Having a baby is supposed to be a happy, joyful event. Sometimes, however, things can go wrong and either the mother or the baby are injured during pregnancy, labour or delivery. Birth injuries can be devastating and sometimes they can also lead to severe, life-long disability. When such injuries were caused by medical professionals’ judgement errors, mistakes or failure to provide treatment for some reason, birth injury claims may be warranted.
Mothers’ birth injury claims
A mother may, for example, make a claim for birth injury compensation if errors made during her pregnancy or time of labour were caused by:
- Anaesthetic errors
- Errors in pre-eclampsia management
- Mistakes in suturing episiotomies or tears
- Retained swabs
- Third or fourth degree perineal tears
- Wrongly performed episiotomies
Organ injuries sustained during Caesarean sections and/or medical personnel’s failure to recognise such injuries at the time could also qualify a mother to make a birth injury claim.
If problems develop during pregnancy, while the mother is in labour or during the baby’s delivery and these problems are left undiagnosed or are not treated in a timely, suitable fashion, a baby may suffer any one of the following injuries:
- Brain injuries
- Cerebral Palsy
- Cuts and scars
- Fractures to the skull, shoulders or collarbones; arms or legs
- Hip dysplasia
Many of these injuries can also be caused by errors during labour and/or the birth. If it is medical professionals who are responsible for such injuries, parents could be entitled to make birth injury claims.
Accident Advice Helpline
Having dealt with birth injury claims for more than 15 years, our in-house solicitors are fully aware of the complex medical and legal issues involved in making such a claim. They also understand the need to support claimants throughout what is one of the most difficult times in their lives in a sensitive, sympathetic manner.
If you or your child were injured during your pregnancy or your child’s birth due to mistakes, errors of judgement or failure to diagnose or treat problems in time, we can help you get the compensation you are entitled to. Contact us as soon as possible by calling our 24-hour freephone helpline from your UK landline: 0800 689 0500 or your mobile: 0333 500 0993 and speak to one of our advisors. Your call will be treated with utmost confidentiality and you will be under no obligation to pursue a claim at any time.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice