What are the most common childbirth injuries to Mother?
The period preceding childbirth is usually an anxiety filled period. The expectant couple would of course desire that they get the best possible care to ensure safety of the mother and baby. The medical professionals -obstetrician, midwives and other healthcare professionals on duty have a duty of care towards the mother and baby and ensure that no act of carelessness or negligence is experienced as such could cause traumatic and life-changing injuries to the mother and also the child.
When negligence occurs, causing you or your loved one to suffer birth complications or birth related injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for your childbirth injuries to mother claims.
In the UK, the vast majority of childbirth goes on smoothly without any complications to the mother and child. However, there are still cases of birth injury claims and obstetrics negligence claims reported everyday against the NHS. In 2018/19 for instance, birth injuries related claims (obstetrics negligence claims) were the third highest number of claims and received the highest number of compensation awards overall. Actually about 50% of the entire settlement payout for that year went to obstetric negligence and birth injury claims.
Sustaining birth injuries when the family should be rejoicing over the birth of a baby can be very devastating and emotionally distressing not just for the victim but the entire family. It is even more painful when it was caused by carelessness, negligence or substandard care from medical professionals who had a responsibility to care for you.
The effects of traumatic birth on mother and complications of childbirth as well as common injuries during pregnancy cannot be overemphasized. Your healthcare provider should be able to watch out for these scenarios and take adequate measures to prevent them from happening. When they fail to provide you with the right standard of care required or were negligent in one way or the other exposing you to harm, injury and avoidable complications, it is your legal right to make a claim.
This is why we are here for you. Our birth injury solicitors and NHS negligence solicitors are experts in birth injury claims. We have many years of experience in such claims having represented and won several birth injuries to mother negligence claims over the years for different clients. Our enviable track record of success speaks for itself. We therefore encourage you to reach out to us to make your claims as soon as possible since there is a limited time for making negligence claims.
What Are Birth Injuries To Mother Negligence?
This describes any form of harm, injury, trauma or complications suffered by a mother upon delivery of her child as a result of substandard care, negligent treatment or carelessness from a medical professional such as a GP, Obstetrician or a Midwife.
Indeed, there are minor birth injuries that occur in most childbirths but these heal after a few days. However, birth complications and injuries caused as a result of medical negligence are far more severe and often lead to life-altering disabilities for either the mother, child or both.
When this happens, you are entitled to compensation when you make a claim and it is successfully proven. Negligence resulting in childbirth injuries to the mother can occur either during the antenatal period, during delivery or neonatal period. Our birth injury solicitors are ready to help you prove your case and ensure that justice is served while you receive a deserving compensation amount which will be vital towards having a better life going forward.
Why Make Childbirth Injuries To Mother Claims?
The reasons why you should make childbirth injury claims are not just for the compensation you would get after a successful case. It is also an opportunity for the health establishment, be it the NHS or a private hospital to make internal investigations and take appropriate steps to make sure that such occurrences are reduced to the barest minimum.
And of course, your settlement payout will be very vital for the well being of the mother and the baby as well. It ensures that the family doesn’t have to suffer financially while also providing funds for further medical treatment and purchase of whatever needed equipment to make life a lot easier despite the situation.
Why Choose Us?
NHS negligence claims solicitors are experts in birth injuries to mother negligence claims, all birth injury claims and childbirth trauma claims. We have a very strong success record having helped women who have suffered complications of childbirth as a result of negligence, childbirth injuries to mother such as torn uterus during delivery, dislocated coccyx after childbirth and common injuries during pregnancy all caused by medical malpractice. We have also filed and won a retained placenta malpractice lawsuit as well as trauma compensation for women who suffered negligent traumatic birth.
We understand how difficult such a time must be for you and so we do our very best to make the claims process free and smooth for you such that it doesn’t add another layer of worry or burden to you. We have specialist female lawyers should you wish to rather talk to a fellow woman. Our lawyers are friendly, good listeners, dedicated and very professional in the discharge of their duties.
Furthermore, we have the required accreditations with the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence panel and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) panel. You can therefore be rest assured that you are dealing with some of the best medical negligence lawyers in the UK.
What is more, our consultation sessions are free and of course confidential. We also undertake your case under our No win, no fee policy meaning that you do not have to worry about financial risks or legal fees before making your claims. even if the case was unsuccessful in the end, you are protected from any financial losses. Only at the end of a successful claim shall we deduct no more than 25% of your settlement payout as “success fee”.
What Are Common Childbirth Injuries To Mother?
There are common injuries a mother can experience after a childbirth. These include:
- Incorrect suturing following an episiotomy or a Caesarean section
- Injuries from negligent management of pre-eclampsia or other infections
- 3rd and 4th degree perineal tears
Other birth injuries to mother as a result of negligence include
- Injuries during pregnancy
- Torn uterus during delivery
- Nerve damage after forceps delivery
- Dislocated coccyx after childbirth
- Fractured tailbone after birth
- Retained placenta
- Injuries after forceps or vacuum delivery
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Pudendal nerve damage
- Bladder and bowel injuries caused by Caesarean (C-section) errors.
