Birth injury solicitors

With over 25 years specialist experience of birth injury cases and the wider issues which affect families following birth injury we are acknowledged as a nationwide leading team of claimant birth injury solicitors.

In the past twelve months we have recovered over £50 million in compensation for our clients who have suffered brain injury as a consequence of failings during pregnancy, labour, delivery and in the neonatal period. We also secured what is thought to be the highest ever settlement for a client who suffered a brachial plexus injury (Erb’s palsy), a settlement of £1.4 million.

We also ensure that you receive the highest award possible to help provide for the rehabilitation, care, support, therapy and education that a child with birth injury needs.

 

Admission of liability for young girl with severe dyskinetic cerebral palsy

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Admission of liability for young boy with kernicterus related brain damage

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NHS hospital's admission of liability for a boy's brain damage following uterine rupture

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Admission of liability for 8 year old with quadriplegic cerebral palsy

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Types of birth injury

Our specialist birth injury negligence claim solicitors have helped hundreds of children and families claim compensation following a birth injury caused by medical negligence. Some of the types of injuries are set out below

Stillbirth and neonatal death

Severe perinatal asphyxia causes brain damage and eventually death. A healthy fetus is able to survive between 10 and 15 minutes acute lack of oxygen before irreversible brain damage occurs and after 20 to 25 minutes of acute lack of oxygen will die.

Cerebral Palsy

Each year in the UK over 200 children suffer birth asphyxia resulting in cerebral palsy. Injury generally occurs during labour and claims are successful when negligent failings in obstetric and midwifery care are identified such that earlier delivery should have been achieved at a time before irreversible injury had been sustained. Failures in the management of pregnancy and decisions to delay labour or not to deliver by elective caesarean section and failures to properly discuss the risks of prolonging pregnancy and labour are also often the basis for successful compensation claims. Failures in resuscitation and neonatal management leading to brain injury are also often the basis for successful birth injury compensation claims.

Brachial Plexus Injuries (BPI)

Sometimes referred to as Erb's Palsy, this birth injury involves damage to the group of nerves that run from the upper spine to the neck, shoulder, arm, and hand. Damage to these nerves can range anywhere from mild and temporary to severe and permanent. A Brachial Plexus Injury, or BPI, is often caused as a result of shoulder dystocia, where the baby's shoulder becomes wedged behind the pelvic girdle making delivery more difficult. The failure to safely dislodge the shoulder without using excessive traction leads to nerve damage. We argue that with proper care delivery should have been achieved without damage to the brachial plexus nerves. Cases are often defended using the argument that nerve injury would have happened even with the best possible obstetric care and this is the issue which is litigated.

Although many brachial plexus injuries resolve over time and with physiotherapy severe injuries cause life long problems.  In 2017 we secured what is thought to be the largest negotiated financial settlement for a client with Erb’s palsy of £1.4 million.

Cranial nerve injury

A cranial nerve injury can result from hyperextension, traction and overstretching. Neurapraxia (temporary loss of motor and sensory function due to blockage of nerve conduction) can resolve within a number of weeks, but a complete nerve or cord transection is a much more serious injury.

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a dislocation of the leg from the pelvis. There is sometimes an increased risk of this condition developing if the baby is born in a breech position, and may be seen where there is a family history of the problem.

A claim can be brought in respect of this condition where there is a delay in diagnosing and treating this condition. It is sometimes missed at the time the child is discharged from hospital, or may be missed at later follow up appointments with a health visitor of GP. A missed diagnosis can mean that more extensive surgery is required to correct the problem, resulting in a long period of recovery, and in certain circumstances, permanent problems. If a timely diagnosis is made, often the problem can be resolved with the child being placed in a splint.

Intracranial haemorrhage/Subarachnoid haemorrhage

This injury happens when a blood vessel within the skull ruptures or leaks.  An intracranial or subarachnoid haemorrhage can cause a build up of pressure which can crush delicate brain structures. Urgent neurosurgical treatment is required to relieve the pressure in the skull.

Subconjunctival haemorrhage

This birth injury is the bursting of a blood vessel in the eye, creating a bright red area on the eye. Again, a subconjunctival haemorrhage is usually caused by variations in pressure during birth and clears up on its own.

Facial paralysis

With this type of birth injury, the facial nerve is damaged either temporarily or permanently. Certain presenting symptoms of facial paralysis involve lack of control over facial muscles, which is usually noticeable when the infant cries. Usually this birth injury dissipates on its own over time.

Spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries injuries can be due to traumatic nerve/cord damage or meningeal tear or the use of forceps. This can cause paralysis and neurological problems.

Skull and Bone Fractures

A difficult delivery or failures in technique can cause skull and/or bone fracture in newborns. 

I am overwhelmed by the outcome in terms of the monetary value and know I should consider it as a near a 'sorry' as I am likely to get from the hospital. It will be nice to start the process of closure on the whole issue now and look towards the future for us as a family. 

Mrs T, Surrey 

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