Childbirth Injury Solicitors
Having a child is a time of excitement, anticipation and anxiety. During pregnancy and childbirth, women are vulnerable and, thankfully, the majority of women in Ireland receive excellent care from their medical team.
Unfortunately, there are occasions when mistakes are made, which can have a devastating impact, potentially putting the lives and long-term health of mothers and their newborn children at risk.
If your family has been impacted by a childbirth injury as a result of medical negligence, Gibson & Associates LLP are here to help.
Call us on +353 1 264 5555 to speak to a member of our team.
How do childbirth injuries occur?
During pregnancy, a woman’s obstetric team must closely watch her to ensure any problems are diagnosed and managed properly. This high level of care must continue through to birth to ensure any issues are dealt with quickly and effectively.
Prompt decisions must be made if there are signs of distress or danger during the childbirth, including reverting to a C-section or attempting an assisted delivery. If procedures such as these occur, the mother must undergo a thorough examination to ensure any injuries are identified and repaired.
However, this standard of care is not always provided to women while giving birth, causing them to suffer unnecessary complications that could otherwise have been avoided. This will amount to medical negligence and a claim may ensue.
Our experienced childbirth injury solicitors are here to listen to you and seek justice on your behalf. We understand that no amount of money can repay you or your family when things go wrong; however, birth injury claims can assist in recouping essential funds that you may be owed for the care, therapy or specialist aids and equipment you or your child may need.
We have years of experience providing legal counsel and support for families affected by birth injuries from across Ireland. We can provide you with clear, pragmatic advice on how to make a claim*, guiding you through every step of the process to help you achieve the best outcome possible.
We know how stressful your circumstances can be, and will always strive to provide a personalised, compassionate service.Don’t settle for less – talk to us about securing the best outcome for your personal injury.
What are the most common types of childbirth injury?
There are numerous reasons why the mother or child might be injured as a result of medical complications that are mishandled by the clinical team. Common causes include:
- Internal organ damage during a C-section
- Missed third and fourth-degree perineal tears
- Placental abruption
- Poorly repaired episiotomies
These can lead to a number of negative outcomes for the child, such as:
- Birth asphyxia
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Brain bleeds
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Hip dysplasia
- Injuries from a ventouse or forceps delivery
- Shoulder dystocia
- Poorly-managed gestational diabetes
Additionally, medical negligence during the birthing process can also lead to negative health consequences for the mother, including:
- Postnatal depression or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postpartum haemorrhaging
- Uterine ruptures or prolapses
- Vaginal tears
If a mother or newborn child is consequently left with long-term or permanent problems due to the negligence of the family’s medical team, you will be in a position to make a claim.
Our team is here to help you no matter where in Ireland you’re based.