Childbirth should be one of the happiest moments in a person’s life, which is why it can particularly distressing if medical negligence has played a role in taking that special moment away.
That’s why at Claim Today Solicitors, not only do we have the experience and expertise to handle your claim and help you alleviate the financial burden of medical negligence at childbirth, but we can also ensure that you have access to experts who can help you with questions surrounding future care.
Some of the main areas of injury/damage which can be caused by medical negligence during childbirth are:
- cerebral palsy; a set of neurological conditions that affect a child’s movement and co-ordination by causing damage to the brain before, during, or just after birth, cerebral palsy can be caused through abnormal brain development, infection during pregnancy, premature or complex birth, or bleeding in the baby’s brain;
- Erb’s palsy; a nerve injury that affects the movement in a child’s arm, hand, or shoulder. It is usually caused during birth should too much force be applied to the baby’s head. The baby may be too large to fit in the birth canal, or shoulder dystocia may require the baby to be re-positioned, which may cause the injury to occur. Your obstetrician should be looking for risk factors that could lead to Erb’s palsy before childbirth;
- Klumpke’s palsy; partial or complete muscle paralysis of the brachial plexus, a network of nerves that run from the neck to the arm. Often characterised as “claw hand”;
- Pre-Eclampsia; a condition that affects 1 in 10 first-time mothers around the 20 week mark, or immediately after delivery, with symptoms of high blood pressure, fluid retention, and protein in the urine (proteinuria). If left unnoticed and untreated, it can lead to full eclampsia, which can kill both the mother and the child, HELLP syndrome, cerebral haemorrhage, pulmonary oedema, or kidney and liver failure.
You may be able to make a claim in the following circumstances:
- Where there have been complications during or after the birth; such as the medical professionals failing to prepare or respond adequately to complications, not proceeding with a Caesarean section where one is appropriate, incorrect dosages prescribed, or malfunctioning equipment;
- anaesthesia errors; whether a case of giving too much or too little, or failing to investigate the patient’s medical history, monitor the patient’s vital signs, or using defective equipment;
- surgical errors; whether complications occur as a result of surgery, or wrong operations take place, or even leaving a surgical instrument in the patient’s body, all are likely to be cases of negligence.
No win no fee
Personal injury compensation claims, clinical negligence claims, and serious injury claims made with Claim Today Solicitors are brought on a “no win, no fee” basis. This means that if you don’t win your case, you don’t pay a penny.
The main benefits of a “No Win, No Fee” agreement is that there is no money to pay up front. Any amounts payable by you are only payable if you win and are therefore deducted from your compensation, meaning you need not worry about money in order to make a claim, and to benefit from legal advice as soon as possible.
Do you have a claim?
If you believe you may have a clinical negligence claim, and that you only became aware of the negligent act within the last three years, then you may be able to bring have a claim. You should contact us by calling 08000 93 93 92, or by filling out our contact form so that our team can take full details from you and advise you as to whether you have a claim or not, and your next steps.
How to start your claim
To start your claim with Claim Today Solicitors, either call 08000 93 93 92, or start your claim by clicking here and filling out our form, where we will call you back to talk to you in more detail about your claim.
When detailing your claim, it is important that you note down the details of your accident, including:
- the time and date of the incident/treatment;
- the location of the incident/treatment;
- what you believe to have gone wrong;
- what injury/damage you believe you have suffered as a result;
- photographs of the scarring/injury.
After establishing that you have a claim that we can take forward, our expert solicitors at Claim Today will handle all of your tricky paperwork and advise you throughout the claim process.
Claim Today, Plan for Tomorrow
Claim Today Solicitors is a personal injury firm that specialises in medical negligence and serious injury claims, and is nationally accredited for both client service and legal delivery in the field of personal injury. The Head of our Clinical Negligence Department, Joanne Warren, is accredited by the Law Society in the field of Clinical Negligence.
However, our care looks beyond that of your claim. Our commitment to you can be seen through our tagline “Claim Today, Plan for Tomorrow”. Our expert team of clinical negligence solicitors look at ensuring that you are able to continue your life as able and as worry-free as possible.
We will assess the impact of your medical care alongside your rehabilitation, equipment and house adjustments, and your long-term daily care needs, to ensure that you receive full support with your claim. This can include provisions such as benefits, psychological and physical therapy, future care, mobility and living modifications, family support, and ongoing medical treatment.
In some cases, we are also able to offer claim advances up front in order to make necessary adjustments and medical support to ensure that you get the best support at a time that you need it most, meaning that you can start planning for tomorrow, while you claim today.