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From time to time, most of us in our lifetime need the expertise of a lawyer. Mothers who suffer from bowel incontinence after childbirth may wish to discuss their circumstances with a law firm with expertise in providing support and advice about available facilities for people with this condition.
As an organisation that supports mothers who have sustained these injuries, we cannot emphasise enough how important it is to seek advice from lawyers who have a wide experience in obstetric practice. It is also important that the law firm provide a high-quality professional service, are sympathetic and understanding when listening to accounts that are often distressing to the mother. It can be important to know about those lawyers who are willing, where necessary, to visit the family in their home because so many mothers find it so difficult to travel.
The MASIC foundation has created a network of legal partners to ensure those needing advice receive reliable support from people who who are compassionate about the consequences of these injuries. Discussions with these lawyers may cover a range of topics such as employment rights, access to specialist services that may not normally be available, the cost of support services or better facilities for coping with the condition at home, a claim for loss of earnings or the emotional consequences of an avoidable injury.
The following law firms are recommended by the trustees of our charity.
Bolt Burdon Kemp is a leading firm with over 30 years’ experience in the area of medical negligence claims. They are recommended by the two main independent guides to the legal profession – a Tier 1 ranked firm in The Legal 500 – and Chambers and Partners. They pride themselves on delivering exceptional client care – clients are given direct access to their solicitors and they are available out of standard office hours, working flexibly to fit best around their clients. Whilst located in London, they are happy to travel anywhere in the country to meet their clients, whether at home or in hospital. The Complex Injury team are passionate about promoting women’s health and making sure that women’s health issues are being discussed, demystified and improved for the benefit of all. Their dedicated Women’s Health Hub discusses a variety of topical issues.
Supporting women who have suffered severe perineal injury during childbirth which results in bowel incontinence is more than about providing legal advice. The solicitor you choose needs to understand the problems you are facing, needs to know where to find the support and treatment you require, needs to focus on improving your quality of life, as well as providing the best legal advice. Clarke Willmott LLP is a national law firm with offices across the country and a long history of representing injured people in clinical negligence cases. A top ranked firm by Legal 500 with Chambers top ranked lawyers, we are always happy to discuss your concerns.
If you’ve been left with an anal sphincter injury after giving birth, we know you’ll want answers about what went wrong. At Enable Law, we understand how difficult life with an anal sphincter injury can be and you can feel confident you’re speaking to a genuine, compassionate expert. Our specialist team of medical negligence solicitors have helped many people who have been left in pain by negligent treatment and we’d like to help you too. With offices in London and across the South and South West, we act for clients all over the UK.
Irwin Mitchell has the largest dedicated medical negligence practice in the country and is committed to working towards improved maternity care and safety. We’re recognised as a first-tier firm, across the country, in the independent legal directories, Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 with leading individuals named across our 15 offices; we’re also panel members of AvMA. We’ve held a Legal Aid Franchise for several years; a quality mark of our expertise and experience. We have a number of longstanding charity relationships and support campaigns focused on patient safety. We’ve set-up a dedicated webinar series, Maternity Matters, led by Anne Kavanagh to share practical guidance, working towards better outcomes for all. Nationally, the team have secured substantial awards on behalf of our clients to ensure they receive the appropriate support and have financial security for the rest of their lives, and made legal history changing the law on behalf of women and children injured as a result of substandard care.
Based in London and Manchester but caring for mothers across the UK, the legal team at Leigh Day are ranked tier 1 in the independent legal directory the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. They are praised for having ‘a large pool of shared knowledge and expertise’ in complex claims involving life-changing injuries or difficult question of law and ethics. Birth injury claims specialist Suzanne White is known for her ‘enthusiasm and advocacy of her clients’ rights’. Sally-Jean Nicholes is a ‘shrewd lawyer with great judgement’ and is ‘committed to get the best result for her clients without losing sight of what is achievable’.
The firm has offices in Lymington, Southampton, Guildford, Woking, Richmond-upon-Thames and central London and acts on behalf of clients nationwide. Its clinical negligence team is top-ranked in ‘The Legal 500’ and in ‘Chambers and Partners’ independent guides to the legal profession. The team includes people who are dual-qualified in medicine and law, and solicitors who have worked at partner-level advising the NHS on claims resolution.
The Maternal injury team at RWK Goodman supports women across the country who have suffered life changing injuries following childbirth, and are independently accredited as a topped ranked firm by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
RWK Goodman’s maternal injury team recognise the devastating effect perineal injury has on a mother and the importance of not just providing legal advice but supporting clients with managing ‘the new normal’. This ensures their clients know where to go to access the right support and have the right medical experts in place to advise on treatment options.
Hannah Blackwell, Senior Associate who heads up the maternal injuries team is accredited by the Law Society for Clinical Negligence and recommended by her clients for her ‘approachability’, ‘friendliness’ an’ ‘efficiency’. Hannah’s clients say of her that ‘nothing was too much trouble’. The maternal injury team are dedicated to raising awareness of post-natal complications and have launched the #WhatAboutMum campaign to raise awareness of these.