Stillbirth Pregnancy Claims

Stillbirth during pregnancy or labour can be caused by negligence

Stillbirth occurs when a baby which has died in the uterus during pregnancy, labour or delivery, exits a woman's body.

In the UK, all stillbirths have to be registered by law. The Stillbirth Definition Act (1992) states: "any 'child' expelled or issued forth from its mother after the 24th week of pregnancy that did not breathe or show any other signs of life should be registered as a stillbirth". In England and Wales, this must be done within 42 days whereby a Certificate will be issued to the parent(s).

Stillbirth Injury - Medical negligence claims advice

What causes stillbirth?

The exact cause remains uncertain, but some of the known causes can be:

  • Congenital malformations
  • Ante-partum haemorrhage
  • Prematurity
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Rhesus incompatibility
  • Obstetric cholestasis
  • Pre-existing maternal medical conditions
  • Birth trauma
  • Infections
  • Immunological disorders

Can I claim compensation for stillbirth?

If it has been caused as a result of medical negligence (eg sub standard care) during pregnancy or during the birth of your baby you may be entitled to compensation.

Jurisdiction (Location)

Please note: If your medical negligence complaint relates to a hospital in Scotland or Ireland this will fall outside of our solicitor's jurisdiction and we advise you to contact a local solicitor, however if you now live in Scotland or Ireland and your complaint is regarding a hospital in England or Wales we will be more than happy to assist you.

We can help you

If you believe you have a medical negligence birth injury claim please call our specialist solicitors today on freephone: 0808 129 3320 or use our free, no obligation, online enquiry form to register for a call back.

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