Compensation secured for victim of faulty medical equipment

  • September 23, 2014
  • Irena was pregnant with her second child and, after a routine pregnancy, with little complication, went to hospital when her waters broke close to her due date. Unfortunately the lack of leverage on the medical equipment meant that her hip was twisting badly during labour. She was left with permanent pain in her hip, and the inability to complete simple daily tasks.

    Irena approached birth injury claims specialist Inez Brown for help with securing damages for suffering and to help rebuild her life so that she can continue to look after her children.

    Have you suffered as a result of a birth injury? We can help you.

    Understanding Irena’s Claim

    When Irena arrived at hospital she was soon attended to by the midwife and the birth team. After inspecting the position of the baby, it was decided she would have an episiotomy. This is where the perineal wall receives an incision to allow for a more comfortable birth.

    Following a successful first stage labour, the stirrups on the bed were used to perform the episiotomy, and to continue the delivery of the child.

    Irena noticed how uncomfortable the stirrups were and that her weight was shifting around in position on the bed. The lack of leverage on the medical equipment meant that her hip was twisting badly during labour.

    Irena mentioned this, at the time, to the medical staff, but they ignored requests to help her, or allow her to change position.

    The local anaesthetic given to her, to perform the episiotomy, had dulled her senses around her hip. It was only the next morning that she noticed sharp aching pains around her pelvis. She thought this was just because of the birth and ignored it as best she could.

    Two weeks later, after the pain had not subsided, she went back to the hospital where a doctor assessed her. They referred her to a specialist who could perform surgery on correcting the injury caused during birth.

    One year on, Irena still hadn’t received treatment.

    Birth Injury Specialist, Inez Brown Explains:

    “It was only after going through the NHS complaints procedure that the corrective surgery was finally carried out.

    “Irena was struggling to give her children the care they needed, and couldn’t even walk for longer than five minutes without severe pain.

    “She came to Medical Accident Group after the gynaecological injury and we supported her with free initial advice on exactly what she needed to do, as well as providing a home visit to assess her needs as the client.”

    Irena Explains The Support Provided By Medical Accident Group

    “Inez and her team helped me get everything I deserved, financially, as a result of my birth injury and subsequent delay in treatment. I’ve regained 80% use of my hip, but still struggle with some tasks, but the compensation has allowed for the purchase of a mobility scooter. It’s made it much easier to care for my children and to start to rebuild my life.”

    If you have suffered from a birth injury our experts can help you with your claim – call us on 0800 050 1668 or start your claim online now.

    More Information About Birth Injury Claims

    Medical Accident Group includes some of the UK’s leading medical negligence experts, specialising in birth injury claims.

    Read more about our birth injury claims expertise.

    If you have suffered from poor treatment during your pregnancy, during the birth or in the days after your baby was born, we can help you to make a claim and make sure that you have what you need for your family’s future. We’d like to help you – call us on 0800 050 1668 or start your claim online now.

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