Free, impartial advice after a birth injury
We all want the birth of a child to go as smoothly as possible and although giving birth does carry risks, midwives and hospital staff should take actions to minimise the chances of you or your baby being harmed.
If you or your baby have received negligent treatment or have been injured due to a medical mistake during your pregnancy or birth, we know how devastating it can be. The consequences can be life-changing or, in some cases, even fatal.
We know that compensation will be the last thing on your mind at such a stressful and traumatic time, but you can be sure that when you get in touch with us we’ll never push you into making a claim – our advisors are simply here to give you advice to help.
You can reach us for free on 0800 376 0150. Calls with us are completely confidential, and we’ll do everything we can to put you at ease.
Causes of birth injuries
There are many reasons why injuries may take place during birth.
Minor birth injuries such as swelling and bruising to the mother or child are very common and will generally heal naturally within a few weeks. But sometimes more severe injuries or complications can be caused by mistakes or negligence by medical staff. This might include:
- Failure to recognise dangerous conditions in the mother or child
- Poor care during the delivery causing injuries.
- Incorrect medication or mishandling
- Failure to identify, prevent or treat infections, such as meningitis
No matter what the cause, all birth injuries are extremely difficult to cope with. If you’re feeling unsure whether you’ve experienced medical negligence, we recommend that you speak to us for free advice – we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Types of birth injuries
Birth injury claims fall into two categories, the first being an injury to the baby, the second an injury to the mother during the pregnancy or birth. We can help with either of these types of claim.
Birth injuries to mothers
Birth injuries can be devastating for mothers – it’s normal to expect some recovery time after giving birth, but complications due to medical negligence can make the process much longer. In some cases, injuries can even be permanent.
Examples of injuries may include:
- Bladder and bowel injuries from C-Section errors
- Injuries after the use of forceps or vacuum delivery
- Issues with suturing (stitching) and infections
- Placental abruption
- Delay, misdiagnosis or pre-eclampsia
- Trauma with a caesarean (C-section)
- Perineal tears or internal damage– if a third or fourth degree tear was missed or wrongly treated, you may be able to claim
- Nervous shock following a traumatic birth
- Anaesthetic errors
If your experience isn’t listed above, then please don’t worry – we may still be able to help you.
Birth injuries to babies
Unfortunately, birth can be extremely dangerous for the baby, especially if you’ve received negligent treatment or medical mistakes.
Mishandling, incorrect treatment, medication mistakes and other forms of negligence can cause harm to a baby. This might include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain injuries
- Fractures or cuts
- Muscular injuries such as Erb’s palsy or brachial plexus
Sadly, in some cases issues during birth can lead to stillbirth, or death following birth. If this applies to you or a loved one, we’re truly sorry. We can offer advice and guide you through the steps to receiving the compensation you need.
Making a birth injury claim
Starting a claim at such a traumatic time can be a tough choice, but we’re here to help make your situation right for you.
With 20 years’ experience, we’ve helped people with many types of medical negligence cases. We understand the importance of making sure the process is as simple and stress-free as possible.
When you speak to us on the phone, we’ll ask some questions about the treatment you received so that we can understand the best way to help you. All calls with us are free and confidential, and there’s never any obligation to start a claim.
Our friendly advisors will be able to put you in touch with the right solicitor for your case. We hold our solicitors to high standards – they’ll negotiate on your behalf and keep you updated you with any progress, leaving you with one less thing to worry about.
Claiming on behalf of a child
If your child was injured during birth, you can make a claim on their behalf any time up until their 18th birthday. After this time, they can make a claim on their own up until three years later.
In cases where their mental capacity has been affected, they may have longer to claim.
Because of the lasting complications birth injuries can cause for you and your child, you may need financial support to help to pay for medical equipment, treatment or medication, as well as any adaptations to your home. Your solicitor will take all expenses into consideration when negotiating your compensation.
It’s also likely that you’ve had to take time off work, or maybe even had to find a new job altogether. Your compensation could help to cover the costs of lost earnings so that you can focus on your recovery or care for your child.
Aside from putting pressure on your finances, birth injuries have a serious psychological and emotional impact, and this can affect you in your family life, social life and hobbies. For this reason, your solicitor will make sure you’re covered for any impact your injury has had.
For more information, or to find out how we can help you, get in touch with us for free on 0800 376 0150.