While doctors, midwives and other medical staff are trained to spot problems during labour, sometimes mistakes are made. Sadly, when these errors cause a baby to be deprived of oxygen, they can have devastating consequences for the child and their family.
If a midwife fails to correctly interpret a baby’s heart rate and delivery is delayed, for example, the baby might be starved of oxygen for longer than should have been the case. In the most serious of cases, this can cause brain damage.
If the way a baby’s birth was managed caused them to experience lack of oxygen at birth, they might be left with a serious life-altering condition. Oxygen deprivation can be caused by:
If a baby is without sufficient oxygen, for whatever reason, this can have long-term effects on the infant and their family. Lack of oxygen at birth can cause a number of birth injuries and medical conditions including:
The lasting effects depend on how long the baby was without oxygen and how quickly treatment was started. However, in more serious cases, it can lead to severe brain damage, including cerebral palsy.
Sadly, the consequences of lack of oxygen at birth can last a lifetime. Particularly in cases of cerebral palsy or other more serious conditions caused by lack of oxygen at birth, children will usually need life-long support from a multi-disciplinary team. They will also require specialist treatment and equipment to help manage their condition and allow them to live as normal a life as possible.
Claiming compensation can help relieve the financial burden often associated with brain injury, by helping families meet the lifelong expenses associated with their child’s care.
It is impossible to predict how much compensation might be awarded in these kinds of claims without assessing the individual circumstances of each case. However, given the severity of brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen at birth, compensation settlements tend to be considerable. When calculating the value of a birth injury claim, a medical negligence solicitor will take into consideration:
In the absence of a successful compensation claim, most families will struggle to cover the costs of the specialist care, equipment and accommodation their child will require.
If you believe your child has suffered as a result of lack of oxygen at birth that occurred as a result of the negligence of medical staff, you may be entitled to compensation.
At First Personal Injury, our birth injury solicitors are experienced in dealing with this kind of claim. We will be on-hand to guide you through the legal process and be there to address your emotional or practical concerns.
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