Birth injury claims
Birth injuries can be a deeply traumatising experience. Going through pregnancy and birth is difficult enough without the added stress and alarm caused by unexpected medical issues during the process, and what should be a wonderful and moving occasion can turn into a nightmare.
As well as the injuries that can occur to the baby during birth, such as cerebral or Erb’s palsy, mothers can be directly affected and harmed by medical negligence during birth. There are many types of injuries that mothers can sustain from poor clinical attention, delayed diagnoses or incorrect decisions by the medical professionals trusted to look after them, and in some cases compensation can be awarded.
As every birth is different and unique to the mother in question, the easiest and fastest way to find out if you can claim compensation for a birth injury sustained through medical negligence is to call us on 0800 540 4258 and explain your situation.
Everything you discuss with our legal experts is kept confidential, and they try to understand what you’re going through after years of experience talking to people in situations similar to yours.
Types of birth injury
Due to the variety of injuries that can occur before, during and after labour, it’s difficult to say exactly when an injury becomes eligible for compensation. Statistics suggest that up to 85% of vaginal deliveries can result in perineal trauma.
Some of the more common injury types that we have helped people with include:
- Tearing or internal damage
- 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 or misdiagnosis of pre-eclampsia
- Trauma with a caesarean section
Conditions like infection and pre-eclampsia are potentially life-threatening, and the latter affects between 2-8% of pregnancies every year. Severe vaginal damage is less prevalent, but just as debilitating, with 3-5% of women expected to experience faecal incontinence after suffering a third or fourth degree tear.
Compensation can not only provide much-needed funds to help move towards a full recovery, but can also give you the peace of mind that action will be taken to ensure this does not happen to other expectant mothers.
Your recovery is important to us
Women can often feel that they have no choice in the procedures that are undertaken during childbirth, or that serious injury is a natural part of the process. Although the strain that childbirth has on the body can sometimes mean injuries are unavoidable, there are also cases where the injury occurred due to malpractice or medical negligence.
At National Accident Helpline, we understand the sensitive nature of your injury. Birth injuries are extremely personal, which is why we only put you in touch with specialist medical negligence solicitors, whose expertise and experience can make the journey of pursuing compensation smoother.
No win no fee birth injury claims
We believe that couples who have experienced trauma and injury during childbirth should never have the added strain of legal fees while working through a medical negligence claim.
All of our nationwide partner solicitors operate a no win no fee service, so that you only pay a portion of your damages if you are awarded compensation, and pay nothing at all if you don’t win your case.
Find out more about how No Win No Fee works.