Serious Injury

Birth Injuries

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Giving birth should be one of the happiest times of your life, however occasionally things can go wrong. Parents, their child, and their families are often going through a traumatic and stressful experience and although birth injury cases can often be complex due to both the medical and legal aspects involved, our team have a wealth of experience and are here to help you throughout the whole process.

A number of injuries can occur during birth many of which are serious, with Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy being the most common. We are experienced in the protocols that need to be followed and the special needs of children with Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy. We can quickly assess a case and ensure assistance is available to the child, and their family, for now, and into the future.

Cerebral Palsy can occur if during the labour process the baby is in distress that it sustains an interrupted oxygen supply to the brain. If this is not quickly and adequately dealt with by medical professionals, lasting brain damage in the form of Cerebral Palsy can unfortunately follow.

If during birth, the baby presents in such a way that delivery of the shoulder is difficult then it is possible Erb’s Palsy can occur. Although situations involving difficult delivery positions of a baby are common, and protocols are set in place for medical staff to follow, if protocols are not followed, this can lead to injury to the shoulder and, dependant on the severity, leave the child with one arm that has reduced function.

Other injuries can arise from a failure of proper care and monitoring in the antenatal and postnatal period, such as failure to identify and treat hydrocephaly (water on the brain) or hip dysplasia.

At Fletchers, our focus is the injured child and family. We have a great deal of experience and an enviable track record when it comes to navigating birth injury claims and working closely with the family obtain a solution which is tailored specifically to needs of each individual child.

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Mark Tempest

Mark Tempest

Head of Medical Negligence Serious Injury

Mark has over 30 years of experience in the legal profession and has specialised in Medical Negligence cases for most of his career. Mark now leads our Medical Negligence Serious Injury department at Fletchers, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.

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