In childbirth, both the safety of the mother and the baby are at stake. Fortunately, modern medicine means that giving birth is much safer than it used to be. However, sometimes, in cases where severe mistakes are made, the baby can suffer childbirth brain injuries. In fact, when babies suffer trauma to their heads at this early stage in their development, the effects can last for the rest of their lives.
Where the long-lasting implications of a brain injury have been caused by medical negligence, victims may be able to claim compensation.
As specialist injury lawyers, we understand the injustice that you may feel if your child’s life has been vastly altered due to medical mistakes. We believe that you have every right to feel this way, which is why we will support you every step of the way to make sure you receive the legal support that you and your loved ones deserve.
The implications of childbirth brain injuries
The consequences of childbirth brain injuries can vary from person to person, but they can often result in life-long conditions. For example, the trauma could cause varying degrees of paralysis, it may affect memory function, or it could leave a child with physical or learning disabilities.
Raising a child with a brain injury can involve considerable expense, whether they need round-the-clock care, specialist equipment, or need to travel long distances for vital treatment. Moreover, the emotional strain can be difficult for the parents and the child. Because the conditions caused by childbirth brain injuries can mean there is a need for long-term or lifelong management, compensation can often account for the day-to-day costs of living with such conditions.
Claiming compensation for brain injuries sustained in childbirth
In a medical negligence claim, the compensation is usually split into two categories: General Damages, which compensates for the injury itself, and Special Damages, which accounts for the financial losses and expenses caused. The Judicial College guidelines allow us to estimate the potential General Damages sum, which is calculated based on the severity of the injury.
The compensation amounts generally vary according to the degree of physical and mental function the injured person has. To assess this, we engage the assistance of medical specialists, who produce medico-legal reports to help us value the claim.
It is important to highlight that, in cases where the costs of managing the conditions are significant and ongoing, the Special Damages compensation amount can be considerable. Some compensation settlements for childbirth brain injuries can reach millions of pounds. A great deal of the compensation amount can be apportioned to ongoing losses and expenses.
Start your claim
If your child has suffered a childbirth brain injury, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice on the potential claim. If medical negligence brought about the injury, the injured victim may be entitled to significant compensation for the harm caused.
As experts in personal injury claims, we have the legal know-how to win you the compensation you deserve, making sure the claim is stress-free for you. We can offer free, no-obligation advice to anyone considering a compensation claim, so do not hesitate to contact us if you think you may have a claim to make.
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