Poor obstetric treatment during a birth, or lack of diagnosis of a baby with birth defects could be grounds for a clinical negligence claim. Common problems with which our specialist birth injury claim lawyers have experience in achieving claims for compensation are difficult labour leading to oxygen deprivation in the newborn baby; negligent interpretation of CTG scans; problems following Caesarean section or following forceps or vacuum delivery; failed sterilisation; brachial plexus injury following shoulder dystocia; problems in the ante natal period such as pre-eclamsia; bladder or bowel or ureter injury during gynaecological operations; complications of hysterectomy operations; problems with infertility treatments and complications of twin pregnancy. Our solicitors have also successfully settled claims for compensation on behalf of women who have been injured in labour and whose injuries have been missed, misdiagnosed or mistreated.
If you consider you had a badly handled labour and delivery or any negligent ante-natal care or your baby wasn't properly cared for after birth, and your child has cerebral palsy you may have a claim for your child which deserves compensation.
The medical accident team at Leigh Day has also successfully concluded several cases where - because amniocentesis was not properly conducted - the amniocentesis needle has entered the fetal brain, causing severe brain damage. Our specialist obstetric litigation lawyers have also acted successfully for clients where pre-natal genetic tests have been misdiagnosed.
Facts and figures
- About 1 in 400 babies born in the UK have cerebral palsy
- In the UK there is a 0.5% incidence of shoulder dystocia
- 1% of vaginal deliveries result in 3rd degree tears