Pregnancy and childbirth is the area of medicine where care is provided by obstetric medical staff and midwives. In the vast majority of cases pregnancies proceed well and uneventfully and a healthy baby arrives at the expected time. In a small percentage of cases, poor obstetric care, whether by medical staff or midwives, results in injury to either the baby or the mother, or even both together.
Injuries To The Baby
Injuries to the baby can occur as a result of failures in care during the ante-natal period, during delivery or, occasionally, in the neonatal period (the first 28 days of life). The kind of injuries which can arise include:
- Injuries caused by amniocentesis during pregnancy
- Errors in genetic testing
- Oxygen deprivation during a difficult labour resulting in cerebral palsy
- Brachial plexus injury (Erb’s palsy) due to shoulder dystocia
- Injuries relating to the use of forceps or ventouse to assist delivery
- Injuries resulting from the failure to diagnose and treat neonatal jaundice
- Complications from the delay in treating infections during labour and in the neonatal period
Injuries To The Mother
Maternal injury can also occur as a result of failures in ante-natal care, care during labour and in the post-partum period. The kind of injuries which can arise include:
- Failed sterilisation (wrongful birth)
- Complications of the failure to diagnose pre-eclampsia
- Still birth and neonatal death
- Perineal tear injuries
- Complications from the failure to diagnose and treat infection during and after labour
Why Make A Claim?
If you or your baby have suffered an injury as a result of negligent obstetric care, you are entitled to claim compensation. Maternal and birth injuries can have a serious impact on your quality of life. We want to ensure you peace of mind, and the necessary assistance to allow you to enjoy life once more. Our specialist solicitors have years of experience of helping people who have suffered birth and maternal injuries due to another’s fault or negligence.
Supporting Your Needs
A birth injury is life-changing for the whole family and brings about the need for many kinds of assistance to allow you to regain your quality of life and your child to maximise his or her potential despite the injury. This could involve obtaining specialist equipment, modifications to your own home, access to specialist medical and paramedical services, including the provision of care at home for your child if the injuries are severe. In addition, the birth injury can result in your child being unable to enter the labour market and suffer a life-long loss of earnings as a result. The financial impact of all these things can be substantial. This is why it is vital to make a claim so we can ensure your child obtains the settlement required to safeguard their future.
Maternal injuries are painful, unpleasant and seriously affect your quality of life. There can often be a need for further surgical procedures which result in prolonged periods of pain and discomfort, as well as affecting your ability to care for your baby and family. If it was your intention to return to work after you had your baby, the need for further treatment for your injuries can mean further absences from work and you suffer a loss of earnings as a result.
Why Choose Curtis Legal ?
At Curtis Legal, your claim will be handled by a specialist team of solicitors. We have many years experience in dealing with medical negligence claims and we have in the past conducted birth injury claims (including those involving profound cerebral palsy) and maternal injury claims which have settled at all stages up to that of full Court hearings with substantial awards being made to claimants. Curtis Legal offers an honest no win no fee service.
If you feel you have a claim for a birth injury to your child or maternal injury which has been the result of medical negligence, it is essential that you receive specialist and independent advice. We can help you and your child claim compensation for the injuries and any financial costs which you have incurred as a consequence of the negligence. We appreciate claims for compensation can be stressful but we aim to ensure that the process is dealt with as quickly, efficiently and professionally as possible. We are always happy to come and see you in your own home, so you do not have to worry about travelling to meet with us.