Last updated on February 14th, 2017 at 04:31 pm
Birth injury is when a baby is injured before, during or shortly after birth. Tens of thousands of healthy babies are delivered in the UK every year.
Unfortunately, over 3% of babies suffer some form of birth injury, which makes this area one of the most common for pursuing medical negligence compensation claims.
Birth injury is more common during induced delivery, as opposed to spontaneous delivery. The main problems that occur fall into two areas:
- Mechanical trauma – when the baby is in an unusual position or is too large to pass through the birth canal easily
- Oxygen deprivation – this can give rise to a number of long term medical conditions
Common birth injury claims
Some of the most common types of claims relating to birth injuries are for:
- Cerebral palsy – this is caused by the baby being starved of oxygen during birth, causing damage to the brain. This often causes long term physical and mental difficulties for the child.
- Umbilical cord problems
- Broken collar bone
- Ruptured placentas
- Hip dysplasia
- Shoulder dystocia
- Erbs palsy and other brachial plexus injuries
- Infant death / stillbirth
- Injuries to the mother during child birth
- Failure to carry out emergency caesarean section that could prevent birth injuries
Babies who suffer birth injuries will often need expensive long term care. This may involve the parents being unable to resume work so that they can care for the child. Special equipment to adapt the child’s home may be needed as well as additional nursing and medical care.
Birth injury compensation claims are complex and require specialist legal advice. We have specialist medical negligence experts who will advise you on your claim and guide you through the process from start to finish. Our solicitors are recognised as experts in this field and we are on the Law Society’s panel for clinical negligence.
Most children will qualify for legal aid as it’s their income that is assessed and not that of the parents. Graysons are one of only a handful of solicitors in South Yorkshire, and the only one in North Derbyshire, who have been awarded a legal aid franchise for medical negligence claims.
What can I claim?
The value of your claim will depend on a number of factors including:
- The nature of the injury or illness
Whether your child (or you) recover fully from the injury or illness or if it has a long term effect on their health and wellbeing
The amount of any losses you incur as a result of the injury
You can claim compensation for the following things if they are a result of your injury:
- Pain, suffering and loss of amenity
- Loss of earnings
- Medical and nursing care costs
- Special equipment needed to carry out daily activities and any costs involved in adapting your home
- Other expenses incurred as a result of your injury, for example, travel expenses incurred whilst receiving medical treatment
Read more about brain injury awareness.
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Thank you for all your help and dedication throughout my case. I know that you truly believed in me and the reasons I pursued my claim. The money will help me rebuild my future and my family but also give me some peace in my heart that I got justice for my little boy; and hopefully better care in other people’s lives with the lessons learned