Birth injuries are a specialist area of medical negligence which usually result in complex cases that are handled by medical negligence lawyers. If you or your child have been injured as a result of medical negligence, you may be eligible to claim for compensation. Birth injuries can apply to a child or mother who has suffered injuries during pregnancy or whilst giving birth.
Common birth injuries
There are several common birth injuries:
- Cerebral Palsy is caused by brain damage before, during or shortly after birth and is a set of neurological conditions which affect co-ordination and movement. The damage caused and symptoms can vary from child to child – some may experience mobility issues whilst others may require lifelong care and be profoundly disabled.
- Erb’s Palsy is often also referred to as obstetric brachial plexus injury (OBPi) caused by brain trauma. It affects the nerves which give your arm movement and feeling and can lead to fractional or even total arm paralysis. Whilst some babies recover from Erb’s Palsy on their own, others will need medical intervention.
To find out if you could be eligible for birth injury compensation due to medical negligence, just call us today on our 24/7 freephone advice line. We’ll need to prove that the medical care you received fell below acceptable levels, and that this directly led to the birth injury, and this could take some time. For this reason, it may take longer to process your claim than a less complex personal injury claim. You can normally claim on your child’s behalf up to their 18th birthday, however, if your child does not have the ‘capacity’ to claim (for example if they are profoundly mentally disabled) then no time limit applies. However, we do recommend that you claim as soon as possible after the birth so that we can set the ball rolling on your claim.
How can Accident Advice Helpline help you?
We offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, and you can call us to chat about your birth injury claim in confidence, with no obligation. So call us today and see how we can help you to claim for medical negligence.
Date Published: November 18, 2013
Author: David Brown