What is a birth injury?
For most, there is no greater feeling then pregnancy, childbirth and becoming a new mother or father but if something goes wrong during labour there can be no feeling that is worse.
Both the mother and baby are more vulnerable during birth and therefore, the risk of an accident or complication is greater. If there is an injury to either the mother or baby during birth then there could be eligibility for a birth injury claim.
If you or your baby have suffered due to negligent treatment or have received an injury due to a medical mistake whilst pregnant or giving birth, not only is it devastating, but it can have life-changing effects or in some cases can be fatal.
If you are unsure if your circumstances classes as a birth injury or would just like to discuss this further then contact our team today on 08000 250 250, we can answer all your questions and tell you in minutes if you have a claim. Our calls are confidential and there is no-obligation so we won’t pressure you into claiming, we just provide you with the support and help you need.
What can cause a birth injury?
Due to the vulnerability of both the mother and the baby, there are many ways in which an injury can occur during birth.
The commonly found minor injuries that occur during birth are bruising and/or swelling to the mother and/or baby, these usually heal within a couple of weeks without the need for medical attention.
However, injuries and/or complications that are more severe in nature can be caused by mistakes or negligence of the medical staff such as:
- Providing the wrong medication or mishandling
- Not meeting the expected standard levels of care during the delivery resulting in injury
- Failing to recognise dangerous conditions in either the mother or baby or both
- Not identifying, preventing or treating infections e.g. meningitis
Whatever the cause, every birth injury can be difficult to handle and deal with. If your birthing experience felt wrong then we could help you, even if your experience isn’t listed above you could still be eligible to claim, get in touch today on 08000 250 250 and we can tell you in one quick call if you have a claim or not and with no-obligation you can make your decision in your own time.
What type of injury could I have sustained?
Recovery time after birth is normal, but a birth injury from complications caused by medical negligence can mean this recovery time is a much longer process and with a newborn, this can have devastating effects leading to frustration and an inability to bond with your baby. In some cases of birth injuries, the damage caused can last a lifetime.
There are many different types of injury a mother can sustain during birth, some of which are:
- Anaesthetic errors
- Perineal tears or internal damage
- Issues with stitches or staples and infections
- Bladder or bowel injuries sustained in a caesarean (C-section) due to errors
- Trauma due to a cesarean
- Nervous shock due to a traumatic birth
- Delay, misdiagnosis or pre-eclampsia
- Injuries caused by the use of forceps or vacuum delivery
- Placental abruption
The examples given are just a few of the injuries that can be caused so if you what you have suffered due to a birth injury isn’t listed it doesn’t mean we cannot help, call our legal advice team today on 08000 250 250 and we can tell you in minutes if you have a claim.
What type of injury could my baby sustain?
During birth, your baby is very vulnerable and the process can be very dangerous. The dangers are multiplied when medical mistakes are made or the treatment you have received has been carried out negligently.
Injury can be caused to your baby by mistakes when providing medication, mishandling your baby, the incorrect treatment being given amongst other forms of negligence, the injuries caused by this can have a range of consequences varying in severity including:
- Brain injuries
- Fractures or cuts
- Muscular injuries e.g. Erb’s palsy, brachial plexus
- Cerebral palsy
- Stillbirth or infant death
We are deeply sorry if any of these listed injuries are experienced by you or a loved one. We at Direct Solicitors understand that it may be difficult to speak about what you are going through right now but we are here to help when you feel ready, just contact our legally trained team on a confidential basis, we can provide you with the help and support you need on a no-obligation basis. If you feel ready to claim we can also help you set this up as well and with our experienced specialist solicitors we can assure your claim is in good hands and we will be there for you every step of the way. Even if your experience isn’t listed in our examples it is still likely we can help you, contact our team on 08000 250 250 to see how we can help.
How do I make a claim for a birth injury?
We understand making a decision at such a traumatic time can be a difficult choice, but with our experience and the legal team, we can help you right the wrong.
Managing with what has happened due to the medical negligence you have sustained is more than enough to deal with, we understand that when making a claim is it important to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.
If you want to make your claim we can get everything up and running today, contact our legal advisors and find out how we can help you. When speaking with our team, we will ask you questions about your treatment and what happened so we can understand and ensure we provide you with the best possible advice and guidance. If you are happy to proceed with your claim we can get everything done in one quick call.
I’m making a claim for my baby’s injuries
Claiming on behalf of a child can be done anytime up until their 18th birthday, once they turn 18 they are of legal age to make their own claim and have 3 years to do so (until their 21st birthday). However, depending on their mental capacity, they may have a longer time period to process their claim.
How could compensation help me or my child?
Due to birth injuries often causing lasting complications for you or your child, compensation can help towards financial support. Due to yours or your baby’s injury, you may find yourself with additional expenses such as paying for medical treatment, medication, equipment or having to make adaptations to your car or home.
Injuries sustained from any type of accident can result in time off work, some even resulting in requiring a complete change of job. Compensation can help cover any lost earnings meaning instead of worrying about finances you can focus on your recovery or caring for your child and their injury.
Injuries and finances are not the only impacts a birth injury can have and therefore, not the only thing compensation can help with. When looking at your compensation your solicitor will also consider the psychological and emotional impact the injury has caused and how it has affected your family and social life as well as your hobbies.