Claim for brain injuries caused at birth

One of the most serious birth injuries a baby can suffer is brain trauma as it can affect their ability to develop and grow and may impact their whole life. Brain injuries are more prevalent during assisted births, and in such cases could be the result of negligence on the part of the doctor or midwife.

If you are concerned that medical staff did not act responsibly during the birth of your child and you suspect medical negligence may have been directly responsible for your child’s brain injury, contact the experienced team at YouClaim. Call us today on 0800 10 757 95 and we will discuss your options for making a claim.   

Brain injury and clinical negligence

Birth injury brain trauma can be caused by hypoxia and ischemia - decreased oxygen and blood flow to a baby's brain.

It could also be the result of an assisted birth (using medical equipment such as forceps). In such cases, and whilst under the care of medical professionals, it is expected that they will pick up on any issues with your child and will be experienced in using medical devices. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and it may have been that your child’s brain injuries were avoidable.

In such cases, compensation can be sought from the health professionals or hospitals responsible and can help you financially whilst caring for your child over the long term.

The most common causes of brain injury sustained during labour are: 

  • Caput succedaneum – swelling formed under the scalp;
  • cephalohaematoma – bleeding between the skull and the membrane underneath the skin;
  • subgaleal haemorrhage – bleeding into the space between the skull and the scalp;
  • subdural haemorrhage – bleeding in the layers which cover the brain;
  • subarachnoid haemorrhage – bleeding in membrane which surrounds the brain;
  • epidural haemorrhage – collection of blood between the membrane covering the brain and the spine, and the skull.

If you suffered one of these or a similar incident during child birth it is advised to speak to a solicitor experienced in clinical negligence claims.

Contact YouClaim

Our solicitors are experts in medical negligence and have worked with many mothers who have suffered traumatic births to get them and their family the compensation they deserve.

To discuss your circumstances with a solicitor, or to start the claim process, call us today on 0800 10 757 95 or complete an online contact form.