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.
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 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, 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.
Lanyon Bowdler won the Clinical Negligence Team of the Year title at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards in Manchester, beating off competition from across the UK.
Kay Kelly, head of the team said: “This is absolutely wonderful news and is a fitting tribute to the expertise and dedication of our clinical negligence lawyers.
“Clinical negligence is a particularly sensitive area of law which makes a tremendous difference to people’s lives. A successful claim can be vital for the person’s recovery and future quality of life, so to be recognised as being the best team in the country for our work means a great deal.”
The team is both proud and delighted to have won this award. The winning video submission can be viewed below.
You can view the highlights from The Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards 2018 here.
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 birth injury and medical negligence lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of filing a compensation claim.
If you think you or a family member has been treated negligently by a hospital or a medical professional during pregnancy or childbirth, which has resulted in injuries to the child or mother, then it is likely you are entitled to make a Medical Negligence Claim. Give us a call or complete our online enquiry form, to see how our team can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. There is no obligation you or any charges for our initial assessment.
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