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Wrongful Birth Claims – Genetic Testing

The vast majority of antenatal care is expertly handled by the NHS or private hospitals but sometime things can go wrong.

Genetic tests

As well as lifestyle advice and ultrasound scanning the mother’s antenatal care will include advice on genetic tests. Some mothers and fathers are carriers of genetic disorders which may or may not have an impact on their health but which could have severe consequences for their unborn child.

Genetic testing negligence

Genetic testing should be able to identify these potential conditions and the parents can make an informed choice on whether to continue with the pregnancy. Typically claims might involve Downs syndrome, cystic fibrosis, Fragile X or Tay-Sachs.

Case study

A couple underwent IVF. The father was a known carrier of the cystic fibrosis gene. The mother was not tested. Sadly, it transpired that she was also a carrier and their child was born with cystic fibrosis, facing a lifetime of health issues. Our specialist team solicitors settled this case for a significant six figure sum.

Genetic testing is likely to become an increasing issue for healthcare providers as medical science develops more knowledge of these issues.

Wrongful birth compensation

The UK law allows a compensation claim to be brought to compensate the mother and father for the additional time and costs of bringing up a disabled child. If the child is likely to be unable to care for themselves after reaching adulthood then the claim will be to compensate the mother and father for the rest of their lives.

Other cases have related to Down’s syndrome, Spina bifida, Cystic fibrosis, Missing limbs, brain structures missing or cardiac problems.

Our highly experienced team of specialist clinical negligence lawyers are here to assist and to advise. They will advise you comprehensively about the merits of your claim, funding and ensure that you and your family get the best possible results.

The majority of our cases are funded by way of a conditional fee agreement, more commonly known as a no win no fee agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you.

Our Medical Negligence Solicitors are backed by four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of London Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving favourable client outcomes. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0800 437 0322 today.

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