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Birth injuries can be truly devastating for all involved, often not only affecting the baby and sometimes the mother, but also other family and friends who may be impacted by the serious consequences of such an injury.
Sometimes birth injuries are temporary, and other times they are permanent, lasting a lifetime. Sometimes children aren’t aware of their birth injury until they’re enrolled in school. Other times the symptoms for certain birth injuries are obvious immediately.
If you think you have a claim please call us on 0161 685 0070 for a no obligation chat about your next steps to make a claim.
Claim for Brain-Related Birth Injuries
Brain-related birth injuries can manifest in several different ways. Often, brain injuries develop from oxygen deprivation, such as anoxia, hypoxia, birth asphyxia, and perinatal asphyxia. Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) is a birth injury that merely describes that starvation that happens to the brain and the sometimes-severe consequences as a result of oxygen deprivation.
The leading brain-related injury in relation to birth trauma is cerebral palsy (CP), affecting around 800,000 children which can result from maternal infections, oxygen deprivation, infant stroke, and infant infection. Often cerebral palsy could have been eliminated with the correct identification and preventive measures by doctors and midwives. For example;
- ♦ Failure to monitor fetal distress.
- ♦ Failure to monitor, detect and treat maternal infections.
- ♦ Failure to plan and carry out an emergency C-Section.
- ♦ Failure to identify and treat a prolapsed umbilical cord.
- ♦ Failure to use birth-assisting tools correctly.
Claim for Maternal Infections
Different Maternal infections can cause a number of birth defects within children if not correctly identified and treated. These include;
- Rubella, also known as German Measles.
- Chicken pox, know formally as varicella.
- Group B Strep (GBS) is a bacterial infection that affects up to 25% of all healthy women.
- Caused by spirochete bacterium, syphilis is a sexually-transmitted disease that can be transferred to an infant during pregnancy.
- Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic infection most commonly caused by contact with parasites found in certain raw or under-cooked meats, cat feces, and soil.
- A urinary tract infection (UTI), is a bacterial infection in the urethra.
- The hepatitis B virus (HBV).
Start A Claim for Muscle-Related or Physical Injuries
Some muscle-related injuries may be related to more blatant medical malpractice such as lacerations, bruises, or broken bones. This can also cause other physical birth injuries such as skull fractures or cephalohematoma, the bruising of the area between the brain and the outer layers of skin.
Common muscle-related and physical injuries include:
Brachial Plexus : Brachial plexus happens when the upper extremity of the arm is injured, usually during delivery. Symptoms include weakness in the affected arm and the inability to use certain muscles in the affected arm. The shoulder and hands may also be affected. Electrical-type shocks and a burning sensation down the affected arm is also common.
Erb’s Palsy : Erb’s palsy is a form of brachial plexus marked by the nerves of the upper arm being affected, usually after a birth injury. Infants with Erb’s palsy may experience the loss of feeling and weakness in the affected. In severe cases, infants may have total paralysis in the affected arm.
Klumpke’s Palsy : Klumpke’s palsy, another form of brachial plexus, is caused by damage to the lower nerves in the arm, affecting the arm, wrists, and fingers. Typically, an infant with Klumpke’s palsy with have total paralysis in the affected area, and the hand usually takes on a permanent, claw-like shape.
Shoulder Dystocia : Shoulder dystocia is a birth injury that occurs when an infant’s head and shoulders get trapped behind the mother’s pelvic bone during delivery. Although shoulder dystocia only happens in 1% of all pregnancies, the complications that arise with this type of injury can be severe. Along with the risk of maternal hemorrhaging and uterine rupture, the baby may experience difficulties when breathing, a collarbone fracture, cerebral palsy, a brachial plexus fracture, and in some instances, death.
Some of the Other Types of Injuries Suffered
• Perineal tears – third and fourth degree
• Wrongly performed Episiotomies
• Mistakes in suturing tears or Episiotomies
• Injuries to organs from Caesarean sections or failing to recognise damage at the time
• Anaesthetic errors
• Errors in managing Pre-eclampsia.
Injuries to Babies
When babies are injured by medical mistakes in labour or delivery, it’s crucial to obtain the best possible legal advice as soon as possible. Recent examples of successful birth injury claims include:
• Cerebral Palsy
• Brain injuries
• Fractures to the skull, legs, arm, shoulder and collarbone
• Cuts and scars
• Hip dysplasia.
At Treadstone Law we know that pregnancy and birth injuries can be extremely traumatic and in some cases cause severe disability. We understand the complex legal and medical issues involved, and the importance of supporting you through this most difficult time. We are sensitive to your needs and can ensure that you receive the best support possible.
Treadstone Laws’ Medical Negligence solicitors offer sympathetic and expert advice on making no win no fee Birth Injury Claims, whether the claim involves a baby who has suffered a birth injury – or a new mum who has experienced perineal tearing or other injuries while giving birth.
We will ensure that your claim is handled carefully and professionally by specialist solicitors, while working alongside medical experts, to guarantee the best results for you.
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