Child Birth Brain Injury Compensation Claims
Childbirth is a complex medical procedure with a wide range of issues that can arise during the process.
In the most devastating cases the baby may suffer injuries to the brain, with life-changing impacts on the child and their family.
Childbirth brain injuries can range in their severity from being treatable to carrying long-term or fatal implications.
Sadly, some childbirth brain injuries are caused by medical negligence. This is where the child suffered brain injuries that could have been avoided, had the medical professionals acted correctly during the delivery.
If you, or someone close to you, have been affected by childbirth brain injuries which you believe may have occurred as a result of negligent medical care, our experienced Birth Injury Solicitors are here to help you.
While nothing can ever take away the pain that brain injuries cause to all of those involved, getting the right legal advice can ensure that you and your child receive the support you need. Compensation awards in child brain injury cases can be substantial, as the child may have life-long care needs, and most cases are settled out of court.
Our team will first help you understand whether you have a claim and the likelihood of success if you choose to take it forward. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.
Why choose us?
Our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors has been working hard to achieve the best results possible for all our clients across England and Wales since 1997.
Based in Manchester, we work closely with clients across the Northwest and throughout the UK to determine whether they could have a claim, how much they might be entitled to and to help them through the process of making a claim.
For those suffering the aftermath of childbirth brain injury negligence, the thought of taking on the additional stress of making a claim can be unbearable. That's why we're here - to help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you think that you or someone close to you could have experienced childbirth brain injury negligence, find out what your next steps are by getting in touch with one of our experts. Simply call us via the number at the top of the page or fill out our contact form, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
When are childbirth brain injuries considered to be a result of medical negligence?
In any medical procedure, there are always risks involved. In most cases, the medical staff do everything they can to achieve the optimal outcomes and the injuries a child suffers during birth are considered unavoidable.
But in some cases, harm can be caused to the child's head because the medical professionals did not follow procedures properly or failed to act where they should have. This is considered negligent.
There are unfortunately many ways that childbirth brain injury negligence can arise.
Can incorrect HIE treatment be considered negligence?
My doctor didn't provide my child with the right treatment after hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). Is this negligent?
A hypoxic brain injury is a form of brain injury that occurs when the baby is deprived of oxygen during birth. This can also limit the amount of blood flow to the brain.
Hypoxic brain injuries can lead to the child developing cerebral palsy or other conditions, and in severe cases, lack of oxygen and/or blood flow to the brain can prove to be fatal.
However, the sooner that the child is diagnosed and given the correct treatment, the better the chances of the medical team minimising the resulting damage. But without receiving the correct treatment in a timely fashion, the baby's injuries can worsen significantly. In many instances, failure to correctly diagnose and treat these types of injuries can be considered medical negligence.
Another example of what can go wrong when medical professionals fail to correctly monitor, diagnose, and treat a child's injuries is when anoxic brain injuries (injuries caused by a lack of oxygen reaching the child's brain if they stop breathing after or during birth) this can lead to the child developing difficulties that could otherwise have been prevented, resulting in more serious treatment programs being required.
This is considered negligent.
Nobody should have to go through childbirth brain injury negligence. If you think that you, or someone close to you, have suffered through childbirth brain injury negligence, seeking out the right legal advice is essential.
To find out if you could have a claim, get in touch with us today.
What are the symptoms of childbirth brain injuries?
There are many possible symptoms of infant brain damage, and the severity of these can vary significantly.
The most common symptoms of childbirth brain injury include:
- Abnormal temperament, such as refusing nourishment or high-pitched crying
- Delayed development, such as being unable to crawl at the expected age. While this can be completely normal and usually nothing to worry about, it is always good to seek the opinion of your doctor
- Deformed features, such as their spinal cord or skull
Some of the symptoms of a severe childbirth brain injury can include:
- Small head
- Large forehead
- Stiffness of the spine or neck
- Abnormal eye movements
Failure to spot clear signs of childbirth brain injuries in time - leading to delayed diagnosis and delayed treatment, which could then cause further damage to the child's brain - can be considered medical negligence.
If your child has suffered further damage due to misdiagnosis of childbirth brain injury symptoms, or lack of a correct diagnosis, then you could have a claim for compensation.
To find out for sure, get in touch with one of our childbirth brain injury legal experts today and discover what your next steps could be. No child deserves to suffer as a result of childbirth brain injuries, especially not due to medical negligence. Find you and your loved ones the closure you deserve.
How are childbirth brain injuries treated?
Every injury to a child, especially a child's brain, must always be dealt with extremely sensitively. The stage of brain development the child was in when they were injured can determine the child's ability to learn, adapt and heal.
Some methods of treatment for childbirth brain injuries include oxygen therapy and brain cooling. There is a considerable amount of research going into new treatment options, but the focus of the healthcare team responsible for managing the child's condition will always be on rehabilitation and helping the child and family to manage life with their injuries as best as they can.
The amount of time that passes between the initial injury and diagnosis will determine the level of harm caused to the child, which treatment the baby will receive and how effective that treatment might be, so it is vital that healthcare professionals spot any injuries caused as soon as possible.
What are my next steps?
At SDS Solicitors, we help families that have been impacted by childbirth brain injury negligence.
We understand that no amount of compensation could take away from the pain and suffering that you, your child and your loved ones have experienced. But with the right solicitor, you can make a claim for compensation that could alleviate some of the financial burden that can arise as a result of childbirth brain injury negligence.
To find out if you could have a claim, what you could be entitled to, and what your next steps might look like, get in touch with one of our experts today by calling us through the number at the top of this page or filling out our contact form.
Contact our team
At SDS Solicitors, we are a specialist medical negligence, accident and personal injury law firm that has been working hard to achieve the best results possible for all our clients across England and Wales since 1997.
We are based in Manchester and work closely with the community around the area, including handling birth injury claims from Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Prestwich, Bury and Radcliffe.
However, our medical negligence solicitors represent clients from anywhere in England and Wales, with no obligation to proceed beyond your free initial claim assessment. Contact us today using the number at the top of this page.
We know traumatic labour can have a lasting emotional impact on both parents, even before any birth injuries are discovered, so we always treat enquiries with care and sensitivity.
To discuss your circumstances and find out whether you have grounds to make a Childbirth Brain Injury Claim, please get in touch today and we will be happy to help.