The birth of a child should be an experience that parents can look forward to. Most births are straightforward but sometimes things can go wrong. The effects of this can be severe for both the parents and the child. This is known as birth injury.
A study conducted between 2010 and 2015 by researchers at Imperial College London revealed that 5 out of 1000 babies suffered a condition or sign linked to a brain injury. Injuries can be caused by failing to anticipate complications and not responding appropriately.
Different Birth Injury
Both mother and baby can sustain injuries during child birth. These can be very minor and resolve within a short period of time but sometimes these injuries are permanent and can have lifelong consequences.
Several injuries which a baby may incur during birth include:
- Facial injuries such as bells palsy, bruising, scarring, nerve injuries and permanent disfigurement.
- Physical injuries such as shoulder dystocia, Erb’s palsy, fractures and brachial plexus.
- Oxygen deprivation resulting in cerebral palsy
- Still Birth
The above mentioned injuries vary in severity and the consequences of each injury differ from minor to long term.
A mother can incur the following injuries during childbirth:
- Damage to sexual organs
- Incorrect wound management
- Psychological damage as a result of birth management
- Perianal tears
How do they happen?
In some instances, injury to either or both mother and baby is unavoidable. Nonetheless, in the majority of cases most birth injuries can be avoided if the appropriate care and management is in place.
Birth injuries can simply be caused by a lack of resources. There may be clinicians performing the delivery with insufficient experience or there may be a misuse of birth assisting tools and instruments.
Subsequently, the delivery of the baby can be done incorrectly therefore leading to injury.
Common examples of birth injuries suffered due to negligence are as follows:
- Not enough assessing or monitoring during labour;
- The baby being assessed as being in the wrong position;
- Failure to identify the need for a caesarean section delivery when necessary;
- Too much force used with forceps or ventouse;
- The incorrect use of forceps, vacuum or other birth-assisting equipment;
- Incorrect performance or failure to perform an episiotomy.
How can we help?
The above are just a number of injuries that can occur so if you do not see a specific injury listed, please do not assume we cannot help. We have acknowledged some of the more common injuries but we have extensive experience in dealing with all types of birth injuries.
It is appreciated that this is a sensitive subject and birth injuries can be emotionally distressing. We pride ourselves on our sympathetic and understanding approach and we can help you through the process to pursue a claim for negligent treatment.
Dependant on the nature of the injury, we can help you gain compensation for potential negligence you have suffered. We cannot turn back time and prevent the injury from happening, we can still help you to get to the bottom of why the injuries occurred.
If you have suffered a birth injury and you consider that this could have been as a result of negligent treatment then please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss how we can help. The initial consultation will be free of charge and after this, should we consider that you have a potential claim and you wish to proceed, we are able to offer a No Win, No Fee agreement.