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).
What causes stillbirth?
The exact cause remains uncertain, but some of the known causes can be:
- Congenital malformations
- Ante-partum haemorrhage
- Rhesus incompatibility
- Obstetric cholestasis
- Pre-existing maternal medical conditions
- Birth trauma
- 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.
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.
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