Birth Injury Claims Solicitors
London Medical Negligence Lawyers
A birth injury is defined as any trauma or injury sustained during the course of being born. They can range in seriousness from minor bruising or severe infant brain damage resulting in lifelong disability or even the premature death of a child. It is estimated that birth injuries occur in between 5 and 7 out of every 1,000 births and although there are many types of birth injury, the most common include the following:-
Cerebral Palsy is a neurological disorder that affects part of the brain which controls bodily movement and muscle co-ordination. It caused from an injury to the brain during foetal development or infancy and may occur as a result of injury during the birthing process and the most likely cause is lack of oxygen.
Many children with Cerebral Palsy are born with it though the full range of symptoms may not materialise for several years.
Making a claim for compensation on behalf of a child who suffers from Cerebral Palsy is extremely complex and must be thoroughly investigated in order to achieve the best possible settlement. At Rollingsons we are happy to undertake a home visit in order to discuss your claim in more detail and to best understand you and your family’s needs.
Brachial Plexus Injuries
The Brachial Plexus is a complex system of nerves that originate in the neck and shoulder and which carry messages from the brain to muscles throughout the body. The Brachial Plexus is vulnerable to injury during childbirth particularly if the baby becomes stuck behind the pubic bone resulting in excessive force being used by the delivery team to free the baby. In many cases involving a Brachial Plexus injury doctors should have elected to undertake an emergency caesarean section and in other such cases doctors might have failed to follow established procedures during the birth to reduce the risk of injury occurring.
The long term effects of a Brachial Plexus injury will depend upon the severity of the original injury and in some babies a minor Brachial Plexus injury will heal with rest and medication. Unfortunately, a more serious Brachial Plexus injury may require surgery and result in long term symptoms including stiffness of joints, pain, weakness, loss of feeling and permanent disability or paralysis.
Injuries to the Mother
It is also important to remember that a birthing injury can be caused not only to the newborn child but also to the mother. Negligence claims brought by mothers include those where Pre-eclampsia has arisen as a result of a failure to monitor or diagnose the condition. Injuries during the delivery itself can include injuries to the bladder, urethra and haemorrhaging. In many cases injuries occur and claims arise as a result of a failure to give mothers proper advice prior to the delivery resulting in an ill advised method of delivery.