Birth injury

The birth of a child should be a time of happiness, excitement and celebration. Unfortunately from time to time things go wrong often leading to devastating consequences. Sadly when negligent mistakes are made by medical professionals the result is pain, heartache and frustration for victims and their families alike.


Birth injury claims

If negligence mistakes are made by medical professionals during the birth of a child, this could lead to injuries being sustained by either mother and/or baby. Our birth injury medical negligence specialists can provide you with the expert advice needed to determine whether you have a birth injury negligence claim or not and offer guidance on what you should do next.

Often covered under the title obstetric, birth injury claims are a wide range of issues and birth related complications. These can include:

  • Anaesthetic problems including those linked to epidurals
  • Brachial Plexus injuries
  • Brain damage
  • Cerebral Palsy and birth asphyxia
  • Congenital hip dysplasia
  • Damage to baby because of mismanaged labour or delivery
  • Damage to baby because of the failure to note a high risk pregnancy
  • Erbs palsy or brachial plexus injuries
  • Failure to detect abnormalities in foetus
  • Failure to diagnose and treat an ectopic pregnancy
  • Failure to recognise extent of vaginal tear
  • Forceps delivery or ventouse delivery errors
  • Inadequate management of pre-eclampsia
  • Incorrectly sutured episiotomy
  • Neonatal death
  • Neonatal illnesses – hypoglycaemia
  • Nerve damage
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Undiagnosed disability e.g. Down’s Syndrome

There are numerous causes that can contribute to a child birth injury, these include:

  • Abnormal presentation (breech)
  • Cephalopelvic disproportion, small maternal stature, maternal pelvic anomalies
  • Deep transverse arrest of descent of presenting part of the fetus
  • Fetal macrosomia
  • Foetal anomalies
  • Large fetal head
  • Oligohydramnios
  • Prima gravida
  • Prolonged or rapid labour
  • Use of midcavity forceps or vacuum extraction
  • Versions and extractions
  • Very low birth weight infant or extreme prematurity

Making a claim for birth negligence

At Hugh James solicitors we believe in providing excellent client care by keeping clients informed at each stage of their medical negligence case. Our initial assessment of your clinical negligence claim is free of charge. If our solicitors advise that you have a potential claim for negligence compensation we will act to gather the relevant employment and medical evidence to build your case. We can help claim compensation for:

  • Excessive use of vacuum extraction
  • Failure to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord reducing oxygen supply
  • Failure to diagnose and treat jaundice or meningitis
  • Failure to perform a caesarean section in the presence of foetal distress
  • Failure to plan a caesarean section for a potentially large birth weight
  • Failure to recognize and treat seizures following delivery
  • Failure to respond to the mother’s high blood pressure or toxaemia
  • Improper use of delivery forceps
  • Leaving the child in the birth canal too long causing a lack of oxygen to the brain
  • Not responding to changes in the foetal heart rate

Our birth injury lawyers

Hugh James solicitors have assisted many people to claim birth injury compensation due to negligence on the part of medical professionals. There are a range of medical professionals who could be responsible for birth injuries. For example you could be eligible to make a birth injury claim as a result of  midwife negligence, physician negligence, anesthetist negligence or negligent nurses or doctors. It is down to our experience and skill that we are widely recognised as one of the country’s leading medical negligence legal teams.

We have access to the best specialist medical experts to enable us to obtain evidence of past and possible future needs to ensure that you are adequately compensated for the disability you or your baby has suffered.

We treat every client with sensitivity and care, whilst aiming at the same time to deliver results including the highest financial settlement possible.

Find out more about making a birth injury claim

If you believe that you have a birth injury negligence claim in relation to any wrong or mistreatment you received during birth, then please contact a member of our medical negligence specialist team today. We are dedicated to your best interests and can advise you on how to proceed. If after talking to us you decide not to take matters further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our initial advice session.

Case studies

Hugh James medical negligence senior associate Rhian Parsons recovered £700,000 for a London mother whose child was born with spina bifida where the condition should have been diagnosed during the pregnancy. The money enabled the family to buy a house and funded equipment which the child needed
Case study 1

Stephen Webber head of medical and clinical negligence at Hugh James, recovered £60,000 for Cardiff parents who lost their child shortly after it was born. There was a negligent delay in delivering the baby which, if avoided, would have resulted in the baby surviving. The compensation recovered was for the bereavement award, psychiatric injuries as well as loss of earnings.
Case study 2



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