- Issues with suturing (stitching) and post-natal infections.
- Tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) damage to obturator nerve
- Placental abruption
- Nervous shock from traumatic birth.
- Anaesthetic errors
- Post-Partum Haemorrhage (PPH)
- Uterine rupture
Causes of Birth Injuries To Mother Negligence
The following are medical negligence examples that can cause childbirth injuries to mother and for which you will require a birth injury lawyer to assist you make claims.
- Lack of proper screening of the mother and child during the prenatal period for any conditions that could harm the mother and baby and give the patient the option of terminating the pregnancy.
- Incorrect use of forceps or ventouse during an assisted delivery
- Using an incorrect assisted delivery method; for instance, electing for a C-section instead of forceps
- Failure to manage pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia which puts the mother at risk of further complications
- Failure to monitor mother and child during labour including baby’s heart-rate, position, umbilical cord tangling
- Delay in commencing delivery or delayed caesarean section causing the woman to suffer from a prolonged and unprogressive labor causing her other avoidable complications
- Incorrect administration of anaesthesia
- Unnecessary injuries to other organs while performing a C-Section
- Negligent post-delivery care such as such as poor monitoring or poor infection control
Childbirth Injury Claims We Handle
- Torn Uterus Claims
- Retained Placenta Malpractice Lawsuit
- Birth Injury Compensation Claims
- Forceps Delivery / Ventouse Delivery Claims
- Pre-Eclampsia Claims
- Episiotomy Claims
- Negligent C-Section Claims
- Negligent Stitching Claims
- Placental Abruption Claims
- Gestational Diabetes Claims
Therefore, if you have such claims or other birth complications or birth related injuries claims to make, we are always here to listen to you and help you make your claims.
How To Make Childbirth Injury To Mother Claims?
If you have suffered childbirth trauma as a result of GP negligence, doctor negligence or hospital negligence, you have the legal right to make claims. Even if you are not sure that you have a claim, you can always reach out to you for a no obligation chat as we are always ready to help.
There are four parts of medical negligence that always have to be proven in order to successfully prove a claim. They are
- Duty- Here, you demonstrate that your Obstetrician, GP, Midwife or another healthcare professional owed you a “duty of care”, meaning that they had the responsibility to care for you and give you standard medical attention.
- Deviation- In this case, you establish that despite having the responsibility to care for you, your healthcare provides were negligent and deviated from or breached the duty of care owed you.
- Direct Causation- This is very important as you have to show a direct link between the negligent treatment and the injury, harm, pain, trauma or birth complications you have suffered. Your claims cannot be successful if you do not show that indeed the action or inaction of your healthcare provider is the reason for your suffering and not any other underlying medical condition.
- Damages- Additionally, other forms of damage or losses you have incurred as a result of your injury have to be shown. This could be emotional damage, financial damages or otherwise.
Also, there are documents and relevant information we will need to support your claims and successfully defend you. These include the following-
- Comprehensive statements of all that happened, appointment dates, delivery date, medical professionals who attended to you and every other vital information
- Medical history or records from the hospital
- Results of tests or scans
- Statements from witnesses (family members or friends)
- Proof of financial losses including out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of your injury
- Photographs or images showing the severity of harm
We will also instruct an independent medical expert to make a report of the true state of your health after conducting the required medical examinations.
Please be aware that you would normally be allowed only three years after medical negligence has been discovered to make a claim. Although there are a few exceptions especially where the individual has been medical and legal certified unfit to make claims. In these cases, a loved one (litigation friend) can bring claims on behalf of the negligence victim.
How Much Compensation Can I Get For My Claims?
Because maternal injuries suffered as a result of childbirth negligence are of different severities, it is not easy to say exactly how much you can get for your claims. However, there are certain factors that play key roles in determining your settlement payout. They are:
- Type of injury suffered
- Severity of the injury
- Impact of the injury of the wellbeing of the sufferer
- Financial losses incurred including estimated future losses
- Future prognosis (or estimated time for recovery)
- Travel expenses for medical appointments
- Costs of further medical treatment, rehab and therapy
- Cost of special equipment as may be required
- Cost of hiring caregivers to help out with the baby
- Home adjustments to suit the condition of the mother and baby
Childbirth injuries to mother and even the baby can be traumatic having a lasting impact on the sufferer and family as well. We do understand this fact and we are willing to share in your pain and bear your burden. Therefore, reach out to us by filling out our free online enquiry form and one of our NHS negligence solicitors will get in touch with you to schedule an appointment and discuss your claims at your own convenience and even at the comfort of your home.