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Our specialist obstetric negligence solicitors have helped many mothers claim compensation after they have suffered injury as a result of medical negligence during or after giving birth.

We guarantee our clients the highest standards of advice and representation, drawing on the understanding that we have gained from decades of successful claims, to ensure that each client is treated with empathy and sympathy by their specialist solicitor throughout the claim.

Our past clients tell us that what they valued most was our lawyers' friends, empathetic support. We take great care to understand each client's injury and the needs that arise from the physical, emotional, psychological, and financial impact on their life.

What is obstetric negligence?

The medical field of obstetrics relates to the care that is given to women during pregnancy, during childbirth and immediately after birth (postpartum care). Compensation claims arising from medical negligence at birth often focus on the catastrophic injury suffered by the baby, but maternity mistakes can often leave the mother with serious injuries too.

Maternal injury can be life-threatening. A mother’s injury can also be devastating to the family as a whole, especially where it leaves her permanently injured, unable to return to work or care for herself, physically or psychologically unable to care for her children or unable to have more children in future.

Where a woman has suffered severe injury caused by obstetric errors, anaesthetic mistakes or midwife negligence in childbirth, whether or not her child has been injured, she may be entitled to claim compensation.

Starting your obstetric negligence claim

To start your obstetric negligence claim please contact our specialist solicitors for a free, no obligation, confidential discussion.

We will obtain medical records, any investigation documentation and treatment protocols. We will then take a detailed witness statement from you and others as necessary, and instruct independent medical experts to consider the care you received and the consequences for you of the failings in your care.

The defendant may accept responsibility for your injury as a result of negligent care, and we may be able to negotiate the appropriate compensation award at this point.

If settlement is not achieved, we will start court proceedings and take your case towards trial, keeping the defendant under pressure to agree an appropriate settlement of your claim. Over 95% of cases succeed without the need for trial, but every case is prepared on the basis that a judge will need to decide all the issues in your claim that the defendant has not admitted.


Why choose Boyes Turner?

Our obstetric solicitors and maternal injury specialists have over 30 years of top-level clinical negligence litigation experience and are nationally recognised and accredited as leading experts in these complex claims.

Whilst we work hard to secure the judgments, interim payments and settlements which can help ease the hardship associated with serious injury, our clients can rest assured knowing that their claim is in safe hands.

  • We are nationally acclaimed medical negligence lawyers. We are recognised as leading clinical negligence experts by Chambers Directory and Legal 500.
  • Our award-winning solicitors are accredited for our expertise by the Law Society, AvMA and APIL. We secure maximum compensation settlements for our clients which make the best provision for their current and future needs.
  • We have an extensive and highly experienced medical negligence team with proven skills to succeed in high value, complex claims involving catastrophic injury, severe disability and fatality.


Obstetric negligence claims frequently asked questions

What types of obstetric negligence can lead to a compensation claim?

Negligent mistakes in childbirth which often lead to obstetric or midwifery negligence compensation claims include:

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What types of maternal injury lead to obstetric negligence compensation claims?

Mistakes in maternity care can occur at any time during the mother’s care in pregnancy (antenatally), during labour and birth, and immediately after birth (postpartum). Maternal injuries which often lead to obstetric compensation claims include:

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Who can be liable for an obstetric negligence claim?

Injury may be caused by the negligence of one individual, such as a midwife or obstetrician, or as a result of a lack of communication and teamwork between healthcare professionals of different specialisms across several different healthcare settings (such as GP surgery, antenatal clinic, labour ward).

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Our previous obstetric cases

£375,000 settlement for a woman who was left severely incapacitated by bowel incontinence, recurrent infections, sexual dysfunction and a psychological injury after years of negligent failure to treat a fourth-degree vaginal tear.

£200,000 settlement for a woman who suffered disabling faecal incontinence, restricting her ability to work or leave the house, as a result of an obstetric registrar’s negligent failure to repair a third-degree vaginal tear after the birth of her child. Our client also suffered a psychological injury.

