If you believe that negligence on the part of a midwife led to you or your baby suffering, the expert solicitors at Hospital Negligence can help you secure the compensation to which you are entitled. We understand the difficult and sensitive nature of such legal action, but our friendly, understanding solicitors are here to guide you through the process, easing any reservations you may have.
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Midwife failures lead to permanent brain damage - £6 million
Midwives who attended to Bradley when he was a newborn failed to recognise and treat his low blood sugars (hypoglycaemia). As a result Bradley suffered devastating and permanent brain damage. Bradley was left with both physical and mental disabilities and he will never be able to live independently. After Bradley’s parents were put in touch with Eddie Jones, a cerebral palsy specialist at Hospital Negligence, he was awarded £6 million in compensation to cover the cost of the specialist care he will require for the rest of his life.
Poor after care
When Bradley was born he had to be resuscitated and his birth weight was fairly low, he was jaundiced, appeared jittery and had not fed well while he was in hospital. However nonetheless Bradley and his mother Rachel were discharged -just five hours after his birth. Rachel was advised to place him in sunlight to treat the jaundice and swaddle him to help with his jitteriness – incorrect advice as these symptoms required investigation and monitoring by medical professionals. Rachel and her husband were concerned that Bradley was not fit to go home but they were assured that he was.
The next day Bradley’s jitteriness and poor feeding continued and he was very sleepy. A community midwife visited them at home early in the afternoon and Rachel told her she was concerned but she was simply advised to feed the baby every three hours and to continue to swaddle him.
Following this first midwife visit Rachel attempted to feed Bradley every three hours, including setting alarms during the night. Bradley remained very sleepy and took very little milk.
The next day another midwife visited Bradley and Rachel at home. Bradley was still jittery, jaundiced, very sleepy and fed little if at all. Rachel was becoming very worried about Bradley but the midwife had no concerns and the only advice she gave was for feeding to continue every three to four hours.
Later that morning Rachel attended hospital for an Anti D injection with Bradley and her husband. It was a hot day and Bradley appeared to be perspiring and continued to be jittery. Rachel asked the midwife who gave her the injection about Bradley’s condition and expressed her concern. The midwife simply told her to follow the advice that she had been given previously and said no more.
However later that evening while the family was at home, Bradley turned blue/purple and went floppy. Rachel and her husband rushed him to A&E at the hospital. Bradley was found to be suffering from hypoglycaemia due to inadequate feeding and also jaundice. The jaundice was immediately treated with phototherapy and had no lasting impact on Bradley. However despite the hypoglycaemia also being immediately treated it was by now far too late to prevent Bradley from sustaining permanent brain damage.
Successful medical negligence case
If the midwives who attended to Bradley at home had recognised that Bradley’s jitteriness, sleepiness and poor feeding were signs of hypoglycaemia and had referred him straight to hospital for treatment he would have made a full recovery and avoided brain damage. Nothing could be done to turn back the clock but after Hospital Negligence’s Eddie Jones took on Bradley’s case against the hospital trust responsible for the midwives a full admission of negligence was made. Bradley was later given a £6 million care package to provide him with financial security and enable him to access the care he requires.
Midwives undoubtedly provide an invaluable service to patients, helping them at such an important, emotional time. Unfortunately, midwives can make mistakes, and any error they make can have serious consequences for mother and baby.
Whether a mistake is due to individual error or other factors, such as understaffing or being overworked, it can have a severe impact on a family and this is why it is important that anyone who has suffered due to negligence on the part of a midwife is able to claim compensation to help as they look to move forward with their lives. If, for example, a birth injury leads to a baby suffering a condition for the rest of their life, such as cerebral palsy, compensation can help the family access any care, treatment and equipment required.
In addition to cerebral palsy, a midwife's negligence can lead to a range of birth injuries, including:
- Brain injuries
- Erbs' palsy, which is paralysis of the arm caused by excessive traction on the baby's head, neck or shoulders
- Fractured bones
- Injuries to the mother
If you or your child have suffered injury and you believe that this occurred due to a midwife not doing their job correctly, or if it was due to poor practice at a medical facility, contact our solicitors today.
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