Birth can be a traumatic and emotional time for the parents. While the baby will have no memory of the event itself, it can be traumatic for them as well, entering our world for the first time. While most births go smoothly and the mother and baby are very well cared for, there is always the potential that things can go wrong. One potential hazard is that of a brachial plexus injury.
A brachial plexus birth injury is one that damages the brachial plexus network. This leads to problems with the muscles and nerves leading from the neck to the arm and hands. Pain can be felt and the muscles can be hard to control. In many cases the babies will heal on their own but even then the baby can suffer during those first few months when the nerves in their young bodies are developing and repairing the situation. It can also be traumatic for the parents if their baby is diagnosed as having suffered this kind of injury, because they have to deal with the fall-out. The baby may be unsettled and in pain.
Could you claim compensation for your baby’s brachial plexus birth injury?
The main question that needs to be answered is whether or not the injury could reasonably have been prevented. While this type of injury is common in babies, given the stress of birth, it usually resolves itself without problem. However, if you suspect medical negligence might be to blame for a more severe case, it is best to seek advice. Evidence of negligence will be required in order to prove a case, so getting expert advice from the start is the best way to do things.
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If you want to see whether you do have cause to claim against the hospital for this type of injury, contact us today. Our fast online test is one way to begin; alternatively simply call us on our free 24/7 enquiry line 0800 689 0500 to find out more. You never know whether you could claim compensation until you ask, and our professional injury compensation lawyers will be here to help when you need them most. With proper advice and professional insight into your situation, you can find out more about your baby’s injury and whether it could have been seen or treated sooner. Contact us today to find out more.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown