Whilst the majority of births are managed safely and without injury, on occasion medical professionals make mistakes. If the medical care provided falls below an acceptable standard during pregnancy or childbirth the consequences of such mistakes can be traumatic and often long-term. This care comprises of the antenatal care received during pregnancy to ensure safe gestation and prevention of potential health problems throughout the course of the pregnancy; also, the necessity for careful monitoring and care throughout the course of labour, delivery and shortly after the birth. Some birth injuries are unavoidable, however in certain circumstances, such injuries can be attributed to the actions or omissions of doctors and medical staff. There are a broad range of injuries, conditions and illnesses that can occur as a result of substandard care during childbirth.
Our expert team has helped families claim compensation for a variety of birth traumas and common aspects of such injuries include:-
- Lack of oxygen at birth leading to conditions such as Cerebral Palsy
- Nerve damage due to a difficult delivery resulting in conditions such as Erb’s Palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Umbilical cord complications
- Uterine rupture
- Complications arising from caesarean section
- Spinal cord injuries and fractures
- Issues with anaesthetics
- Inadequate fetal monitoring
- Injury caused by improper use of forceps during birth
- Injury due to an assisted ventouse delivery
- Misdiagnosis of a baby’s condition or illness
Birth injuries also involve maternal injuries suffered as a result of the birth itself and can include:-
- Perineal injury- Perineal tears are graded in degrees dependant on severity ranging from first degree to fourth degree tears. Severe tears often lead to long term complications for the mother requiring specialist treatment. A failure by medical practitioners to diagnose severe perineal tears will result in exacerbation of symptoms.
- Injury caused by assisted delivery or as a result of caesarean section
- Retained placenta
- Issues caused as a result of an episiotomy
- Inadequate suturing in the repair of perineal tears requiring further intervention or repair
If a baby, its mother (or both) are injured during childbirth the consequences of such an injury can have a devastating and far-reaching impact on the whole family. Our experienced team possess the legal and medical knowledge required for complex birth cases and take a caring and sensitive approach to ensure you are supported throughout the legal process.
Contact our Medical & Clinical Negligence Lawyers in Derry-Londonderry
If you need a legal team ready to support you and fight for your best interests contact us today. Our solicitors and not only tenacious lawyers who get results but supportive and understanding throughout your case. We will explain everything to you clearly and concisely, to ensure you fully understand the best options for you. To discuss the specific circumstances of your case with a lawyer that can help, call us now on 028 2502 2746 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you right away. We look forward to getting you the help you need.