Birth Injury.

Birth Injury Solicitors for Medical Negligence at Childbirth.

Our Birth Injury Solicitors are experts in claiming compensation for birth injuries. Call us now for a free, confidential, initial consultation.

We will assess your claim and help you understand the options. Our expert team will listen carefully to what has occurred and advise you on whether we feel you have grounds to make a Birth Injury Claim.

Thankfully, due to advances in medicine and midwifery care in the UK, the risks to both mother and baby during birth have been drastically reduced and most babies are born without the need for medical intervention.

Inevitably though, there are still times when complications occur during labour, and emergency medical treatment is required to preserve the health, and sometimes the life, of both the mother and the baby. When this happens, we all rely on the experience, skills, and decisions made by the medical professionals entrusted with our care.

If a medical professional makes an error during the birth of your child, it can have devastating consequences – both for the life of your child and your own life.

Unfortunately, no amount of compensation can reverse the damage caused, but a successful Birth Injury Claim can provide the financial support and care provision, to help make life as comfortable and stress-free as possible, no matter how serious the injury is. You deserve every element of help, support and treatment available to you and your family.

It is important to have a team of experienced Birth Injury Solicitors on your side during what is a traumatic and upsetting time, and the specialists at Lanyon Bowdler have the knowledge, commitment and dedication to client care you need.

If you or your child were injured during pregnancy or childbirth, we can help you make a Birth injury Claim to give you the closure and financial support you deserve.
Cerebral palsy is the most common Birth Injury Claim, but there are many other types. We have been successful in a wide variety of childbirth injury claims including:

If you or your baby have suffered a birth injury due to negligence, call our medical negligence solicitors now for a free, confidential, initial consultation.

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Our Birth Injury Claims Expertise

Our Birth Injury Solicitors have years of experience supporting claims for injuries sustained by children and parents during childbirth. Contact Lanyon Bowdler today to assess your case with a compassionate and qualified solicitor.

The Legal 500 & Chambers UK Recommendations

The Medical Negligence department is recognised in Tier One for the West Midlands in the 2024 edition of The Legal 500, which states ‘It has a vast array of experience in cases involving catastrophic injuries (including birth, brain and spinal injuries, amputations and fatal claims)’. A testimonial reads: ‘Real specialists in their field with a great understanding of the sector and the requirements pertinent to it but within what feels like a more personal and more compact team. They are always keen to put vulnerable clients and their needs first and to ensure that everything possible is done to smooth the process for them’. Work highlights include: ‘Secured a £1.1m settlement negotiated at mediation for maternal injury claim notwithstanding initial denial of liability and disputed extent of injury suffered’.

The Chambers UK 2024 ranks the department in Band One, describing us as an “impressive practice group with a growing presence across the West Midlands”. They add: “The team offers specialist advice across the full gamut of clinical negligence mandates, with particular experience in cases of surgical error, delayed diagnosis and failure to supervise those at risk of suicide. The firm is additionally skilled in cases relating to post-surgical negligence, brain injury and fatal claims.”

Lanyon Bowdler Win 'Team Of The Year' In Personal Injury Awards

In 2018 Lanyon Bowdler won the Clinical Negligence Team of the Year title at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards in Manchester, beating off competition from across the UK.

In 2022 the team were finalists for the same aware and department head, Beth Heath won the award for Clinical Negligence Solicitor of the Year.

Personal Injury Awards 2022

Lanyon Bowdler were 2022 Personal Injury Awards Finalists.

We were very proud to be shortlisted for Clinical Negligence Team of the Year.

Personal Injury Awards 2022 finalist

Your Birth Injury Negligence questions answered

Is there a time limit for making a birth injury claim?

In general, the time limit for bringing a personal injury claim is three years from the date of the injury or the ‘date of knowledge’ of the injury (to cover situations where the impacts surface at a future time).

However, if a child sustains an injury at birth the time limit will often expire on their 21st birthday unless the child never gains mental capacity. In which case the time limits do not apply.

No matter what these general rules say, it is always advisable to seek the advice of an experienced professional who understands all of the technical nuances. There may be important factors in your case that could prove vital to a successful outcome that may be missed otherwise.

