When Sarah experienced pain three days before her due date, she went into hospital. The situation quickly escalated into an emergency. A registrar managed to deliver the baby up to the shoulders but it took more than fifty more minutes for the baby’s head to be delivered. The delay between the baby’s torso and head delivery meant that a fatally low level of oxygen was allowed to the baby’s brain, and it could not survive.
Sarah approached our birth injury claims specialists for help with securing damages for suffering and loss, as a result of the negligent care they received.
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Understanding Sarah’s Claim
When Sarah went into hospital she was examined, to try to discover whether the position of the baby was contributing to the pain. Only on the third attempt, with a different nurse, was the baby’s position discovered to be breach. In attempting to ascertain the baby’s position, the midwife deliberately broke Sarah’s waters, without informing her of the risks of doing so.
The situation quickly escalated into an emergency. A registrar managed to deliver the baby, over the next half an hour, up to the shoulders. It was only at this point that the delivery team called for a consultant.
Finally, the baby’s head was delivered, more than fifty minutes later. There were no signs of life so the birthing team attempted resuscitation for eighteen minutes. They were not successful.
The delay between the baby’s torso delivery and the head being delivered meant that the baby’s brain received a fatally low level of oxygen. It could not survive.
The hospital investigation found that strict procedures should have been followed, once the team recognised that it was not going to be an ordinary birth. Had this been the case, they stated, Sarah’s baby would have survived.
Medical Accident Group secured damages for the parents for suffering and loss as a result of the negligent care they received.
Medical Accident Group’s Birth Injury Specialists Explain:
“We not only helped Sarah and her partner get everything they deserved, financially, but we were able to highlight ways in which standards of care could be improved, as well as providing them with support, all the way through the process.”
Sarah Explains The Support Provided By Medical Accident Group
“We went to Medical Accident Group after we experienced this traumatic and tragic birth injury. We were given free initial advice on exactly what we needed to do, and provided with a home visit to assess our needs. Medical Accident Group made it possible for us to seek justice and to try to prevent similar procedural failure in the future.”
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.
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.