Bringing a new life into the world should be one of the most magical times parents experience and in the majority of cases, childbirth takes place without any major complications. However, when things go wrong and there are injuries to the mother or new born baby, the consequences can often be devastating for all those involved.
If you think you may have cause to make a claim for childbirth injury compensation for yourself, your partner or your baby you should seek our specialist legal advice as soon as possible.
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There are unfortunately many ways in which the medical professionals responsible for your care during your pregnancy and labour could fail to act in such a way which would ensure the safety of you and your baby.
Cerebral Palsy is the term used to cover a number of types of neurological conditions that effect a baby's mental and physical development.
The condition can be debilitating for the sufferer and can completely change the lives of those who are responsible for their care. Cerebral Palsy is one of the most common birth injuries and effects approximately 1,800 babies born in the UK each year. It is usually caused when the baby is starved of oxygen at birth, however, it can also be caused before birth where, for example, there has been an infection in the early stages of pregnancy or a bleed in the baby's brain.
Erb's Palsy, also known as brachial plexus paralysis, is a condition which affects the nerves which connect the spinal cord to the shoulder and arm.
The condition is usually caused during a baby's birth, often when too much force is applied by medical staff as the child is delivered. The level of resulting paralysis from Erb's Palsy can vary from case to case. The condition can manifest itself in loss of sensation to the arm and wasting away of the muscles, with a resulting impact on mobility. The condition can sometimes also cause stunted growth in the arms and hands.
Although compensation may be the last thing on a mother's mind after going through pregnancy complications or birth trauma, it may prove essential in helping to fund any long-term treatment requirements or physical aids for you, or your injured child as they progress into adulthood.
If you believe that you or your baby's injury was caused by the negligent actions or inactions of the hospital staff responsible for your care, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. Spencers specialist child birth injury team are experienced medical negligence solicitors and are on hand to assist, should you be thinking of making a claim for compensation.
Call us today on 08000 93 00 94 for sensitive and plain-speaking legal advice about how to proceed with a compensation claim.