Early intervention by an expert is always beneficial in complex cases like Birth Injury Compensation Claims.

Can birth injuries cause cerebral palsy?

The most common cause of cerebral palsy is a lack of oxygen during birth, which causes progressive and irreversible brain injury. This can, unfortunately, happen due to clinical negligence, if the hospital fails to make a timely intervention in labour or makes another error resulting in a failure to provide a suitable standard of care.

There are different forms of cerebral palsy that affect a baby’s movement with differing levels of severity, and each can cause cognitive and physical impairment. There are three broad categories: spastic, athetoid and ataxic cerebral palsy.
A lot of medical care will be required by a baby suffering from cerebral palsy, so it is important to be aware of the legal options available, by contacting our cerebral palsy solicitors, if you think you might be entitled to compensation.

Can I make a Shoulder Dystocia Claim?

Shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby’s shoulder becomes trapped behind the mother’s pelvic bone during pregnancy. The common risk factors include maternal diabetes, a suspected large baby and a family history of shoulder dystocia.

The condition can result in shoulder paralysis (which could be permanent), a strain of the nerves running through the neck, or a broken bone or clavicle.

Sadly, some shoulder dystocia cases are due to clinical negligence and can be avoided. You could be entitled to make a birth injury compensation claim if there is any evidence of a lack of medical skill or care in your case.

Can I make a Brachial Plexus Injury or Erb's Palsy Claim?

Brachial plexus injury, or Erb’s palsy as it is also known, often arises due to shoulder dystocia. The brachial plexus is a series of nerves that link the spine to the shoulder, arm and hand, and damage to those nerves during birth can result in a brachial plexus birth injury.

Symptoms can include a lack of muscle control in the arm, hand or wrist, a lack of feeling in the arm or hand, or even a paralysed arm. A brachial plexus injury can be temporary but is often permanent.
Many injuries happen at birth when the baby’s shoulders have become impacted and the brachial plexus nerves are stretched or torn.
If medical professionals failed to reduce the risk of a potential birth injury, it can be a case of medical negligence.

Testimonials

What our clients say.

Communication was second to none. Thank you.

Mr G
Telford

Since dealing with Lanyon Bowdler they have been diligent, efficient and at all times very helpful along with being structured in dealing with matters, fees and clarity on all levels. Thank you.

Michael
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I was clearly informed of progress step by step. The service you provided was very good.

Peter Weston
Shrewsbury

All work carried out effectively and efficiently.

Hubert Jones
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An excellent service with solicitors that you can talk to and who give you a clear understanding of all necessary legal implications and interpretations.

Eric
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From start to finish we had excellent service. Friendly, approachable and professional.

Carl Gittins
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Very clear, concise advice and guidance, easy to understand.

Ian Jamieson
Telford

Over the last seven years I have been represented by Lanyon Bowdler in a clinical negligence case. Throughout this time, I put my complete trust in the firm and they did not let me down.

Darren
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My solicitor kept me informed on everything in the five years that it took to have a successful claim.

Gill
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Good service provided throughout with clear communication throughout with all options explored.

Lee

I can thoroughly recommend the highly professional and supportive service received over the last few months.

Heather
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Responsive, supportive, approachable, clear and empathetic.

Lisa Thacker

Professional and prompt communication. Supportive and client focused.

Lisa Thacker
Jennifer M Whittall Ltd

Whenever I have had need to contact Lanyon Bowdler I have always received a fast, concise and friendly response.

Lee Mortimer
UK Case Management

Definitely would use Lanyon Bowdler again if I need the use of a solicitor.

Mark Bowkett
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Smooth and efficient service from very professional firm.

Tim
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We were particularly impressed with the quality of work, the speed and excellent communication.

Allenby Douglas Ltd
Oswestry

Very friendly and approachable. Very good advice

Ivor Brown
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Great Service; Lanyon Bowdler were excellent from the outset. Straightforward and easy process. I just sat back and waited.

Paul Rowe
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Our first experience with a medical claim has been made that much more painless by the clear and consistent advice provided to date, thank you.

