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Birth Injury Claims


For many families the arrival of a child is the most joyful occasion. Sadly, this is not always the case and sometimes, due to avoidable errors such as incorrectly reading a CTG trace or failing to appreciate the need for an emergency C-section babies can suffer lifelong injuries, the most traumatic of these involve injury to the brain which results in a condition called cerebral palsy (brain injury). This type of injury is devastating to families and significantly impacts on the child’s ability to develop. Quite often parents will learn that their children will never talk, walk, get a job, or live any kind of independent life.

These types of birth injury claims are extremely complicated and difficult to prove without specialist legal advice. Our specialist Solicitors will work to secure proper compensation so that an appropriate care package can be put in place to help manage the complex needs that cerebral palsy causes.

Cerebral palsy is not the only problem that can arise during child birth and lead to parents making birth injury compensation claims. Various clinical situations can lead to birth injury cases. Birth injury negligence can arise as a result of a failure to manage an expectant mother’s labour correctly. This could be due to a failure to appreciate risks specific to the individual such as an underlying medical condition like diabetes which can result in shoulder dystocia which if not managed properly can cause a brachial plexus (nerve) injury to the baby.

Others common injuries to babies during labour and delivery are:

  • Fractures to the skull, legs, arm, shoulder and collarbone
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Cuts and scars
  • Complications relating to new born jaundice (kernicterus)
  • Failure to diagnose hearing difficulties
  • Failure to diagnose and treat new borne cataracts

There are many other circumstances that can lead to an injury to either mother or baby. Some of the more common things our specialist birth injury solicitors see on a regular basis are:

  • Failure to consider a caesarean section
  • Failure to perform or extend an episiotomy during a forceps delivery
  • Failure to properly assess and manage the grade of perianal tear
  • Retained products of conception (retained placenta)
  • Anaesthetic and/or antibiotic errors
  • Injuries to internal organs such as the bladder and bowel
  • Errors in managing underlying medical conditions such as pre-eclampsia

For further information about birth injury negligence please contact our birth injury solicitors on 020 3405 2860 or by e-mail contact@universalaw.co.uk or complete our short form.

All enquiries are completely free of charge and we will investigate all funding options for you including Legal Aid and ‘No Win No Fee’.