Giving birth is supposed to be one of the most amazing experiences you will ever have, but if something goes wrong to either you or your baby, it can be absolutely devastating.
Our team of birth injury lawyers do understand how angry, upset and distressed you are and we can help you to understand if you have a birth injury claim.
What can go wrong?
There are many things that can happen to you or your child when giving birth. They are:
These are serious tears to the mother during childbirth. You may need surgery and there may be long term complications
- Fracture of the baby’s collarbone
This can happen when they pass through the birth canal and may be complicated further by not being diagnosed
The brachial plexus are a bundle of nerves which run from the neck all the way down to the hand. Injuries can happen to this area when there is shoulder dystocia (shoulder stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone) and the midwife uses excessive force. These injuries can range in severity.
The term cerebral palsy covers a wide range of conditions and symptoms. The symptoms will largely depend on which part of the brain has been affected. These are wide and far reaching and will vary in severity. Cerebral palsy is caused during delivery and there is no indication that the damage to the brain happens prior to this.
This may be caused by a number of things, but lack of oxygen is often the cause of brain injury. Compression of the umbilical cord or other such problems could be a factor.
You or your child may have suffered one of the above birth injuries but our birth injury lawyers can help you to understand your legal position and to decide whether you would like to take the birth injury claim forward.
What Causes Birth Injuries?
There are a number of factors which increase the likelihood that a birth injury will take place and many of these are identifiable by the team of doctors looking after you. They are:
- Large babies (over 8lb 13 oz.)
- Premature babies born earlier than 37 weeks
- Long and difficult labour
- Breech presentation
- Excessive force by midwife on delivery
- Use of forceps or ventouse
- Lack of oxygen to the baby
Not all of these factors will be obvious prior to labour, so it is important that we understand exactly what happened both during your labour and your delivery.
Why Should I Make a Birth Injury Claim?
If you child has been injured whilst you were giving birth and has injuries that will affect them forever, birth injury solicitors will be able to help you help them by obtaining a compensation payment that will continue throughout their life.
This will assist them with nursing care, adaptations to accommodation and any aides they will need to support them. They will also receive payment for their future losses if, for example, they are unable to work.
We have many years’ experience in the medical negligence field and we have helped many people to receive compensation for their child.
Our experienced team of medical negligence solicitors will treat you as we treat all our clients, with sensitivity and compassion and we will also use all of our experience to ensure that you or your child obtains the best settlement possible.
We will talk to you in detail during the initial claims assessment to advise you on where you stand legally and also your available options to fund the claim.
We will do this in easy to understand language, with no legal jargon.
If you or your child has suffered from a birth injury please call us on 0800 020 9311 to discuss your situation and to arrange a free claims assessment.
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