Whilst we put our trust in hospitals, and most do provide a very high standard of care, there is always the potential for accidents to happen or mistakes to occur. Whilst giving birth, if mistakes are made by medical staff, the consequences to the mother and her baby could be serious, even leading to a fatality.
One of the most common hospital mistakes which can occur is when the baby suffers from a lack of oxygen. This could be caused by a variety of things, for example, an emergency Caesarean taking place when there is not proper equipment available to care for premature babies. If a baby is deprived of oxygen, they can suffer brain damage leading to cerebral palsy, which can affect them physically and mentally for the rest of their lives.
Hospital mistakes during birth are more common than you might like to think, but if you have grown up knowing that a mistake by medical staff is the reason for your condition or poor quality of life, you may be considering making a claim for compensation. It’s best to contact a personal injury lawyer for advice, as although there is usually a three-year time limit in place to make a personal injury claim, this differs if you are claiming for injuries sustained at birth.
Don’t delay, get in touch with a lawyer
It’s best to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can, to find out whether you have a viable claim. They will usually be able to tell you then and there whether you’re eligible to make a claim, and they’ll start to gather evidence relating to your claim. They may call upon medical experts to provide specialist advice and knowledge.
The amount of compensation you’ll receive will depend upon how severely you have been affected by hospital mistakes during birth. For example, if you suffer from cerebral palsy and are likely to need 24-hour care for the rest of your life, the cost of this care and the impact on your quality of life will be taken into account.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: December 17, 2014