Most pregnancies result in healthy births, but in a minority of cases, things can go wrong. If harm occurred to the mother or the child as a result of medical negligence, it may be possible to claim for compensation.
Gestational diabetes Some women develop diabetes during pregnancy (often termed gestational diabetes). The healthcare professionals responsible for monitoring your pregnancy should be able to spot the symptoms and implement treatment accordingly. Failure to do this can result in birth defects or even miscarriage. Pre eclampsia It is vital that your healthcare professional take regular blood and urine samples during your pregnancy as this is an important way to establish an early diagnosis of a potentially very serious condition known as pre eclampsia. This condition must be very carefully managed in order to avoid harm to the mother and baby. Failure to diagnose or treat this condition may result in a medical negligence claim.
Cerebral Palsy Cerebral Palsy is a condition in which damage is caused to the baby's brain when it is starved of oxygen for too long in the birth canal.
During labour, some tearing to the opening of the mother's vagina can occur. There are a number of causes which contribute to this, but more severe tears (classified as second or third degree tears) can be due to clinical negligence and compensation can be sought. Forceps or ventouse delivery Sometimes, during labour, the baby can become stressed whilst in the birth canal and must be delivered quickly. In such cases, the medical staff responsible for your care must choose between a forceps or ventouse delivery. They will be trained to take various factors into account to decide on the most appropriate course of action. Failure to act accordingly can result in harm to the baby and mother.
Congenital hip dysplasia Although this condition is believed to be genetic, it is possible to screen babies for this disease during pregnancy. If Congenital Hip Dysplasia is not diagnosed and treated early, it can mean that the baby encounters considerable problems later in life and may need extensive invasive surgeries to rectify the problem. If it can be proven that the healthcare professionals responsible for monitoring your pregnancy failed to diagnose/treat the condition, you may be eligible for a claim.
It is only possible to make a claim if clinical negligence can be ascertained. It must be provable that medical staff responsible for your care were negligent and that their negligence directly resulted in harm to you or your baby. To find out more about how Cute Injury can help, get in touch today...