficient Health & Safety provisions were made; then you may well be entitled to get compensation.
Councils also have a responsibility to ensure that all pavements, roads and bridle paths are clear of defects and well-maintained to avoid accidents.
Unfortunately a large number of people fall victim to an accident abroad, contracting an illness or suffering from an unforeseen injury. Any accident, illness or injury suffered of holiday can of course cause pain and upset, and in addition, often results in disruption to the remaining time spent abroad. However in circumstances such as these there are laws in place to protect those who are the victim of an incident abroad which occurred as the result of circumstances outside of their control.
Asbestos Related Illnesses
Asbestos can be very dangerous. It does not present a health risk if it is undisturbed, but if material containing asbestos is chipped, drilled, broken or allowed to deteriorate, it can release a fine dust that contains asbestos fibres.
Sexual & Physical Abuse
We do understand how extremely difficult it is to come forward and talk about any sexual or physical abuse that you or a close family member has suffered. We know how traumatic the recollection of events can be, and our solicitors will do all they can to ensure that you feel safe and secure throughout the claims process.
In any abuse claim, the abuse of trust can be the most difficult aspect to come to terms with. If you have been subjected to abuse from someone who was in a position of trust, such as a carer, parent or professional, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Hearing Loss Claims
Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) also known as Industrial Hearing Loss, is a work related condition that results in the loss of hearing (often over a prolonged period of time) as a consequence of a person’s working environment. Hearing loss often appears years, if not decades later from the original exposure meaning many people do not identify their work as the cause.
Motoring & Criminal
Stewarts Solicitors has a long tradition of skilled representation in criminal proceedings. We provide essential advice and representation in all local criminal Courts and at Police Stations.
In this area of law, it is essential that clients are able to rely upon the skill and experience of their Solicitor to protect their legal rights and personal freedom at all times. Our motoring & driving law department has a highly qualified team with many years of experience.
We cover the whole of Northern Ireland an appear at criminal courts in Antrim Court Solicitors; Armagh Court Solicitors; Ballymena Court Solicitors; Banbridge Court Solicitors; Coleraine Court Solicitors; Craigavon Court Solicitors; Downpatrick Court Solicitors; Dungannon Court Solicitors; Enniskillen Court Solicitors; Laganside Court Solicitors; Magistrates Court Solicitors; Limavady Court Solicitors; Lisburn Court Solicitors; Londonderry Court Solicitors; Derry Court Solicitors; Magherafelt Court Solicitors; Newry Court Solicitors; Newtownards Court Solicitor; Omagh Court Solicitors and Strabane Court Solicitors.
Our experienced family law department offers a full range of services to assist those going through a breakdown in their family relationship.
Many of our divorce solicitors and separation solicitors are also certified Collaborative lawyers, an organisation committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes through non-confrontational communication.
Our Family Solicitors encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family, in particular the best interests of any children or dependants.
Our domestic violence and protection from harassment solicitors offer a free initial consultation about domestic violence or abuse in a relationship. The law seeks to protect those people who find themselves in situations where they are subjected to such abuse. The family courts have the ability to make non-molestation and occupation orders and we can help you apply for an ‘injunction’ if you’ve been the victim of domestic violence.
Many of our children law solicitors are accredited members of the Children Order Panel. Our children lawyers are experienced in assisting parents and guardians of children by providing sound, clear advice on the legal requirements and the legal remedies available in relation to parental responsibility, contact and residence of children, together with Prohibited Steps Orders and Specific Issue Orders. We can also assist in Private Law proceedings, if you are applying to adopt a child, or if you are objecting to someone trying to adopt your child.
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