Obstetric Negligence Claims News

ESMiE (Enhancing the Safety of Midwifery-led Births) Enquiry makes recommendations for midwifery-led maternity care

In the UK, healthy women with low-risk pregnancies can choose the setting in which they want to have their baby. Increasing numbers of women are choosing to give birth in midwifery-led maternity settings, such as in an ‘alongside unit’ on the...

Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury (OASI) - severe vaginal tears in childbirth

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) recently announced the roll out of the OASI Care Bundle project to maternity units across the UK. The project aims to lower the number of severe vaginal tears experienced by women in childbirth....

Vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC) - risks of rupture and RCOG recommendations

When a woman who has previously had a caesarean section is advised to have her next baby by vaginal (VBAC) delivery, she may be at risk of uterine rupture. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists or  RCOG guidelines require maternity teams...

Perineal tears in childbirth - do I have a claim?

According to The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), up to 90% of women will suffer a vaginal or perineal tear/graze during childbirth. For most women, although painful at the time, the wounds heal without any long-term problems,...

NHS reports 24 early admissions of negligence for avoidable birth injury cases

The NHS’s defence organisation, NHS Resolution, has reported that for birth injuries occurring during 2017/2018, admissions of negligence were made within months of the birth in 24 cases. According to NHS Resolution, prior to 2017, it took an average...

Cauda Equina Syndrome - After the diagnosis

Every year more than 1,000 cases of cauda equina syndrome (CES) are recorded in spinal centres in the UK. Despite this, there is currently no standard NHS care pathway for people living with the effects of this life-changing condition. What is Cauda Equina...

Poor communication and missed opportunities to obtain informed consent led to wrongful Down's syndrome birth

Boyes Turner have successfully secured judgment on liability for the claimant in the case of Mordel v Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust [2019] EWHC 2591 (QB) The defendant NHS trust was found to have failed to obtain informed consent in this wrongful...

New Group B Strep (GBS) trial may offer hope for reduction in neonatal injury

Group B streptococcus, also known as GBS, is a common infection which is carried by many women. In most cases, for the adult woman, it is harmless. However, when GBS is contracted by a newborn baby, it can quickly overwhelm their undeveloped immune system....

Landmark court ruling: Confirmation that mother of brain-damaged baby is primary victim

YAH v Medway NHS Foundation Trust [2018] Richard Money-Kyrle represented the mother of a 5-year-old girl who was brain damaged at birth, in her own claim for the psychiatric injuries she suffered as a mother to the injured child during and after the...

60 seconds with a medical negligence lawyer

Over the following year we will be sharing a series of question and answer articles about our day-to-day lives in the medical negligence team. This week, it’s Rachel Makore's turn, a solicitor in the team. Rachel qualified in April 2016 and...
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