Problems during Pregnancy and Mistakes at Birth

Problems during Pregnancy and Mistakes at Birth

A boy was starved of oxygen at birth and is now unable to walk, has limited mobility, learning difficulties and needs 24-hour care. All because of mistakes made during his mother’s pregnancy and delivery.

The boy and his family have now been awarded over £6million compensation as the mistakes made should never have happened.

During the pregnancy, his mother suffered from a ruptured placenta and his heart rate began to fluctuate. Medical staff failed to respond appropriately which led to further mistakes being made at his birth.

The mistakes and the starvation of oxygen at birth led to him being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when he was only a few days old.

Thankfully the majority of pregnancies and births happen without any problems at all; however if any mistakes occur, they are potentially the longest lasting type of clinical or medical negligence. The child grows up with life limiting complications and is often dependent on round the clock care for most, if not all of their life.

Medical professionals should be able to spot potential problems during pregnancy and proper monitoring can ensure that babies are delivered promptly before any damage might arise.

Key areas in which mistakes are made include:

  • Ante-natal errors - Despite highly advanced scans, medical professionals can miss serious problems. Errors made at this stage can have huge consequences including major unexpected conditions in the baby.
  • Errors during birth - The health of the unborn child can be monitored and its heart rate assessed to check it is not in distress. Proper monitoring enables potential problems to be spotted early so that delivery can be expedited. Delay in delivery can sometimes lead to cerebral palsy due to perinatal asphyxia (starvation of oxygen) or other significant injuries like brachial palsy (Erb's Palsy).

If you or your child has suffered due to mistakes during pregnancy or birth please get in touch with our expert team of Clinical Negligence Lawyers.

Claims Direct specialise in dealing with Clinical and Medical Negligence claims on a No Win No Fee basis.

For a free consultation call Claims Direct on freephone 0800 884 0321 or start your claim online and we will review your claim at no cost to you.