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Medical Negligence: Pregnancy, Birth and Gynaecological Injury
Our medical negligence solicitors are highly experienced in handling claims relating to pregnancy and birth. We understand how difficult it can be to come to terms with problems which have arisen during pregnancy and birth. We put the client first, keeping you informed at every stage, and working with you to ensure that, where medical negligence is the reason for injury, you get the compensation you need to help you adjust to your new circumstances.
Most medical negligence claims following birth are made on behalf of the child, often because the child has suffered brain damage. We are also able to assist in cases where the child is unharmed, but the mother has suffered physical and/or psychological damage during the birth.
Below we have outlined some types of cases which occur quite frequently in this area of medical negligence practice. However, we are happy to discuss your case even if it is of a very different nature. Call us on 0800 138 0458 or complete our contact form to arrange your consultation with one of our medical negligence lawyers.
Birth Injury to the Child
Cerebral Palsy and Medical Negligence
Our team is highly experienced in claims for Cerebral Palsy. Head of Clinical Negligence, Solicitor Suzanne Munroe, is a specialist in this area and has conducted many successful claims. Cerebral Palsy is a non-progressive condition the symptoms of which can include impairment or loss of movement, sensory abnormalities, and vision, hearing or speech problems. People with Cerebral Palsy may also suffer from learning difficulties, epilepsy or behavioural problems. Cerebral Palsy affects between one and four in every 1000 children born. Often, parents take some time to consider whether they wish to pursue a claim for compensation. If your child is affected by Cerebral Palsy and you would like to discuss your options with our expert lawyers, call us on 0800 138 0458 or complete our contact form to request a call back. There is no obligation to take any claim forward and your enquiry will be confidential.
Shoulder Dystocia Claims
This is a condition where the baby’s head is delivered, but the shoulders then get stuck. An increasing number of medical negligence cases are being brought as a result of shoulder dystocia, which can lead to oxygen deprivation if delivery is delayed. However the manoevres used to deliver the baby can also cause injury. Doctors and midwives must balance the risks in cases of this nature. We are experienced in assisting clients with this type of claim. If you would like to talk to a medical negligence lawyer in confidence, call 0800 138 0458 or complete our contact form and we’ll call you back.
Caesarian section claims
Our medical negligence solicitors can advise you if you have undergone a caesarian section and have suffered as a result of what you believe to be negligent treatment. Caesarian sections are often performed as emergency procedures, late in labour and there can be a number of complications. In many cases, caesarians can be performed too late, leading to difficulties delivering the baby’s head if it is moving down the birth canal. Mothers undergoing the procedure may also suffer from haemorrhage or damage to the bladder. We are experienced in handling compensation claims relating to injury caused during or after a caesarian section. If you would like to discuss making a claim, call our specialist medical negligence solicitors for a free assessment of your case.
Injury to the mother
Injuries sustained by the mother during childbirth can be extremely upsetting. Our medical negligence solicitors are experienced in working with mothers who have gone through a difficult and distressing birth.
A number of women who have instructed our medical negligence team following childbirth have suffered damage to the perineum and vagina. They may suffer sexual dysfunction, or bladder control, conditions which can cause psychological damage in addition to the physical injury which is the underlying cause. Mothers may also sustain tears to the external anal sphincter muscle during childbirth. This can lead to loss of bowel control. Serious tears and damage to these areas should be identified as part of a careful examination following the birth. Where proper care has not been taken to identify and treat these, we may be able to assist mothers who have suffered as a result to claim compensation.
We understand that birth injuries are a sensitive subject and mothers who have experienced a difficult birth may be more comfortable discussing their case with a female solicitor. If this is your preference, please let us know when you contact us so that we can make you feel as comfortable as possible.
Screening during pregnancy
Our team is experienced in dealing with cases arising from mistakes in screening for foetal abnormalities during pregnancy. This is an area in which the number of cases is increasing as mothers become more aware of their rights. Appropriate and adequate counselling must take place before screening is carried out. In cases where this has not happened, the mother may be able to make a claim for medical negligence. If this issue has affected you and you would like to discuss your options with one of our medical negligence lawyers, call us on 0800 1384700 or complete our contact form to request a call back.