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Midwife Negligence Claims
If you or your baby have suffered injury or illness due to errors made by a midwife, you may be able to make a midwife negligence claim. Midwives perform an extremely valuable yet highly difficult job, and are prone to mistakes in the same way as everyone else. Due to the nature of the role, any errors can have very serious consequences for mother or baby, or both, and it is therefore imperative that compensation can be sought.
Our midwife negligence solicitors handle all such claims with the delicacy they deserve. We are very experienced in helping people through what can be a particularly challenging time, and we are here to help you too. Speak to a member of the team today by calling us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form and we will call you back at a convenient time to discuss your situation.
Midwife Negligence Explained
Midwives provide a very important and, usually, excellent service. However, they are not immune from making mistakes and unfortunately when this does occur, the consequences can be very serious. A midwife error can have long-lasting consequences for the mother and baby that can change their lives forever. Claiming compensation represents a way for those affected by the incident to help get their lives back to how they were prior to it - or at least as close as can be.
The very nature of birth means that certain injuries to either the mother or child may be unavoidable. However, some are caused by human error and can be life-changing in their severity.
Reasons as to why these mistakes are made can vary; it may indeed be down to an individual's mistake, or it could be due to a midwife being overworked, overstressed or struggling to properly look after so many patients. Regardless of where the blame lies, it is important you are able to access compensation to help make up for these avoidable injuries.
Types of Birth Injury
Examples of the types of birth injury that can result from midwife negligence include:
This is an extremely serious condition that is caused by asphyxiation during birth and can occur either when forceps are used incorrectly or if the baby remains in the birth canal for too long. It can lead to serious disabilities and sufferers will likely require care and equipment throughout their lives.
Shoulder dystocia is also referred to as 'stuck shoulders' and can occur if the head of the baby is delivered but the shoulders are too large to easily pass, impacting the mother's pelvis. This can lead to the baby suffering a neck injury that can cause damage to the nerves controlling the shoulder, arm or hand muscles. Shoulder dystocia should be identified in labour and action taken to ensure injury is avoided.
Congenital hip dysplasia is a genetic condition of the hip joint, for which midwives should screen newborn babies and further examine at six month. If a prognosis is not made prior to the baby beginning to walk, this could lead to lifelong complications and may require surgery or additional care and equipment as the baby grows up.
These are just a few examples of the injuries that can be caused by any negligence on the part of a midwife. Other examples include:
- Brain injuries
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Fractured or broken bones
- Birth defects
- Injuries to the mother
Given the seriousness of many of these injuries, it is essential that compensation can be sought to help out with the extra financial burden that these conditions can bring.
Why Choose JMW?
The clinical negligence team at JMW is among the highest regarded in the UK. We are known both for our professional and proactive approach that gets results and for our compassion and understanding for what our clients are going through.
Our team includes members of both the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel, and is headed by leading clinical negligence solicitor Eddie Jones.
We are in your corner and will go the extra mile to ensure your claim is as stress-free as possible.