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For many women, giving birth is one of the happiest times of their lives. It’s estimated that there are around 700,000 successful births in the UK every year.
Thankfully, the vast majority of pregnancies and births happen without any problems at all; however, when something does go wrong it can be very serious. Accidents, incompetency and medical negligence can happen and when they do, the effects can be traumatic for everybody involved, particularly close family. Around seven out of every 1000 babies born will suffer an injury during the birth process.Why Claim?
Complications with delivery, medical inefficiencies, staffing issues or NHS funding problems can threaten the safety of mother and baby before, during and after the birth. Birth accidents can affect either the baby or the mother and often have serious implications for the health of both.
The birth of a new baby is a very special time for the whole family. If things go wrong during the pregnancy or the birth, the effects can be devastating. If mother or baby is harmed due to medical negligence or clinical negligence, a claim for personal injury compensation may be possible.
When we say “birth injuries” we mean any injury suffered by mother or baby.
Many birth injuries that occur in mothers or children are a direct result of unnecessary hospital practices and birth malpractice. Negligent doctors performing unnecessary caesarean sections (C-sections) increase the chance of reproductive damage in the mother and birth defects in the newborn. What’s more, epidurals can weaken contractions and carry the risk of paralysis.
The main birth injuries that can affect the mother include vaginal tears, fissures, incorrect suturing (sewing) following an episiotomy or a Caesarean, failure to manage pre-eclampsia and infections:
In some cases, the pain relief given to the mother during after an episiotomy or Caesarean may wear off and further doses are not sufficiently effective. This can result in a great deal of pain and discomfort and is known as anaesthetic awareness.
Although the use of a general anaesthetic during or just after childbirth is not normal practice, it is sometimes used if a woman does not want to be conscious when she gives birth or if suturing is too painful.
However, problems can occur if there is difficulty inserting the breathing tube after sleep drugs have been administered, as this leads to a lack of oxygen to the brain. Pregnant women have smaller lungs and use up oxygen more quickly so they are at greater risk.
A baby’s body is extremely sensitive and vulnerable at birth. Trauma during a birth accident to any area of the body, especially the head and neck, can have serious consequences and be extremely distressing for the baby and its parents.
Many children sadly do have a bad birthing experience and problems resulting from medical negligence or complications during childbirth.
Babies have ‘soft spots’ – areas on the top of the head where the bones of the skull haven’t yet joined. The skull develops slowly in small pieces while the baby is still in the womb and looks like several bones that will eventually meet rather than just one bone. Some bones do meet and fuse before the baby is born, whilst others do so after birth to allow room for the brain’s speedy growth in the first year. There are often several soft spots at birth and these areas of the head are very sensitive. Forceful or incorrect use of forceps by the attending obstetrician can cause serious damage in these soft spots.
Some of the most common birth complications that can affect the welfare of a baby include:
If your baby has suffered a birth injury and has experienced one of the conditions mentioned above and you want to seek compensation, contact a First Personal Injury lawyer today.
In the UK, medical malpractice and the issue of liability comes under the category of ‘professional negligence’. An attending doctor will be deemed liable unless it can be proved that they acted in accordance with a body of medical opinion on the subject of births and delivery.
The medical profession has a ‘duty of care’ towards their patients. This means that they are responsible for carrying out procedures with due diligence and in the proper manner. If they fail to do so and their patient suffers, the patient or their family could pursue a birth injury claim against the staff member(s) involved.
Here at First Personal Injury, we deal with many different types of claims for clinical and medical negligence, including:
If you or someone you know has been in an accident that wasn’t their fault they may be entitled to compensation. First Personal Injury’s personal injury solicitors are here to help you with your potential compensation injury claims.
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