As a parent, the birth of a child is an exciting time, but sadly, things sometimes go wrong. If you or your young one has suffered an injury due to insufficient or inappropriate medical attention, Tylers Solicitors might help you probe the problems and assist in filing a birth injury claim and seek the fair compensation amount that you deserve. Tylers Solicitors are familiar with medical negligence issues and will help you understand if and how the birth injury could have occurred.

Is It Ever Possible to Claim for Birth Injuries?

If a birth injury results in a permanent disability, the parents are faced with not only the psychological trauma of their child’s plight but also the high medical expenses needed just to make sure that their child has a future.

Although birth injuries may not necessarily be caused by medical negligence, mistakes during the delivery process are more common than most people might think. If a birth injury is caused by a medical specialist’s negligence or mistake, the child should be provided with the financial assistance and medical help that they deserve.

There are a number of injuries that often occur during the delivery process, including wound infections, perineal tears, caesarean sections, placental abruptions and irregular haemorrhages. Any complications during childbirth can affect the mother physically and mentally as well. Tylers Solicitors appreciate the fact that you are going through a lot of anguish right now and have the qualifications to help you pursue legal compensation.

What Counts as a Birth Injury?

A birth injury is damage that can occur to a child at any process during the birth, which can happen before, during or afterwards. The term ‘birth trauma’ actually refers to the damage taken during the birthing delivery process, such as broken bones or nerve damage.

As a term, ‘birth injury’ can be used in a few different ways. ‘Birth trauma’ and ‘birth injury’ are used interchangeably by the ICD-10 which refers to the injuries that are sustained during the birth delivery.

The term ‘birth injury’ is used by the legal community to refer to the damage or injury caused during the pregnancy, or during delivery, and after the delivery of the child. This includes any injuries caused by trauma.

Birthing injuries must be treated differently from birth defects, with the latter referring to any damage caused to the fetus whilst it is in the womb. Anything caused by infection, mutation of genetics or any exposure to toxins can be the cause of a birth defect. To date, there are around 4000 different types of birth defects.

Can I Claim for Birth Injuries as Caused by Medical Negligence?

Any medical professional, such as a doctor, nurse or medical professional can be responsible for the birth injury to your child or yourself because of negligent malpractice. If your staff fails to adhere to the highest of standards expected from them then they can be the cause of the birth injury. This can include a failure to include monitoring of the patient, a misdiagnosis (incorrect diagnosis), or simply lack of medical experience in handling medical equipment such as forceps. If you have been subjected to negligent behaviour which has resulted in a birth injury then you are eligible to make a compensation claim with Tylers Solicitors.

What is the Most Common Type of Birth Injury?

Additionally, our birth injury lawyers have the expertise to handle a range of birth injury claims. Here is a list of potential birth injuries that you or your child could receive due to negligence:

  • Horners Syndrome
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Anesthesia
  • Meconium Aspiration Syndrome (MAS)
  • Shoulder Dystocia
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Anoxic Brain Injury
  • Fat Necrosis
  • Spastic Quadriplegia
  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Klumpke Palsy
  • Cephalohematoma
  • Subgaleal Hematoma
  • Subaponeurotic Haemorrhage
  • Caput Succedaneum
  • Perinatal Asphyxia
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subconjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Bells Palsy
  • Death During Childbirth
  • Down Syndrome
  • Leukemia

More often than not, dejected parents are told that they experienced a medical complication during the delivery process. Although this may be true, medical professionals can also say so as an excuse to cover up medical malpractice. If your physician is reluctant or unable to answer any of your questions regarding your childbirth injury, then you should contact legal professionals who can investigate the case to determine whether or not there was negligence on their part.

What To Do When Birth Injury is a Result of Medical Negligence?

The natural contractions and contortions involved during childbirth can have a negative effect on the child, sometimes causing an unfortunate birth injury. Nonetheless, a number of things are known to cause birth injuries and must be avoided by a focused doctor.

Some instances of negligence that can cause a birth injury may include oxygen deprivation, prescription drugs are given to the mother, failure to utilise suitable delivery methods, failure to carry out a caesarean section on time and inappropriate use of certain delivery tools such as vacuum and forceps.

Can I Make a Compensation Claim for a Birth Injury?

If you think your infant’s birth injury was caused by medical negligence or medical malpractice, be sure to contact Tylers Solicitors today on 0800 699 0079 to schedule your free consultation with a practised lawyer. Our medical malpractice lawyers can help you discover the truth surrounding the occurrence of your child’s birth injury.

You and your family ought to know the truth and our birth injury attorneys will strive to get you all the answers to those persistent questions and also help file a birth injury claim in order to get the compensation you deserve.

Need more information? Don’t worry, our expert claims solicitors will advise you along the way

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No matter where you were injured in the UK, Tylers Solicitors are just a telephone call away from giving you expert advice about your compensation claim. If you would like to contact us about claiming compensation in the UK then telephone 0800 699 0079 today for a no obligation chat.