Birth Injuries to Mother Compensation Payouts Awarded

Author:
Kay Barnes
Partner, Medical Negligence Solicitor
Date:
15/05/2020

Our Clinical and Medical Negligence team includes specialist Birth Injury Solicitors who have secured millions of pounds in compensation for birth injuries to mothers and their children. The amounts of compensation awarded in these cases range from £150,000 to £12 million.

Birth Injuries to Mother Case Studies

£2.7 Million Medical Negligence Compensation for Birth Injury

We helped a new mother claim compensation after obstetrics staff didn’t monitor and treat her high blood pressure before giving birth. Their failure led our client suffering a brain haemorrhage, having to undergo an emergency Caesarean section and being left with permanent cognitive impairments.

£150,000 Compensation for Medical Negligence Birth Injury

Our client was giving birth when an emergency situation arose. A junior doctor performed an emergency forceps delivery, but the mother was left with physical and psychological injuries because the procedure was incompetently performed.

Many of the birth injury cases we deal with are funded through a No Win, No Fee agreement.

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Birth Injuries to Children Case Studies

£12 Million Compensation in Medical Negligence Brain Damage Case

We represented the mother of a baby boy who was later diagnosed with hypoglycaemia, epilepsy and sustained brain damage resulting in Cerebral Palsy, due to mistakes made by hospital staff following the delivery.

£3.6 Million Compensation for Medical Negligence Birth Injury

A baby boy was starved of oxygen to the brain during childbirth, as the obstetrics team delivering him didn’t react to his abnormal heart rate. As a result, the child sustained a hypoxic brain injury.

£550,000 Compensation Payout in Childbirth Injury Case

We represented a mother who believed excessive force had been applied during the delivery of her baby, which led to the child suffering a brachial plexus injury and Erb’s Palsy.

Medical Negligence in Child Birth Leads to Cerebral Palsy

A twin was born with Cerebral Palsy, as mistakes during childbirth led to life-changing injuries, a pursuit of justice and a 7-figure award of damages.

Birth Injuries to Mother Can include:

Delay/Obstructed Labour   

This is where the baby is too big to come through the pelvis and cannot be delivered normally, or can be but forceps are required and special manoeuvres adopted to assist delivery. The baby’s head may be impacted. Alternatively, the head may deliver and the shoulders may become stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone. This clinical crisis is known as Shoulder Dystocia.

If vaginal delivery isn’t possible or there are signs of foetal distress with evidence of the baby becoming oxygen deprived, an emergency C-section may be necessary. In cases of shoulder dystocia, the baby is at risk of suffering nerve damage to the brachial plexus, resulting in an Erb’s Palsy injury and paralysis of the affected arm.

If oxygen deprivation is suffered due to a delay in delivery, this can be severe enough to cause brain damage and Cerebral Palsy. Both Cerebral and Erb’s Palsy injuries are catastrophic and require lifelong care and support.

Premature Labour

This is when a baby delivers early and before 37 weeks’ gestation. In extreme prematurity where babies are born before 30 weeks’ gestation, there’s a much higher risk of respiratory problems and the need for a baby to need assistance breathing, resulting in ventilation at birth. . Sometimes premature labour can be halted by administering intravenous drugs which stop the contractions.

Medication can also be delivered which can prepare the premature lungs for delivery to reduce the risk of breathing problems. Premature babies generally require admission to the Neonatal Unit for a period of time.

Bleeding

Bleeding can happen after giving birth or during labour for many reasons, including:

  • Cervical insufficiency when the cervix opens too early
  • Placenta praevia, when the placenta lies too low in the uterus and over the cervix
  • Placental abruption, when the placenta separates from the lining of the uterus
  • Preterm labour
  • Uterine rupture

A severe ante partum haemorrhage (APH) can put the mother at risk at well as the baby and can need an emergency C-section to save both their lives. Severe bleeding after delivery, or post partum Haemorrhage (PPH), can also be life-threatening to the mother.

Retention of Retained products

This isn’t uncommon and occurs when part of the placenta and/or membranes are retained in the uterus following delivery. As a result, the womb can’t contract back properly, leaving a mother at risk of bleeding and infection. In worst cases where there is a delay in diagnosing and treating retained products, surgery may be required.

Perineal Tears

Mothers can suffer perineal tears during delivery of their child. Whilst this isn’t necessarily negligent or generally seen to be an attendant risk of delivery, if a 3rd or 4th degree tear involving the anal sphincter isn’t properly identified and repaired, this can lead to serious problems including faecal incontinence.

Pre-eclampsia

This is where a woman experiences raised blood pressure in pregnancy. In some cases, women require medication, but in extreme cases, a C-section may be necessary to save both mother and baby.

Multiple Pregnancies

Twin pregnancies and other multiple pregnancies can be more hazardous, as they carry an increased risk of premature rupture of the membranes and premature labour. These pregnancies are generally monitored more closely and though normal delivery is possible, a C-section may be necessary.

What Steps are Taken to Prevent Birth Injury?

To prevent and reduce risks of birth injuries, careful measures are taken antenatally and in labour to monitor a baby’s wellbeing, to include:

  • Recording of the foetal heart rate on a CTG monitor
  • Assessment of foetal growth abdominally or by ultrasound scan
  • Taking foetal blood samples in labour to check for levels of possible oxygen deprivation
  • Assessment of maternal wellbeing by checking blood pressure, urine and bloods to ensure readings are normal

If, despite all efforts, a mother or baby suffers an injury, it’s important to get legal advice from a specialist Clinical and Medical Negligence Solicitor. Simpson Millar have a team of highly trained Solicitors and Lawyers who will be able to assist and advise you in bringing a claim.

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