Birth Injury Claims
Birth injuries can be extremely serious and can have both a physical impact on the baby and a psychological impact on the family. It is therefore imperative that you are able to make a birth injury claim if this has affected your child.
Our birth injury solicitors are here to offer the support and guidance you need to make your claim. Discuss your case with us today by calling us on 0800 014 7481 or by completing our online enquiry form.
Birth Injuries Defined
There are approximately 2,000 babies born every day and about 70 will have some type of birth injury, which is defined as any type of damage caused to an infant's body before, during or shortly after birth. The damage can vary greatly from minor to severe and from temporary to permanent and may be serious enough to cause the death of the infant. Common injuries include skin irritations, paralysis, fractured bones, brain injury and nerve damage.
Medical complications during labour and delivery can cause a wide variety of problems for a newborn baby. Birth injury is most often caused by induced or operative delivery, rather than a spontaneous delivery. The main causes are oxygen deprivation and mechanical trauma, which can occur when the baby assumes an unusual position at the time of birth or when the baby is too large to pass through the birth canal easily.
Common Birth Injuries
Numerous injuries are caused as a result of medical negligence by doctors or hospitals during delivery. Damage can occur if excessive force is applied during delivery or there is a delay in performing a necessary caesarean section delivery, or if the delivery team fails to properly anticipate the size of a baby. The most common injuries are:
Funding Your Claim
It can be difficult to know how to manage with birth injuries and most families simply don't have the resources to cover all the expenses and provide for the child victim over his or her lifetime. That's where we come in to help your child receive the compensation they deserve. One of our medical negligence experts will telephone you with no obligation. We have highly experienced solicitors including those on the Law Society’s panel of medical negligence experts, so you can be assured that your case will be handled professionally and sensitively.
Many children who have sustained a brain injury during birth will qualify for legal aid even though the child's parents may have substantial income and assets as only the child’s income if any is taken into account. Few solicitors are authorised by the Legal Aid Agency to apply for legal aid for medical claims. Claims involving brain injuries may be funded by the Legal Aid Agency with no financial contribution being necessary from the parents. We have solicitors who are members of The Law Society panel of medical negligence experts and are entitled to make an immediate application for legal aid.
Talk to Us
If your child's condition resulted from medical negligence, we can help you assert your rights and get the compensation your child deserves. If you would like free legal advice without obligation then just complete our contact form and an experienced solicitor will telephone to discuss your claim. You can also contact us directly by calling 0800 014 7481.