Group B Streptococcus Compensation Claims
While Group B Streptococcus is symptom-less in many people, it can cause serious health concerns. The mast vulnerable group is newborn babies, who have acquired the disease from their mother during birth. If a baby does become infected by Group B Strep (GBS), it can lead to a range of serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. If your baby has suffered, or even died, as a result of untreated infection, then you could be able to claim compensation. Here at Tylers Solicitors, we can help you to get the Group B Streptococcus compensation that you are entitled to. The money that you receive could be essential when it comes to helping you move on with your life.
Over the years, our team of no-win, no-fee legal experts have helped thousands of people to get the compensation they are entitled to. Our solicitors specialise in all kinds of personal injury and medical negligence. If you’ve suffered due to a medical professional’s negligence or failure to treat, or even check for, the presence of a harmful infection, get in touch today. Our experienced and friendly team can deliver a total service, guiding you from the initial interview through to receiving your Group B Streptococcus compensation.
Whether you, or your newborn, has suffered due to a GBS infection, get in touch with our team today. Our no-win, no-fee experts can help you to get the compensation you are entitled to. Whether you’re looking for an experienced legal team to guide you through the full process, or you just need professional advice to decide whether you have a claim, get in touch with our expert team today.
What is Group B Streptococcus Compensation?
If you, or your newborn, has suffered from complications related to GBS, then you may be able to claim for compensation. In many cases, these infections can be prevented or quickly resolved by medical staff. Therefore, if your newborn suffers from any permanent disability related to the infection’s spread, then you will be entitled to compensation.
GBS can be resolved quickly and, if treated promptly, will normally result in the infant’s total recover. However, failing to diagnose and treat this complication can cause a range of serious complications. If your baby suffered from a GBS infection, your medical practitioner needs to diagnose and begin treatment immediately. If they fail to do so, you may be entitled to compensation.
Here at Tylers Solicitors, our experienced team can help you to get the money you need to move on with your life. Our no-win, no-fee solicitors will do everything we can to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of Group B Streptococcus compensation. Whether the infection has resulted in a wrongful death, or long-term injury, our experienced team are here for you.
How Much Could I Receive as Part of Group B Streptococcus Compensation?
When you receive your compensation, the amount that you receive will depend on the impact it has had on your life. The medical negligence displayed in neglecting to treat the infection promptly will be one of the main deciding factors. Even if the infection was caught before it caused your newborn’s death, you can still claim if it left your child with long-term complications.
When deciding the amount of compensation that you are entitled to, there will be several different factors taken into consideration. These can include:
- General Damages.
- Pain and Suffering.
- Long-Term Complications.
- Your Age.
- The Amount of Children You Have.
- Medical or Travel Expenses.
- Recovery Period.
- Short or Long-Term Caring Costs.
Below, we’ve listed some of the amount that you might expect to receive. These amounts are ballpark figures. However, the final amount of money that you will receive will depend on your unique circumstances. No two claims are the same, and there are always mitigating factors to consider when discussing medical negligence.
Group B Streptococcus Injury Compensation Amounts
|Type of Group B Streptococcus Injury||Description||Amount of Compensation|
|Wrongful Death||If the Group B Strep infection causes the infant to die, then you will be able to claim for wrongful death. The is the worst outcome of serious medical negligence related to childbirth. If your infant had a GBS infection, then you will be able to make a claim for wrongful death compensation. In addition to the death itself, you may also be able to claim for funeral costs.||£15,500 to £310,000, or More Depending on the Negligence Displayed.|
|Moderate to Serious Cerebral Palsy||If the Group B Streptococcus infection causes your child to develop moderate to serious cerebral palsy, then you will be able to make a compensation claim. In some cases, these conditions can cause your infant to become paraplegic for the rest of their lives. This can severely limit their options in life, their ability to work and socialise.||£210,000 to £10 Million.|
|Minor to Moderate Brain Damage||If the infection has left your child with minor to moderate brain damage, you will be able to claim compensation. This will normally be reflected in your child’s lack of concentration, poor memory or inability to retain information.||£1,500 to £155,000.|
|Moderate to Severe Brain Damage||This form of serious injury can result in little to no quality of life. In many cases, your child will be unable to work, socialise or take care of themselves. They will often require around the clock care.||£155,000 to £2 Million Plus.|
What is Group B Strep?
