Award winning medical negligence solicitors
The birth of a new baby is a very special time for the parents and indeed their whole family. If things go wrong either during the pregnancy or birth, the effects can be devastating. If either the baby or the mother suffers an injury due to medical negligence then, they will be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen?
We have considerable experience and expertise in representing clients throughout the UK, and obtaining compensation for clients where negligence occurred at birth. Where possible we will try and secure early part payment (interim payments) of compensation to pay for care, rehabilitation, equipment and adaptations to accommodation if appropriate. Our highly experienced team of specialist clinical negligence lawyers are here to assist and to advise. They will advise you comprehensively about the merits of your claim, funding and ensure that you and your family get the best possible results.
Our team will help you to:
- Gain answers to your questions
- Find out the truth about what went wrong
- Gain rehabilitative care and treatment, wherever needed
- Gain compensation
- Put your mind at ease
Birth Injuries to Babies
Poorly managed delivery and after care can result in a number of injuries to your child that include:
Cerebral palsy is a condition that can result from a baby being starved of oxygen during delivery. A lack of sufficient oxygen causes damage to the brain and may result in the baby having physical or intellectual (often both) disabilities. Currently, it is thought that around 20% of cerebral palsy cases result from poor management during the delivery period. Cerebral palsy injuries are devastating and impact not only the child but also the parents and the rest of the family. Living with/caring for a child with a brain injury can be very challenging especially when the child needs 24 hour care, specialist accommodation equipment and various therapies. Securing funds to pay for the best level of care after traumatic birth injuries is vital to help rebuild lives.
Other injuries include:
- Erbs palsy (nerve damage resulting from the baby’s shoulder getting stuck – shoulder dystocia)
- Fracture to the skull, legs, arms, shoulders and collarbone
- Cuts and scars
- Hip dysplasia
- Infant death
Injuries to mothers
- Still birth of a child
- Psychiatric injury
- Perineal tears
- Wrongly performed suturing of episiotomy
- Retained products of conception
- Retained swabs
- Anaesthetic errors
During pregnancy genetic tests are sometimes carried out on the parents and/or the foetus (by taking a sample of the amniotic fluid). This is done to test for the presence of a specific disease or genetic abnormality. The tests can also tell whether a person is a “carrier” of a disease, this means that the person does not have the disease themselves but is capable of passing it to their children.
Misdiagnosis of a disease or genetic problem can have a devastating impact upon a family. Even when the family are anticipating the birth of a child with a genetic disease – it can be incredibly difficult to come to terms with.
Our team are experienced in these complex cases and have obtained compensation for families whose genetic testing has been incorrectly reported.
The majority of our cases are funded by way of a conditional fee agreement, more commonly known as a no win no fee agreement. If your child has suffered a brain injury at birth, you may be entitled to Legal Aid. This means there is no financial risk to you.
Contact a medical negligence solicitor
If you have any concerns about your medical treatment or your right to treatment, contact us by telephone 0800 437 0322 or email, or by completing the enquiry form and we’ll be happy to discuss your specific situation and how we can help you.