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The birth of a child should be a time of happiness, excitement and celebration. Unfortunately, from time-to-time things go wrong, often leading to devastating consequences.

Sadly, when mistakes, such as obstetric negligence, are made by medical professionals, the result is pain, heartache and frustration for victims and their families alike.

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Ruth Powell


Ruth is a Partner and Head of our Clinical Negligence Department. She has exclusively practised in clinical negligence since qualifying in 1995 and has a wealth of experience in complex and high value clinical negligence claims.

Obstetric negligence compensation claims

Obstetrics is the specialty dealing with the care of a woman and her new child during childbirth and the period shortly following birth.

Obstetric claims cover a very wide range of issues. These can include:

  • Anaesthetic awareness
  • Cerebral palsy and birth asphyxia
  • Congenital hip dysplasia
  • Damage to baby because of mismanaged labour or delivery
  • Damage to baby because of the failure to note a high risk pregnancy
  • Erbs palsy or brachial plexus injuries
  • Failure to detect abnormalities in foetus
  • Failure to diagnose and treat an ectopic pregnancy
  • Failure to recognise extent of vaginal tear
  • Forceps delivery or ventouse delivery
  • Inadequate management of pre-eclampsia
  • Incorrectly sutured episiotomy
  • Neonatal death
  • Neonatal illnesses – hypoglycaemia
  • Undiagnosed disability e.g. Down’s Syndrome

Hugh James obstetric claims experience

If a member of your family has suffered injury as a result of birth, they could be eligible for compensation.

Not all children who are injured at birth are eligible for compensation and you will need expert advice to assist you in determining whether you have a claim.

At Hugh James we believe in providing excellent client care by keeping clients informed at each stage of the case. Our initial assessment of your clinical negligence claim is free of charge.

If we advise that you have a potential claim for compensation we will act to gather the relevant employment and medical evidence to build your case. We have access to the best specialist medical experts to enable us to obtain evidence of past and possible future needs to ensure that you are adequately compensated for the disability you suffer.

We treat every client with sensitivity and care, whilst aiming at the same time to deliver results including the highest financial settlement possible.

If you or a member of your family has suffered as a result of a wrong medical diagnosis or poor treatment contact our friendly and approachable team today.

Hugh James has assisted many people to claim compensation due to negligence on the part of medical professionals in the fields of obstetrics. If after talking to us you decide not to take matters further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our initial advice session.

If you believe that you have a claim in relation to any negligent obstetric treatment you have received, then please contact a member of our specialist team today.

We are dedicated to your best interests and can advise you on how to proceed.

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