Peter
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Everything has been professional, efficient and courteous throughout and we are very pleased, both with the service and with the eventual outcome of our case. Everything was first class and exceeded our expectations. Thank you again for providing such splendid service. It is really appreciated.

Mr N J & Dr S J Browne
Llanfyllin
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"From preparing the case and explaining all the problems and chances of winning, to finding the experts to write reports and a barrister, to settling the case, the level of knowledge and expertise is exceptional." Chambers UK 2024

Contact Lanyon Bowdler’s Birth Injury Solicitors

At Lanyon Bowdler, we take pride in being a friendly and approachable law firm, so please get in touch if you have been affected by a birth injury. Our team of specialist Birth Injury Lawyers are part of our award-winning medical negligence team, we will be happy to talk you through the process of filing a compensation claim.

If you think you or a family member has been treated negligently by a hospital or medical staff during pregnancy or childbirth, which has resulted in injuries to the child or mother, then it is likely you are entitled to make a Medical Negligence Claim. Give us a call or complete our online enquiry form, to see how our team can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. There is no obligation on you or any charges for our initial assessment.

By choosing Lanyon Bowdler for your Birth Injury Medical Negligence Claim, you can rest assured that you have the best legal expertise on your team. Lanyon Bowdler’s Medical Negligence team is widely acclaimed and recognised as one of the best clinical negligence departments in the country. We are committed to providing exceptional levels of client care and will work closely and considerately with you to help find the best outcomes and help to get your life back on track.

We have offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Conwy, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry, and Telford, so are able to act for clients throughout Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales and across the Midlands (including Wolverhampton & Birmingham). As a leading full-service law firm, we can represent you wherever you live in England or Wales.

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Our people

Meet the team.

Beth Heath
Beth Heath
Partner
Medical Negligence
Emma Broomfield
Emma Broomfield
Partner
Medical Negligence
Laura Weir
Laura Weir
Partner
Medical Negligence
Lucy Small
Lucy Small
Partner
Medical Negligence
Isabella Drummond
Isabella Drummond
Paralegal Apprentice
Personal Injury | Medical Negligence
Bryn Auger
Bryn Auger
Legal Support Assistant
Medical Negligence
Rebecca Asquith
Rebecca Asquith
Legal Support Assistant
Medical Negligence
Martin Hood
Martin Hood
Solicitor
Medical Negligence
Ola Muras
Ola Muras
Legal Support Assistant
Medical Negligence
Emma Farrington
Emma Farrington
Solicitor
Medical Negligence
Natasha Gibbons
Natasha Gibbons
Associate Solicitor
Medical Negligence
Georgia Bennett
Georgia Bennett
Legal Support Assistant
Medical Negligence
Amy Bills
Amy Bills
Solicitor
Medical Negligence
Sophie Bridges
Sophie Bridges
Solicitor
Medical Negligence
Nicole Smith
Nicole Smith
Legal Support Assistant
Medical Negligence
Cassie Stocker
Cassie Stocker
Legal Support Assistant
Medical Negligence
Kelly Reynolds
Kelly Reynolds
Trainee Solicitor
Medical Negligence
Sarah Martin
Sarah Martin
Costs Draftsman
Medical Negligence | Personal Injury
Andrew Morris
Andrew Morris
Trainee Costs Draftsman
Medical Negligence | Personal Injury
Adam Hodson
Adam Hodson
Associate Solicitor
Medical Negligence
David Hughes
David Hughes
Costs Manager
Medical Negligence | Personal Injury
Kate Ivey
Kate Ivey
Legal Assistant (ACILEX)
Medical Negligence
Alicia Johns
Alicia Johns
Chartered Legal Executive
Medical Negligence
Kay Kelly
Kay Kelly
Consultant
Medical Negligence
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Case studies.

