What is difficult birth medical negligence?
Difficult birth medical negligence is less common today than in previous years thanks to improved training and better medical facilities. Midwives and obstetricians are usually highly attentive and can take action to prevent problems from causing harm to either mother or baby. However childbirth is not always straightforward and there may be complications during delivery, such as if a baby is particularly large, or the birth canal is too narrow. C-Section deliveries are often called for to prevent a difficult birth when there is a risk to the child or mother.
Difficult birth medical negligence is when the attending doctor, nurses or hospital staff have been negligent in their duty of care to a patient, have failed to spot problems which have resulted in harm to the baby or mother, or have not been quick enough to react to prevent birth injuries from occurring. When a forceps delivery is required, incorrect use of the forceps or the use of excessive force can leave a baby permanently scarred, or even with brain damages. Vaginal tears which have been incorrectly sutured, or a ruptured placenta, can cause haemorrhaging and considerable pain and suffering to the mother.
Difficult birth medical negligence often leads to injuries to the newborn child when decisions are not taken promptly, or when there have been mistakes made by a midwife or obstetrician. There is a 0.5% chance of shoulder dystocia during birth according to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Shoulder dystocia is where the baby’s shoulder gets trapped by the mother´s pelvis, which can lead to compression of the umbilical cord and restriction of oxygen supply to the brain – resulting in cerebral palsy and permanent brain damage. When this has occurred, and could have been prevented, and the inattentiveness of attending doctors and midwife staff have contributed to the condition, it is considered to be difficult birth medical negligence and a claim for compensation can often be made.
The brachial plexus is a network of nerves used to move the muscles from the shoulders to the fingers, and damage to this cluster of nerves such as during a forceful forceps extraction causes Erb’s palsy, which results in temporary or even permanent disability with the affected arm unable to be moved. Erb’s palsy is often the reason for a difficult birth medical negligence compensation claim, as greater care could have been taken my medical staff during delivery.
When health problems are caused by negligent medical staff to a mother or baby during or after a difficult birth, which could have been prevented by a competent doctor, obstetrician or midwife, it is possible to claim difficult birth medical negligence compensation and a medical negligence solicitor should be contacted for advice.