£200,000 compensation for a client who was left with faecal urgency, incontinence and a psychological injury after a midwife failed to recognise that she had suffered a third degree vaginal/perineal tear and carried out an inadequate repair.

£120,000 settlement for a mother after a severe vaginal tear during a forceps birth caused significant worsening of a previously occasional faecal incontinence condition. The hospital denied responsibility for our client's injury and challenged her entitlement to make a claim eight years after the birth. Settlement was achieved at a mediation.

£107,500 settlement for a client who suffered faecal incontinence, sexual dysfunction, pain, seven remedial operations and a psychological injury after a doctor’s negligent attempt to repair a severe vaginal/perineal tear after the delivery of her child.

Settlement and an apology for the mother of a baby who was stillborn following mistakes in her maternity care. Our client’s settlement included compensation for her psychological injury.

£85,000 settlement for a client who developed severe infection and needed additional surgery for a bowel injury after a swab was left inside her after her caesarean section operation. She also suffered a psychological injury.

£30,000 settlement for a mother who suffered a psychological injury, including PTSD, as a result of the negligent management of her baby’s traumatic delivery.

Compensation settlement for a mother who suffered uterine rupture and psychological injuries/PTSD during a VBAC delivery resulting in the stillbirth of her baby. 

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Meet your specialist team

Our specialist Obstetric negligence claims team are considered leaders in the field and have a significant amount of expertise.
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Susan Brown


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Julie Marsh


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Richard Money-Kyrle


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Sita Soni

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Vanessa Wand

Senior associate - solicitor

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Rachel Makore

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Tara Pileggi-Byrne

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Alpa Rana

Associate - solicitor

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Fran Rothwell

Associate solicitor

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Ben Ireland


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Alice Carley


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Nicky Melville


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Audrey Elmore

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Our medical negligence and personal injury teams have been nationally recognised for over 20 years because of their expertise, empathy and commitment to securing maximum compensation for our clients.

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What our clients say

"Amazing support"

Fran has been an amazing support through a very difficult time for me and my family. Always available to speak and kept me in the loop with anything happening, she has been so kind, and I thank her so much for helping and getting my mum the justice she deserved.

Ms Alison

"Honest, approachable and truly empathetic"

What has to be some of the most testing horrible times was dealt with in a dignified, honest, approachable and truly empathetic manner. I could not begin to do Susan justice for her handling of our case.

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"they kept us fully informed "

I approached Boyes Turner after my claim was turned down by one of the Medical Negligence Claim company. My wife was a victim of medical negligence.

Boyes Turner have acted so efficiently on our behalf and was able to win our case. Anytime we contact them, their customer service was very good as they kept us fully informed of every level our case has developed. They are very friendly and approachable and great in their professional advise. I would strongly recommend anyone approach them for their legal and medical negligence services.

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"Thoroughly professional, knowledgable and approachable"

Thoroughly professional, knowledgable and approachable with communication and updates as and when needed, in what can be a drawn out process, I was always comfortable asking questions and always received answers which were clear and understandable. Highly recommend

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"Amazing professional firm"

I came to Boyes Turner desperate after searching the web for a firm to use for my sons case. He was only a few months so my mind was all over the place, but from the very first point of contact I felt a sense of relieve and belonging. I was welcomed and looked after by amazing staff who always communicated everything so well and went the extra mile to explain things and ensure I understood what was happening every step of the way (THANK YOU SUSAN BROWN). Susan was amazing I felt like I not only had a solicitor but someone who understood my emotions as a mother and always handled me with so much compassion and that was all I needed to keep me going for the 6 years of the case. Years went by in a breeze because of how professional Boyes Turner was. I am so greatful I went through it all with them and mananged to get my son a good compensation. We look forward our new life where my sons needs are priority after struggling for so long. Thank you Boyes Turner and thank you Susan Brown. My family and I are ever indebted.

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