What Can I Do When The Birthing Procedure Goes Wrong?

As a mother who has given birth, you understand that your body is already in a fragile state. Many of the functions of a normal body are altered due to the baby. While most births are successfully conducted and no injury occurs to the mother or to the child, there are cases when the mother’s already fragile body is traumatised severely. This can lead to permanent physical or emotional damage. Understanding the basics of a birth injury compensation claim may help you to decide how and if you need to file a claim.

What Injuries Can Birth Cause to the Mother?

Where it is unfortunate, damage does occur to the mother at times. There are multiple ways in which a mother can suffer from a child birth through negligence. In many cases the emotional scaring which is left from the negligence diverts many women from attempting to get pregnant again. This of course weight heavily on the marriage and can cause considerable domestic stress. Physically, the results of negligence can cause permanent damage as well. Generally, the physical negligence can be attributed to:

  • Improper use of Forceps and other tools which can cause tearing of the genital area, damage the uterus and bladder, or cause bowel problems.
  • Failure to perform an Episiotomy which results in severe tearing, haemorrhaging, and strain of the uterus and other birthing muscles.
  • Poorly conducted suturing resulting in re-suturing or in excessive scar tissue/nerve damage
  • Inappropriate treatment of a placental abruption
  • Failure to diagnose Pre-Eclampsia

These are just a few of the areas which can cause severe damage to the mother. Other areas include the failure to use surgical tools properly resulting in excessive cutting, improper nurse assistance (meaning they have little to no training in birthing), or machine malfunctions. If you believe that you have been a victim of negligence, you are advised to seek the professional diagnosis of a doctor, nurse, or medical practitioner to see if the injury was caused by negligence.

Should I File a Birth Injury to the Mother Compensation Claim?

If you have given birth and have suffered from excessive tearing due to the improper use of forceps or other tools which another surgeon could use effectively without causing such damage, you may have grounds for a claim, especially if the tearing has resulted in the inability to have intercourse comfortably, affected your bladder functions, or caused permanent scaring.

Women, who have had to undergo additional medical treatment due to improper suturing, may have grounds for compensation. Specifically, those which have had to have re-suturing have grounds for a claim and those which have considerable scaring as a result of poor suturing.

As 10% of all pregnancies in the UK are affected by pre-eclampsia, it is a fundamental procedure of doctors, nurses, medical staff, and practitioners to check for the symptoms and to diagnoses and treat those with such. If you were misdiagnosed for having or for not having pre-eclampsia you have grounds for a claim.

In the unfortunate event that a loved one has died due to the negligence of treating a placental abruption you have grounds for a claim in most instances, especially if the placental abruption was detected but the risks were not minimized. If the abruption was not diagnosed at all you definitively have grounds for a claim.

Mothers who have suffered from the psychological damage of a still birth caused by the negligence of the doctor, medical staff, midwife, or other professional have grounds for a claim, especially if the still birth is the result of a diagnosable condition which was left untreated.

What Should I Consider Before Making a Birth Injury to the Mother Compensation Claim?

Claims should be filed as quickly as possible. The longer you wait the less likely you are to win your case. Negligence compensation is dependent upon the gravity of the negligence, the duration of the pain, the severity of the injury, and the probability that another professional would perform the same error in the same situation.

Claims must be filed according to time and procedural guidelines. We will work closely with you to ensure that all of your documentation is presented professionally and on time.

If you have injuries caused by negligence do not try to enhance the injuries for a larger claim. This is both dangerous and illegal.

Why Choose Tylers For No-Win, No-Fee Birth Injury to the Mother Compensation Claims?

We understand that your injury may be a bit embarrassing to discuss as it will more than likely involve damage to your uterus or genital area. Our office will work confidentially with you to evaluate your case and to present you with the best options for getting the compensation you deserve while maintaining the highest level of professionalism and sensitivity to your injuries. If you have any questions as to how to begin the process or to schedule a consultation please contact us. We are here to help.

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