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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Claiming compensation for errors during birth


    The birth of a new baby is an exciting and special time for the whole family, however if errors are made during birth, mother or baby could be left injured. Whilst most pregnancies and births happen without anything going wrong, there is always the potential for errors to occur. Here are a few examples of the most common birth injury claims:

    • Undiagnosed pre-eclampsia
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Injuries caused by forceps or ventouse delivery
    • Episiotomy errors or second/third degree tears
    • Brachial plexus injuries

    Clinical negligence during pregnancy or birth is a serious matter, and if your doctor or midwife has failed to diagnose a condition, this could mean you are eligible to claim compensation. There are a number of errors that could occur during labour – lack of oxygen to the baby could cause cerebral palsy, or an episiotomy could be performed incorrectly. Failure to perform an episiotomy when needed could lead to second or third degree tears, which could cause incontinence and other complications. Errors could be made when delivering a baby by forceps or ventouse; injuries can occur to babies including scarring to their face or head or nerve damage.

    Claiming compensation for pain and suffering caused

    If your delight at your family’s new arrival has been marred by birth injuries or errors made during delivery, the good news is that there are steps you can take to resolve things. Claiming compensation for medical negligence is something that many new mothers avoid – having a new baby is already a difficult time, and in the aftermath of injuries caused by errors during birth, many mothers may not feel they are ready to take legal action. However, the claims process is relatively simple, and provided you choose a reputable personal injury lawyer, you should be able to get the compensation you so rightfully deserve.

    What happens now?

    If you need any further advice or have questions about the compensation claims process, call Accident Advice Helpline – our freephone helpline is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, with no obligation to proceed with a claim. If you do decide that claiming is the right step for you, you’ll be glad to hear all our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so that’s another thing you don’t need to worry about. We have helped new mums and families get the compensation they deserve for birth injuries and ante-natal errors, so call us today to see how we can help you.

    Date Published: July 22, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.