We act on behalf of many mothers and babies who have suffered injury as a result of negligent treatment during labour and/or delivery.
The majority of cases involve the child. These often include injuries such as brain damage resulting in cerebral palsy or injuries to limbs, such as erbs palsy caused by shoulder dystocia.
Birth injuries can lead to permanent disabilities. If you make a claim, it can take many years to settle. This is because medical experts need to be able to assess the final prognosis for your child. These claims are often complex but we will support you during the process. We will do everything we can to get the best possible result for your child.
We have also made successful claims for mothers for internal injuries. These injuries have been caused as a result of a difficult and negligent delivery. Such injuries can also lead to permanent difficulties. We have also succeeded in claims for psychological injuries.
Most birth injury claims involve brain damage which has been caused by a lack of oxygen during labour and delivery. The amount of brain damage a baby suffers varies. It largely depends on the length of time the baby was starved of oxygen and how they respond to treatment following delivery.
Brain damage, such as cerebral palsy, can lead to a variety of symptoms and disabilities. Symptoms include difficulty feeding, inability to communicate through speech, lack of mobility, behavioural problems, developmental delay and epilepsy. Some children may have very physical disabilities but have little cognitive impairment and vice versa. Sadly, in some cases children are found to have very limited cognitive and physical function.
We appreciate that it can be extremely demanding caring for a disabled child, especially if you have other children to look after. Most children who have severe brain damage cannot live independently. They rely on their parents and families or residential care. We recognise that you need expert, consistent support to pursue a claim to limit the demands on your time.
It is vital to your child’s quality of life and progression to have a suitably adapted environment to meet his or her needs. This can include appropriate equipment and a suitably adapted property. One of the aims of compensation is to cover the cost of buying and adapting a suitable home. It also covers the cost of installing appropriate equipment for your child. The compensation will pay for you to employ carers so your family life remains just that.
Where liability has been resolved, by either an admission from the hospital or at Trial, we can obtain an interim payment. This will help you set up aspects of care, accommodation, equipment and treatment as early as possible. We understand how important it is for you to receive an interim payment. It will allow you to provide for your disabled child and ensure he or she has the best quality of life.
Our Team have shared experience of more than 50 years working with families in this situation. This means we really do appreciate the strain it can put on your family. We will do our best to pursue your legal claim with the utmost sensitivity and expertise.
We have a Legal Aid Clinical Negligence franchise. To get the franchise, we had to show the Legal Aid Agency we have the experience to handle these types of claims. The government has changed their guidance on Legal Aid and Clinical Negligence for birth injuries is the only area of law where we can get funding for our clients.