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Multi Million Pound Settlement following Avoidable Birth Injury

In August 2020 Lanyon Bowdler obtained a lump sum in damages and periodical payments for life to cover care and case man...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Misdiagnosis of Breast Cancer

In June 2001, the claimant (C), on the advice of a practice nurse, consulted the defendant GP (D) about her left breast....
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Meningitis Case – £4m Awarded

The failed diagnosis led the claimant to suffer severe and irreversible brain damage leaving him with the mental age of ...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Out of Court Settlement after Newborn Baby Tragically Dies

Lanyon Bowdler settled a claim for two claimants whose newborn daughter tragically died at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Psychiatric Injury to Mother Following Birth of Child with Life Changing Injuries

Initially Lanyon Bowdler were instructed in relation to a birth injury claim for N’s son. He suffers with cerebral pal...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Ruptured Ovarian Cyst

In January 1995 the deceased underwent surgery following the discovery of a large ovarian cyst. During the course of the...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Highest Ever Award for Single Lower Limb Amputee

Having been hospitalised for three months, upon discharge she was only able to mobilise with a wheelchair and adaptation...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Delay in Treatment Causes Severe Vision Impairment in Teenager

Throughout year 11 at secondary school the claimant had complained of headaches with vomiting, tinnitus in one ear and d...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Delay in Diagnosis of Tumour

A split trial was ordered. Breach of duty and particularly the central issue of whether the Radiologist had acted neglig...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Delay in Diagnosis of Bowel Cancer Leading to Shortened Life Expectancy

Mrs G had attended her GP with abdominal pain and bowel related symptoms. Blood results also showed low iron levels....
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Delay in Diagnosis and Treatment of Ulnar Collateral Ligament

X-rays were said not to show any fractures but there appeared to be some translation at the metacarpophalangeal joint. ...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Delay in Diagnosis and Treatment of Eptopic Pregnancy

We obtained our client’s medical records and took a detailed statement from her. The records were collated and analyse...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Delay in Detection of Cervical Cancer

The Consultant failed to heed the advice of the Pathologist, suspicious of the findings of the biopsy and unhappy with t...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Damage to Bile Duct During Laparoscopic Surgery

The injury to the bile duct caused the claimant to develop acute jaundice and it was necessary for her to undergo open r...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Damages Recovered for Loss of Dependency

This was a very difficult case for his widow to pursue. However, she wanted to get answers to the questions how and why ...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Damages Awarded After Loss of Sperm Samples

C wanted to preserve his semen because of his desire to have a family in the future and as such entered an arrangement w...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Compensation Rewarded to Widow Following Death of Husband During Surgery

The claimant contacted Lanyon Bowdler in October 2011 in respect of a possible negligence claim and to seek representati...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Compensation for Trapped Nerve Damage After Plate Insertion

Our client had been a HGV Driver since the 1960s and even before then had always driven vehicles since he left school. A...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Settlement Following Delay in Treatment for Marfan Syndrome

A fatal claim by the widower on behalf of himself and three dependent children following the death of his wife of multi-...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Compensation for Plastic Surgery Blunder

C suffered numerous problems postoperatively and in particular the outer corner of her right eye became red and swollen ...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Compensation for Delay in Diagnosing Cyst

The claimant alleged that if the treatment had been undertaken in November 2001, the procedure would have been more stra...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Six Figure Settlement for Family after Negligence Claim

In September 2020 Lanyon Bowdler successfully settled the case brought on behalf of the widow and infant son of the late...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Clinical Negligence Resulting In Paraplegia

During his stay in hospital he developed symptoms of infection to include urinary retention, increased temperature and s...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Stillbirth should have been Avoided

Lanyon Bowdler’s clinical negligence team settled a tragic case for C relating to the stillbirth of her son in January...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Claim for Extraction of Wrong Tooth

The records confirm that when attempting to elevate the roots of UR7, UR8 was accidentally extracted as well....
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Successful Claim Following Complications During Hysterectomy

Following abnormalities identified on a routine smear test, the claimant opted to undergo a hysterectomy....
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Claim for Damages After Failed Sterilisation

Proceedings were issued on 26 March 2009 and the case continued to be defended by D after service of the schedule of los...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Claim Following Hip Surgery

As a result of the operation the claimant was significantly disabled. She continued to work but with difficulty and her ...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Twenty Week Scan Failed To Detect Serious Birth Defects

