Birth Injury to Baby Claims
If your baby has been injured due to mistakes or errors by doctors or midwives before, during or after giving birth then you may be entitled to make a claim for medical negligence.
Types of birth injuries caused as a result of medical negligence include:
What is cerebral palsy?
What causes cerebral palsy?
Medical errors during pregnancy or childbirth can cause brain damage and result in a baby having cerebral palsy.
Examples of medical errors which cause cerebral palsy are:
- Poor treatment or care during pregnancy
- Failure to monitor fetal development during pregnancy
- Injury caused as a result of poor use of ventouse or forceps during delivery
- Damage to the baby’s skull during delivery
- Failing to monitor the baby’s heartbeat and act on fetal distress during labour which results in the baby being deprived of oxygen
- Failing to monitor the baby following delivery and act on signs of infection or Group B Strep
- Failure to monitor baby’s blood sugar levels
- Poor treatment of jaundice
- Delay in delivering the baby
Lack of oxygen during labour and delivery:
Trauma during instrumental delivery:
Excessive force or using the delivery instruments incorrectly can cause the baby to sustain a fracture or a subgaleal hematoma. A subgaleal hematoma is caused by trauma to the baby’s head during delivery. It is a serious injury that occurs when blood accumulates outside of the baby’s skull.
Group B Strep
What can I claim for?
Why choose Rachael Liston Solicitors?
We are a specialist cerebral palsy medical negligence law firm and have many years of experience of securing high value settlements for those who have suffered as a result of cerebral palsy caused by medical negligence.
We offer expert professional advice in a caring and supportive way and we can ensure that families get the support they need when dealing with the challenges that cerebral palsy brings to a family.
Erb’s Palsy / Brachial Plexus Claims
What is Erb’s Palsy?
What causes Erb's Palsy?
Erb’s Palsy claims as a result of medical negligence can arise:
- Where there is a failure to perform the McRoberts manoeuvre correctly.
- Where the medical staff pull on the baby’s head with excessive force causing the brachial plexus nerves to be damaged or severed.
- Where an inappropriate manoeuvre is performed during an instrumental delivery when using a forceps or ventouse.
- Where there is a failure to monitor the size of the baby and perform a caesarean section if the baby is too large to be delivered safely.
- Where the baby is in the breach position and there has been a failure to consider alternative options for delivery.
- Where there has been fetal distress and a failure to monitor the baby appropriately which results in an emergency delivery in order to avoid the baby being starved of oxygen. This emergency delivery may result in an Erb’s Palsy injury.
- Where a mother has had shoulder dystocia during a previous delivery, there is high probability that this may occur again in a subsequent pregnancy. This should be discussed so that she can consider her options and decide whether she wishes to have a caesarean section for the next delivery.
Types of nerve injuries in an Erb’s Palsy Claim:
- Neuropraxia – this is the most common type of injury where the nerve is stretched but does not tear.
- Neuroma – this nerve injury affects some of the nerve fibres and may result in scar tissue.
- Rupture – this occurs when the nerves are torn apart and intervention is required in order to try and restore nerve function.
- Avulsion – this most severe of the nerve injury and occurs when the nerve is torn from the spinal cord. This results in lifelong injury and paralysis to the arm.
What are the effects of an Erb’s Palsy Injury?
Surgical options include a nerve graft or a nerve transfer but this does not guarantee full recovery, or any recovery at all.
Medical negligence claims which arise as a result of a baby suffering from an Erb’s Palsy injury include a claim for pain and suffering, housing adaptations, aids and equipment, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, possible future loss of earnings and any other potential expenses that may need to be incurred as a result of the injury.
How difficult is it to successfully pursue an Erb’s Palsy medical negligence claim?
We are highly experienced in liaising with the top expert obstetricians, orthopaedic surgeons, plastic surgeons and any other relevant expert in relation to ensuring that the case is fully investigated and progressed without delay in order to secure compensation which will cover pain and suffering, any treatment costs and other necessary expenses to date and also any expenses into the future.
Types of Medical Negligence Claims
Brain Injury Claims
Brain injuries can have a devastating effect on an individual and their family, particularly if the injuries are as a result of medical negligence. Brain injuries can be catastrophic and result in traumatic and life-changing injuries.
Stroke Misdiagnosis Claims
A stroke can occur when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off or reduced, preventing the brain tissue getting the oxygen it needs. Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential.
Birth Injury to Mother Claims
Unfortunately, when something goes wrong or where negligence occurs, before, during or after childbirth, it can result in very serious physical and psychological injuries.
Birth Injury to Baby Claims
Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Claims
Gynaecologists are doctors who specialise in investigating, diagnosing, and treating disorders of the female reproductive system.
Misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor or medical professional fails to accurately diagnose a patient. It can arise when there has been a incorrect or delayed diagnosis of a medical condition such as cancer, meningitis, diabetes, heart disease or head injuries.
A&E Negligence Claims
A&E departments deal with many different types of medical emergencies. These departments are highly pressurised and emergency care can sometimes go wrong and cause serious injury to the patient. Accident and emergency claims can arise where negligent delay or incorrect medical treatment results in the patient suffering from illness or injury, which would not have occurred but for the negligent care.
Dental Negligence Claims
If your dentist has made a mistake or an error whilst treating or diagnosing a dental issue then you may have a claim for dental negligence.
Cauda Equina Claims
Cauda Equina Syndrome is a medical emergency and needs to be treated urgently to avoid long-term irreparable neurological damage. If your doctor has failed to recognise the symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome and failed to refer you for emergency treatment, then it is possible that you have a claim for medical negligence.
Surgical Injury Claims
Surgical negligence claims arise when mistakes occur during surgery which result in the patient being injured.
Spinal Injury Claims
Defective Medical Device Claims
Despite strict standards and rigorous testing of medical devices, sometimes products are defective and can cause serious personal injury. This may require a patient having to undergo further surgery to remove and replace the defective medical device.
Nursing Home Claims
Some of the most vulnerable in society reside in care homes and nursing homes and whilst most people who reside there receive an excellent level of care. There are exceptions, however, where failings in care by the staff who are responsible for caring for the vulnerable and elderly results in poor care and medical treatment which leads to injury and can tragically lead to death. This can result in a claim for medical negligence.
Covid 19 Claims
If you have suffered from unnecessary illness or harm because of a delay in accessing the required medical care, then you may have a claim for medical negligence.
GP’s play an important role in ensuring that patients are assessed appropriately, prescribed the correct treatment, and referred on for specialist care without delay.
If a GP makes a mistake which causes a patient to suffer unnecessary pain and financial loss, it may be possible to pursue a claim for medical negligence.