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The birth of our child is meant to be the happiness time of our lives. There are a number of birth injury types which can result from Medical Malpractice or Negligence.

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.

 

If you think you have a claim for birth related injuries please call us on 0161 685 0070 for a no obligation chat about your next steps to make a claim.

 

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).

 

If you think you have a claim for maternal infections please call us on 0161 685 0070 for a no obligation chat about your next steps to make a claim.

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.

Erbs 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.

Klumpkes 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.

If you think you have a claim for muscle related or physical injuries please call us on 0161 685 0070 for a no obligation chat about your next steps to make a claim.

Our Specialist Birth Related Injuries Solicitors Can Help

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With almost 20 years experience in Personal Injury and Litigation, Stuart has an unrivalled success rate at Trial and an ability to negotiate settlements on behalf of Clients.

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