G’s instructions were that a 20 week scan carried out during her pregnancy failed to detect serious birth defects that...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Unnecessary Hysterectomy Causing Permanent Pain And Disability

During an operation an injury was caused to the claimant’s bladder but it was not identified or repaired. ...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Wrongful Birth Case

A claim arising out of the wrongful birth of twin daughters who tragically passed away aged only 8 and 16 months respect...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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Death of Young Mother of Three Could Have Been Avoided

The Trust’s Serious Incident Investigation Report revealed significant failings in care....
Laura Weir • 01 Feb 2024
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Settlement Received For Delay Of Treatment Claim

The claim arose out of failures by the breast clinic to carry out a core biopsy on presentation, causing a delay of 14 m...
Beth Heath • 01 Aug 2023
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Six Figure Settlement Received Within One Year

This is a true example of working collaboratively with the NHS Resolution to reach timely settlement and should be repli...
Laura Weir • 27 Jul 2023
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Six Figure Settlement Obtained For Psychiatric Injuries Following Traumatic Birth

Throughout this pregnancy, Mrs XD developed a strong instinct that something would go wrong with the second twin if deli...
18 Jul 2023
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Misfiled Radiology Report Causes Catastrophic Harm

Mr L originally presented to Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) in 2011 with suspected kidney stones....
18 Jul 2023
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Hospital Missed Key Symptoms Leading To Life Changing Injury

Cauda Equina Syndrome requires emergency hospital admission and may require emergency surgery, because the longer it goe...
18 Jul 2023
Knowledge

Latest knowledge.

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Sailing with the Wind of Change: AvMA’s Fiv...

AvMA's five year strategy aims to transform trust in healthcare providers and improve the lives of people who have ...
Bryn Auger • 10 May 2024
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National Learning Report Released Today Hig...

The Maternity and Newborn Safety Investigations (MNSI) has today released a national learning report that highlight...
Laura Weir • 08 May 2024
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Introducing ‘Martha’s Rule’ – a Step in the...

As of April 2024, hospitals throughout England will be offered funding in order to implement ‘Martha’s Rule’ which ...
Emma Farrington • 22 Apr 2024
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Trust Your Gut – Bowel Cancer Awarene...

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, and is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the warning signs of bowel ...
Ola Muras • 02 Apr 2024
Lanyon Bowdler in the Media
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Inspirational Brain Injury Conference a Major Success

An event in Shrewsbury to celebrate inspirational people who battled back from life-changing brain injuries has been dec...
Lanyon Bowdler Featured on the Shropshire Live Website • 21 Mar 2024
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A Voice for Hidden Disabilities – Lucy Small and Special Guest Anna Redding

Anna was starved of oxygen at birth, and in this episode she chats with clinical negligence solicitor, Lucy Small about ...
Published • 21 Mar 2024
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Costs in Clinical Negligence Claims – Alicia Johns and Emma Farrington

Lanyon Bowdler will continue to help those affected by medical negligence seek justice....
Published • 21 Mar 2024
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Hydrotherapy at Home: Damages, Evidence & A Stag Do In Budapest! – Sophie Bridges and Martin Hood

Solicitors Sophie Bridges and Martin Hood talk about hydrotherapy for patients with spinal cord, brain or orthopaedic in...
Published • 21 Mar 2024
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Maternity: Call for a Four-Nation Inquiry – Laura Weir and Kayleigh Griffiths MBE

During this episode Laura Weir is joined by Kayleigh Griffiths to discuss the need for safer maternity care in the UK....
Published • 20 Mar 2024
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Beware the Risks of Associate Physicians in...

While the majority of healthcare professionals in the NHS are highly skilled and dedicated, there is growing concer...
Adam Hodson • 15 Mar 2024
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Interim Payments of Damages

One of the features of clinical negligence cases is the almost unavoidable amount of time they take to resolve, ver...
Martin Hood • 12 Mar 2024
Case Study
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Multi Million Pound Settlement following Avoidable Birth Injury

In August 2020 Lanyon Bowdler obtained a lump sum in damages and periodical payments for life to cover care and case man...
Beth Heath • 26 Feb 2024
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