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Brachial & Obstetric Negligence Claims

Solicitors specialising in brachial plexus injury & obstetric negligence compensation

Our expert medical negligence solicitors at Longden Walker and Renney have successfully concluded many cases for individuals who have suffered due to brachial and obstetric negligence. Our unique understanding and ability to provide support during this difficult time is why many people put their trust in us. We understand that the claims process can be an emotional experience for parents and their family and that’s why we strive to offer a first class service, ensuring that you are given the advice and guidance you need.

How does a Brachial Plexus injury occur?

The brachial plexus refers to a leash of nerves that stems from the base of the neck, leading across the shoulders and into the arm. A brachial plexus injury can occur to these nerves during childbirth if the baby’s shoulder becomes stuck behind the symphysis pubis during an obstetric emergency.

Since the baby’s chest is compressed in this situation, its ability to breathe is restricted. Midwives and obstetricians have a window of up to 10 minutes (or fewer, for a distressed baby) to deliver the child before their risk of sustaining brain damage or dying becomes serious. If the baby’s head is pulled too hard during this time, then the nerves of the brachial plexus could become bruised, stressed or completely torn, which can cause significant problems in the future, requiring surgery and/or physiotherapy to fix it.

Do I have a claim?

If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of substandard medical treatment, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim. To succeed with your claim, we will have to prove that:

  • The medical professionals involved breached a duty of care by following a course of action that is not backed by trusted medical opinion
  • As a result of the breach of duty, you have suffered injury

How much will it cost if I decide to claim? 

We work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis with a success fee capped at 25%. If you have legal insurance all of your costs may be covered. 

  • Why choose Longden, Walker and Renney? 
  • We put people first, right down to our team of solicitors who specialise in dealing with clinical negligence cases:
  • We have a dedicated team of professionals who are on hand to offer support and guidance throughout your case
  • We are a local, friendly and professional firm of solicitors based in Sunderland

The legal process

  • We endeavor to make the legal process as straightforward as possible and here's what you can expect: 
  • Submit details of your claim
  • Speak to one of our attentive advisors who will consider your claim and advise you on your prospects of success
  • If you have reasonable prospects of succeeding with your claim, the experts will begin the investigation and build a case for your claim
  • Reach a settlement

Read more about the medical negligence compensation claims process here.

Will I be required to go to court?

This is decided on a case by case basis, however approximately 2% of cases do go to court and the majority are settled outside of court.

Case study

We helped obtain £42,000 compensation for a young girl against a hospital in Stevenage for negligently causing an obstetric brachial plexus palsy injury at her birth. Read more here.

What our clients say

“Longden, Walker & Renney, Solicitors at the Sunderland Branch, were recommended to me by a 3rd party and I am forever grateful for this recommendation. I have nothing but the highest of praise for the Staff who work at Longden, Walker Renney.”