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Birth Injury Claims

It’s meant to be one of the greatest and happiest moments of your life. You are giving birth to your baby, but what do you do when something goes wrong?

Birth injuries are traumatic and you don’t deserve that. A day meant for joy and happiness can turn into just the opposite. We understand the pain that can be caused when medical negligence causes birth injuries and we will support your claim with sensitivity and understanding.

What is a Birth Injury?

When we talk about birthing injuries, we don’t just mean to the mother, but also to the baby. There are many reasons why medical negligence can occur during your pregnancy, such as:

  • If your doctor or midwife fail to diagnose a condition during your pregnancy, like Maternal Diabetes, Uterine Rapture and Placental Abruption or Wrongful Births.
  • If the mother or baby suffers an injury during labour due to the negligence of the healthcare professional, which can lead to Cerebral Palsy, Episiotomy and Second or Third degree tears and Forceps delivery or Ventouse delivery.

Your pregnancy and birth can go smoothly and you can feel relieved and joyful at having given birth to your baby. But what if a few months later you discover your child has a condition that should have been spotted at the birth and wasn’t due to medical negligence.  You will feel let down and unsure how to proceed.

Common types of Birth Injuries

If you have suffered any of the following then you may have a claim for compensation:

Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy occurs as a result of the foetus developing outside the womb, typically in the Fallopian tube, because of this the fertilised ovary will be unable to develop. Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy include abnormal vaginal bleeding and abdominal pain typically in one side of the body.

Rhesus Disease

Rhesus disease can only occur if the mother has rhesus-negative blood and the baby has rhesus-positive blood, the mother must also have been previously sensitised to RhD-positive blood. The condition does not affect the mother but can cause the baby to become anaemic and develop jaundice.

Pre-Eclampsia

Early signs of pre-eclampsia include high blood pressure and protein in your urine, which should be noticed by doctors during your antenatal appointments. Some health problems associated with pre-eclampsia include strokes, organ problems and blood clotting.

Stillbirth

Around half of still births occur because of placental complications, 10% occur due to still born babies having a birth defect which contributed to their death. A small percentage of stillbirths can be linked to pre-eclampsia.

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes is a type of diabetes that only affects pregnant woman. Sometimes pregnant develop higher than normal levels of glucose, which the body cannot control. Symptoms include a dry mouth, the need to urinate more frequently, tiredness and blurred vision.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is a condition that effects muscle co-ordination, leaving children in need of constant care through out their lives.  It can be caused by an infection caught by the mother during pregnancy, a premature birth with complications, bleeding in the baby’s brain and mutations in the brain during development.

Retained Products of Conception

Retained Products of Conception (RPOC) is the term used when placental and/or fetal tissue remains in the uterus after a miscarriage, abortion or preterm delivery.  Some of the symptoms include heavy bleeding, stomach cramps and fever.

Wrongful Birth

If a doctor fails to inform a woman of a genetic abnormality their baby may face during their life such as learning difficulties or deformities this is considered a wrongful birth.

How to make a Birth Injury Claim

We know that this is a traumatic experience to endure, that’s why our specialist team of solicitors treat every case with understanding and sensitivity.

If you have suffered from Medical Negligence that has resulted in a Birth Injury you have the right to make a claim for compensation.

To make a Birth Injury Claim Freephone 0800 193 88 88
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