Moving forward after an avoidable birth injury leading to cerebral palsy – one family’s journey

Our client Pauline* has bravely, and kindly, agreed for us to follow her family’s past medical negligence journey in a series of blogs. More than 11 years ago, during her second daughter’s birth, medical professionals failed to take the appropriate course of action to deliver her baby via a caesarean section. Instead, a natural birth … Read more

Patient safety in crisis

Maternity issues are now one of the biggest challenges facing hospitals in England and Wales. Failings in medical care in maternity units across the country are coming to light as serious patient safety concerns, many of which have been exposed as dating back for decades, are being identified. The recently reported incidents of avoidable harm … Read more

Everything you need to know about stillbirth claims

Losing a baby as a result of a stillbirth is devastating and traumatic. Stillbirth incidents occur in one in every 250 births in England according to the NHS. Some stillbirths cannot be explained, nor prevented. These incidents may have occurred because of complications such as the baby having a genetic physical defect, complications with the … Read more

A guide to birth injury compensation claims

Taking legal action is often a last resort, however, for families affected by suspected medical negligence, birth injury compensation claims are the only way to ensure that their child’s complex needs are met. UK law in relation to medical errors is fault based. This means that families who suspect that their child’s significant injuries could … Read more

Blackpool solicitor recognised in industry league table

Blackpool based Diane Rostron has been recognised in the annual The Legal 500 UK rankings as one of the leading clinical negligence teams in the North West. Specialising in catastrophic brain injuries at birth, the team has once again been ranked alongside significantly larger law firms in the highly competitive category. The Legal 500 UK … Read more

A parent’s guide to erb’s palsy claims

Incidents of medical negligence in maternity settings can cause significant birth trauma and permanent personal injury. Families in these sad circumstances are not alone and help is available for injury claims for children with erb’s palsy. What type of injury leads to an erb’s palsy claim? This can be caused by an injury that has … Read more

Cwm Taf maternity services – listening to families

The current stream of news highlighting serious issues in maternity services in England and Wales is a real worry for those planning to start, or grow, their family. What began as a seemingly isolated issue when the Morecambe Bay maternity scandal was exposed in 2015, has since transpired to be a more widespread and complex … Read more