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Birth Injury Claims

If you or your child has suffered due to an accident before, during or after labour, you could be entitled to claim compensation. At Ramsdens Solicitors, we understand that money cannot make up for the pain and suffering caused by a birth injury or trauma, but it can help to provide for unexpected expenses that have arisen due to the incident.

Ramsdens is ranked in the prestigious Legal 500. We were also shortlisted for a Yorkshire Leadership award in 2018, which means we are a well-respected firm that is well-placed to offer advice.

We understand the sensitivity of your case, having worked with countless victims of birth injuries in the past, and will be sure to take the burden off you, giving you the legal advice you need to move forward.

Contact our birth injury negligence solicitors today by calling 01484 821 500 or fill out an online enquiry form, and we will be in touch at a convenient time for you.

What is a birth injury?

Mistakes made by medical professionals during your pregnancy or birth could have serious implications on your life, as well as your children’s life.

Areas in which medical negligence related to birth injuries commonly take place include:

  • Antenatal errors: Medical professionals can miss serious problems that show up on a scan, and can sometimes misdiagnose issues with a healthy unborn baby. Errors made at this stage can have huge consequences, including misdiagnosed miscarriage, unexpected health issues and even stillbirth.
  • Errors during birth: Damage caused by medical devices or anaesthetics can affect the health of both mother and baby. In some instances, the mother can suffer severe gynaecological damage, and children can sustain many potential injuries or conditions, such as cerebral palsy, brain injury and fractured bones.

Claiming compensation for a birth injury often happens after incidents that have taken place in a hospital. However, negligence is not restricted to this environment and can take place in a number of settings - including at home and in birth centres.

Birth centres are small maternity units that aim to provide a more personal, less clinical environment for expectant mothers who wish to give birth without medical intervention. These centres are usually staffed by midwives, and aim to promote calmness, helping pregnant women to feel more in control of their birth experience.

However, birth centres are not without risks, and there is a chance that something could go wrong, particularly if a medical professional acts negligently.

What are the different types of birth injury?

Our birth injury solicitors have helped many mothers and children who have been injured during childbirth. Common injuries to the child can include:

  • Birth asphyxia
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Forceps injury
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Stillbirth

What are the different types of injury to the mother?

A mother can sustain a number of injuries during childbirth that are often caused by the negligence of a medical professional. Some common injuries include:

  • Caesarean errors
  • Episiotomy
  • Fissures
  • Infections
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Vaginal tearing

Why choose Ramsdens?

When accidents occur during pregnancy or birth, the consequences are often long-lasting and can be incredibly traumatic for both mother and baby. At Ramsdens Solicitors, our team of legal specialists can help families who have been affected by medical negligence, and will be with you every step of the way throughout the claims process.

In cases where an injury has occurred, those professionals supervising could be held at fault, particularly where complications were missed, or they failed to carry out procedures in line with their duty of care to patients. This could be the fault of the midwife, obstetrician or attending doctor.

You could also make a claim if your midwife or doctor did not spot the symptoms of a condition that developed during your pregnancy.

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To speak to one of our lawyers about a medical negligence claim, contact us today. You can either call us on 0800 804 7450 or fill in our claims form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.