Being pregnant is an exciting time, but it can also be a daunting experience, especially for first-time mums. You’ll have to attend ante-natal appointments for tests and scans prior to the baby being born, and there is scope for errors to occur when it comes to ante-natal screening and treatment. Ante-natal care is vital to ensure that any warning signs of dangers to the mother and child are identified.
Medical negligence could be deemed to have occurred if medical staff fail to do any of the following during a women’s pregnancy:
- Failing to monitor the baby’s position
- Failure in conducting chromosome abnormalities tests (such as nuchal scan for Down’s syndrome)
- Failure to carry out blood tests to check for conditions such as HIV, rubella, hepatitis B and rhesus negative
- Failing to carry out proper foetal anomaly scans
- Not setting up regular appointments or a birth plan
- Failure to monitor illnesses related to pregnancy, such as pre-eclampsia, sexually transmitted diseases and ectopic pregnancy
If you feel that you have suffered as a result of ante-natal errors, it is important to seek advice from a professional personal injury lawyer, to determine whether medical negligence occurred.
Next steps to claiming compensation for clinical negligence
Suffering because of ante-natal errors can be particularly distressing at a time when you are supposed to be enjoying pregnancy or the birth of a new baby. If you have been affected, it is important to establish the facts, and a personal injury lawyer can help you to assess whether medical negligence occurred. Most clinical negligence claims will end up in court, as it’s rare for them to be settled out of court, but your lawyer will support you every step of the way; remember, they want you to get the compensation you deserve for any pain and suffering caused as well as loss of earnings due to time off work.
How Accident Advice Helpline can help
Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today on our 24/7 freephone helpline – 0800 689 0500 – or take the 30-second test on our website to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to claim. Accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and endorsed by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen, we have been helping people just like you to claim compensation for clinical negligence since 2000. Our lawyers offer confidential, no-obligation advice, so whether you’re ready to make a claim or simply want to find out more about what the process involves, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
Date Published: July 22, 2014
Author: David Brown