Paul McNeil acted for Maria in a wrongful birth claim arising out of the treatment Maria received at hospital during the pregnancy ending with the birth of Andrew on 5 July 1999.

Andrew suffered from VACTRL syndrome, which meant that he had abnormalities of the upper limbs and genito-urinary function.

It was alleged that with proper obstetric care, Maria's pregnancy would have been terminated and Andrew would not have been born.

The issue of liability was agreed between the parties. Maria agreed to accept 90% of the full value of the claim.

The case was settled for £360,000 in July 2003 to include compensation for pain and suffering to the parents, extra care, the cost of treatment and Maria's loss of earnings.


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For further information or if you have a wrongful birth claim (sometimes called fetal medicine claim) please call Paul McNeil on 020 7861 4019 or email

  1. You can speak to any member of our Medical Negligence team on freephone 0800 358 3848
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All enquiries are completely free of charge and we will investigate all funding options for you including legal aid and no win, no fee.


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