Group B Streptococcus is one of the most common causes of serious infections in newborn babies. It is common bacteria which is mostly harmless. However, if it passed on during childbirth, it can cause a range of serious problems for the child.
How Is Group B Strep Passed On?
As GBS is carried by roughly one in five pregnant women in the UK, it is a common bacterium. If the baby comes into contact with the bacteria during childbirth, it can spread. This only happens in around 1 pregnancy per 1,750.
What are the Differences Between Group A and Group B Strep?
Group A Streptococcus (GAS) is the bacteria responsible for strep throat. While they are similar microorganisms in makeup, they are spread differently and cause different illness. GAS is normally spread through coughing or sneezing, where GBS is passed on through childbirth.
What are the Symptoms of GBS Infection?
While the mother will not exhibit any symptoms, the presence of this bacteria can cause a range of symptoms in the newborn. These can include:
- Being Unresponsive.
- Grunting While Breathing.
- Unusually Low/High Temperatures.
- Fast/Slow Breathing.
- Very Fast/Slow Heart Rate.
Can Group B Streptococcus Cause Permanent Disabilities?
Group B Strep, if left untreated, can cause serious permanent health conditions, such as:
- Sepsis (Blood Poisoning).
- Pneumonia (Lung Infections).
- Meningitis (Infection of the Brain Lining).
These can cause long-term conditions, including:
- Cerebral Palsy.
- Brain Injuries.
- Blindness and Deafness.
- Serious Learning Difficulties.
Can a Group B Strep Infection Be Fatal?
If not treated promptly, it is possible for GBS to be fatal. The infection can cause problems which the infant’s immune system isn’t prepared to deal with. 1 in 17,000 babies die from GBS infections in the UK each year.
Who is Vulnerable to Group B Strep Infection?
Although infants are the most vulnerable group, Group B Strep can cause problems for the elderly too. It can cause conditions like:
- Adult Meningitis.
- Bone Infections.
- Eye Infections.
- Kidney, Bladder and Prostate Infections.
- Skin Ulcers and Pressure Sores.
How is a GBS Infection Treated?
Group B Streptococcus is fairly easy to treat once it has been diagnosed. If your infant tests positive for GPS, they will be given intravenous antibiotics. IV antibiotics will destroy the harmful bacteria. Oxygen and IV fluids may be prescribed as well.
I’m Pregnant: What Should I Do If I Have Group B Streptococcus?
If you’re pregnant and concerned about GBS, you should speak to your midwife or GP. They might advise you to:
- Change Your Birth Plan.
- Have Antibiotics During Labour.
- Remain in Hospital for Longer than Normal.
- Alert your Midwife when Labour Starts.
Am I Eligible to Claim for Group B Streptococcus Compensation?
If your child contracted a GBS infection during birth, and it wasn’t promptly diagnosed and treated, then you will be able to claim for compensation. Your doctor needs to recognise the symptoms and ensure that your infant is treated with IV antibiotics as soon as possible. Failing to do so can cause a full range of serious and long-term health concerns.
Here at Tylers Solicitors, our experienced and professional team are here for you. We can deliver no-win, no-fee legal services to help you get the Group B Streptococcus compensation that you are entitled to. Over the years, our solicitors have helped hundreds of people to get the money that they are entitled to following medical negligence during childbirth.
What Can the Group B Streptococcus Compensation Pay For?
As an untreated GBS infection can cause lifelong concerns, you can use the compensation you receive to pay for effective treatments. Just some of the things you’ll be able to pay for include:
- Speech and Language Therapy.
- Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.
- Moving Home or Adapting Your Home.
- Transportation and Care Costs.
- Assistant Technologies.
Further Reading on Group B Streptococcus Compensation in the UK:
- NHS Choices: Group B Strep
- GBSS.Org: Group B Strep Infection
- MedicineNet: Group B Strep Infection Treatment, Tests & Symptoms
Choose Tylers Solicitors for Group B Streptococcus Compensation Claims in the UK
Here at Tylers Solicitors, our experienced team can deliver a full range of no-win, no-fee legal services to suit your needs. We can deliver a comprehensive legal service to help you get the compensation you are entitled to. Whether the infection was terminal or if it has resulted in long-term or permanent health conditions, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
For more information on the wide range of no-win, no-fee legal services that we can provide, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced team today. You can reach our experts directly by calling us on 0800 699 079. If you prefer, you can also send any questions or concerns that you might have through our simple online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.