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Mothers and babies are at higher risk where the pregnancy involves more than one baby and need specialist maternity care. Having twins increases the risk of complications and potentially harmful conditions, such as intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), pre-eclampsia, and gestational (pregnancy-related) diabetes. Twin pregnancies also have complications of their own, such as twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS).

Twin pregnancies must be treated as high risk throughout the mother’s antenatal care, labour and delivery, and in the neonatal (newborn) period immediately after birth. Regular scanning and monitoring throughout pregnancy, and careful planning, monitoring and management of the delivery are essential to ensure a safe outcome for mother and babies.

If you, or your children, have been injured by negligent maternity care, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

What are the different types of twin pregnancy?

We tend to think of twins as identical or non-identical. However, during pregnancy, twins are classified by whether the babies share the placenta and its membranes. The type of twins determines the risk and the level of specialist care that the mother should receive throughout her pregnancy, labour, and delivery. There are three types of twins:

  • DCDA or dichorionic diamniotic twins. DCDA twins each have their own placenta with its own separate inner membrane (amnion) and outer membrane (chorion). All non-identical twins and one third of identical twins are DCDA. DCDA twins have the lowest risk of all twin pregnancies.
  • MCDA or monochorionic diamniotic twins. MCDA twins share the same placenta with one outer membrane (chorion) and two inner membranes (amnion). Around two thirds of all identical twins are MCDA. Twins who are MCDA  are at greatest risk of developing twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). MCDA twins need more frequent scans and monitoring than DCDA twins. Women who are expecting MCDA twins may be referred to a fetal medicine centre for specialist care during pregnancy.
  • MCMA or monochorionic monoamniotic twins. Only 1% (1 in 100) pairs of identical twins are MCMA. MCMA twins share both the inner and outer membranes. MCMA twins need specialist care, frequent scans and close monitoring during pregnancy, as they have a higher risk of life-threatening injury to the babies from cord entanglement.  

Parents can find out which type of twins they have at the antenatal ultrasound scan appointment between 11 and 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Starting your twin pregnancy birth injury claim

To help support your twin pregnancy birth injury claim, 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 child's 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 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?

Boyes Turner’s birth injury specialists are experienced in recovering compensation for twins and their mothers who have been injured by negligent maternity care.

  • We are nationally acclaimed medical negligence lawyers. We are recognised as leading clinical negligence experts by Chambers Directory and Legal 500.
  • We've won awards and accreditations for our work and are known for securing maximum compensation for clients.
  • We have an extensive and highly experienced medical negligence team with proven skills to succeed in high value, complex claims involving catastrophic injury and severe disability.
  • We provide the highest standards of advice, we work with the best medical experts and to support rehabilitation work with top UK treatment providers and many charities.

Twin pregnancy birth injury and negligence claims frequently asked questions

What are the risks and complications of twin pregnancy?

Having twins, triplets or other multiples increases the risk of developing complications of pregnancy. These complications include:

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What kind of mistakes lead to twin pregnancy negligence compensation claims?

Examples of mistakes or negligent care which commonly lead to twin pregnancy compensation claims include:

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What type of injuries can lead to a twin pregnancy birth injury claim?

Our experienced birth injury solicitors investigate the cause and the nature of each client’s injury carefully, to ensure that our client receives their full entitlement to compensation. This includes ensuring that the long-term consequences of their injury, such as future developmental or increasing disability, are understood and taken into account when assessing their future needs and the value of the claim. Injuries which often lead to twin pregnancy negligence compensation claims include:

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Previous Cases

£2,225,000 settlement for a boy who suffered a severe brain injury from twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS)  after delays in referring his mother to a fetal medicine centre for specialist care during pregnancy. 

£24 million equivalent settlement for a second twin whose brain injury and cerebral palsy were caused by hyperstimulation of her mother’s uterus during a negligently managed induction of labour. 

£2.9 million settlement for a second twin whose brain was injured leading to HIE and cerebral palsy when his oxygen supply was cut off by the umbilical cord around his neck during a negligently delayed delivery. 

Compensation settlement for the family of a second twin whose brain was injured during delays caused by a fetal monitoring mix-up in labour. 

Judgment for our client in a claim for a premature twin who suffered a brain injury after negligent treatment of necrotising enterocolitis and negligent ventilation causing hypocarbia. 

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Our specialist Twin pregnancy birth injury and negligence claims team are considered leaders in the field and have a significant amount of expertise.
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