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Home > News > Mother suffers serious injuries during the birth of her first child

11th March 2013

Mother suffers serious injuries during the birth of her first child

When what should have been an incredibly joyful time in her life went drastically wrong, our client asked for our medical negligence legal advice in bringing a claim for compensation against the hospital that had caused her such pain and distress.

Our specialist medical negligence lawyers negotiated fiercely with the NHS Trust and after advising our client to reject initial derisory offers, were able to secure a five figure sum in compensation.

Lengthy labour with restricted movement

During an induced labour which lasted over 24 hours, our client had been confined to bed for almost the entire time, only being allowed up for two very brief periods to visit the bathroom and to change rooms. There had been concern about the condition of the baby and she was limited in her independent movement whilst attached to monitoring equipment. However, she was frequently moved up and around the bed, often dragged into positions which allowed medical staff to examine both her and the baby.

After several hours, our client was given an epidural which further restricted her movement. Both before and after her baby’s delivery, our client lost excessive amounts of blood and fluids, leaving her weak and unable to move independently. She was forced to remain in this uncomfortable condition for several hours after the birth, until a nurse eventually came to help her change.

Developed pressure ulcers

When she was eventually allowed to take a bath some hours after the birth, assisted by her husband, they realised that she had suffered a significant injury to her bottom. As a result of the length of time she had been unable to move she had developed pressure ulcers and her skin had peeled away, leaving the tissue bruised and discoloured, and vulnerable to infection. It was several weeks, and several courses of anti-biotics, before our client was able to begin to carry out even the most basic tasks of caring for her new-born baby and begin to enjoy the pleasure of being a first-time mother.

Thanks to the tremendous support of her family, our client has recovered from this horrific experience, but it has left her permanent scarring, and a fear that the affected area will remain weak and vulnerable. She is also left with terrible memories of what should have been a joyful experience, and concerned that if she were to have more children, she would experience something similar.

Making a claim for medical negligence

Clear Answers’ specialist medical negligence compensation lawyers are waiting to provide you with expert legal advice. We specialise in all types of personal injury compensation claims.

If you or a family member has been injured through no fault of your own, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and to talk you through the claims process in plain English. Alternatively, please complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as quickly as possible.

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