Medical Negligence

Birth Injury Negligence Compensation

If a medical professional makes an error during your pregnancy or the birth of your child, it could have serious consequences - both for the life of your child and your own life.

It is important to have a team of experienced solicitors on your side during what is a traumatic and difficult time, and the specialists at Lanyon Bowdler have dealt with a huge variety of cases in recent years.

If you or your child was injured during pregnancy or childbirth, we can help make sure you receive the compensation, closure and financial support you deserve.

Cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia and brachial plexus injury (also known as Erb’s palsy) are among the most frequent types of birth trauma and injuries our clinical negligence specialists deal with. Read on for more information about each of them.

CEREBRAL PALSY COMPENSATION CLAIM

The most common cause of cerebral palsy is a lack of oxygen during birth, which causes progressive and irreversible brain damage. This can unfortunately happen due to clinical negligence, if the hospital fails to make a timely intervention in labour or makes another error resulting in a failure to provide a suitable standard of care.

There are different forms of cerebral palsy which affect a baby’s movement with differing levels of severity, and each can cause cognitive and physical impairment. There are three broad categories: spastic, athetoid and ataxic cerebral palsy.

A lot of medical care will be required by a baby suffering from cerebral palsy, so it is important to be aware of the legal options available, by contacting our cerebral palsy solicitors, if you think you might be entitled to compensation.

SHOULDER DYSTOCIA CLAIM

Shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby’s shoulder becomes trapped behind the mother’s pelvic bone during pregnancy. The common risk factors include maternal diabetes, a suspected large baby and a family history of shoulder dystocia.

The condition can result in shoulder paralysis (which could be permanent), a strain of the nerves running through the neck, or a broken bone or clavicle.

Sadly, some shoulder dystocia cases are due to clinical negligence and can be avoided. You could be entitled to make a birth injury compensation claim if there is any evidence of a lack of medical skill or care in your case.

BRACHIAL PLEXUS INJURY/ERB’S PALSY COMPENSATION CLAIM

Brachial plexus injury, or Erb’s palsy as it also known, often arises due to shoulder dystocia. The brachial plexus is a series of nerves which link the spine to the shoulder, arm and hand, and damage to those nerves during birth can result in a brachial plexus birth injury.

Symptoms can include a lack of muscle control in the arm, hand or wrist, a lack of feeling in the arm or hand, or even a paralysed arm. A brachial plexus injury can be temporary but is often permanent.

Many injuries happen at birth when the baby's shoulders have become impacted and the brachial plexus nerves are stretched or torn.

If medical professionals failed to reduce the risk of a potential birth injury, it can be a case of medical negligence.

CONTACT LANYON BOWDLER SOLICITORS

At Lanyon Bowdler, we take pride in being a friendly and approachable law firm, so please get in touch if you have been affected by a birth injury. Our team of specialist clinical negligence and birth injury solicitors will be happy to talk you through the process of filing a compensation claim.

Give us a call on 0800 464 0086 or complete our online enquiry form, to see how we can help. We have offices in Telford, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Ludlow, Bromyard and Hereford so are able to act for clients all over Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales and across the Midlands.