Birth Injuries: When You Could Claim
Being pregnant and having a baby is a wonderful time in anyone’s life, but it can be stressful and worrying too. Many women have concerns about going into labour, especially if they are having their first child. And if a woman suffers from birth injuries as a result of medical malpractice, this time can be even more stressful and traumatic. Read through our main advice below to see if you could make a claim against a medical professional for the birth injuries that you have suffered from.
What Are Birth Injuries?
There are many different types of birth injury that you could suffer from, and unfortunately, they are quite common in the UK. Brain-related injuries, for example, can be quite common. Typically, they develop after the child has been starved of oxygen because they are in distress, the umbilical chord had tightened around the neck, or the labour has lasted for too long and the child has been unable to take in oxygen during the delivery.
Muscle injuries can also be quite common. Brachial plexus, erb’s palsy, klumpke’s palsy, and shoulder dystocia, for example, are just some of the conditions that your child can suffer from when you are in labour.
Infections can also occur, which can damage the health and stability of you and your baby. Injuries that can be sustained from infections include folic acid deficiency, anemia, and spina bifida, to name just a few.
During difficult labours, equipment such as vacuum extractors or forceps can be used to aid delivery. However, equipment like this can often harm the child, especially if it is used incorrectly. Injuries such as broken bones, lacerations, or skull fractures can occur when this kind of equipment is used.
When You Might Have Suffered from Negligence
Often, doctors or midwives can be found to be negligent when they cause shoulder dystocia, because they have pulled the child too forcefully or incorrectly during delivery, after the shoulders have become stuck.
In addition to this, facial paralysis can occur in infants if forceps or vacuum extractors are used, because too much pressure has been applied to their face whilst the equipment is being used, damaging their facial muscles.
Brain damage can often occur too, if the child has been left in the birth canal for too long, the doctor has failed to monitor the child properly, or the doctor does not detect that the umbilical chord has become wrapped around the child’s neck.
What to Do Next
Your health and the health of your child is of the upmost importance, so it is always important to tell a medical professional if you think you have suffered from a birth injury. Once you feel that you back on track and you are both as healthy as you can be, it is important that you get in touch with a lawyer who specialises in birth injuries so you can see if you are entitled to compensation. Even if you are not sure that you have fallen victim to medical negligence, you should still contact our team, who will offer you free, honest advice and let you know what you should do next.