Birth Injury Compensation Claims
Birth injuries can be devastating for both parents and children, and can often have lifelong consequences. Unfortunately, some birth injuries are caused by medical negligence, which occurs when a healthcare provider fails to provide an acceptable level of care during pregnancy, labour, or delivery. In such cases, families may be entitled to make a birth injury claim for compensation.
At Ellisons Solicitors, we understand the emotional and financial impact that birth injuries can have on both the injured child and their family. That’s why our Medical Negligence team are dedicated to helping parents and children who have suffered harm as a result of negligence.
Types of birth injuries caused by medical negligence
There are several types of birth injuries that can be caused by medical negligence, including:
- Cerebral palsy – this is a neurological disorder that affects movement, coordination, and speech, and can be caused by brain damage during birth.
- Brachial plexus injuries – these are injuries to the group of nerves that control the movement of the arms and hands, and can be caused by trauma during birth. Erb’s palsy is an example of a brachial plexus injury.
- Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) – this is a type of brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain during birth.
Making a birth injury claim
To make a claim for a birth injury, you will need to prove that the medical professional responsible for your care failed to provide an acceptable level of care, and that this directly caused your child’s injury. Whilst sometimes the hospital may sometimes admit the care they provided was not adequate, establishing negligence can often be a complex process, which is why it’s important to seek legal advice from a specialist medical negligence solicitor.
At Ellisons Solicitors, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and assess whether you have a valid claim. If we believe you have a strong case, we can work on a no win, no fee basis, which means you won’t have to pay any legal fees unless we successfully secure compensation for you.