Specialists in Medical Compensation Claims
Birth Injuries To Mothers and Babies – The Hidden Trauma
Birth injuries to mothers are a sensitive subject, and one which is rarely talked about. Nevertheless, official statistics suggest that there is something of a silent epidemic. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists report that over 85% of women will suffer some degree of physical injury during a vaginal birth, with 60-70% of these injuries needing sutures.
The main physical risk is a perineal tear, but the psychological damage shouldn’t be underestimated either. Imagine the trauma of safely delivering a baby only to sustain an injury that requires invasive surgery, and which can leave a new mother with painful problems for years to come. Add to this a sense of shame and embarrassment, and it’s easy to see why many women prefer to suffer in silence.
This distressing state of affairs will only change if the issue is brought out into the open. Shame and embarrassment are made worse by silence. Any new mother who suffers a birth injury needs to realise that they are not alone, and they should always seek medical help. There may also be a case for medical negligence compensation, so new mothers should never be afraid to obtain specialist legal advice. If medical negligence has led to an injury, it needs to be challenged to stop it happening again.
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Claiming compensation from a medical professional requires a particularly high level of skill and experience. Not only does a solicitor involve need to have an excellent understanding of law and procedure, but they also need to understand medical issues – for example in properly interpreting x-rays and other medical records.
And that’s why of over 150,000 qualified solicitors in England and Wales, just 180 or so are accredited by the 2 highly specialist medical negligence panels – run by the solicitors organisation, the Law Society, itself and AVMA (the excellent patient campaigning charity, Action Against Medical Accidents).
And in appointing us as your solicitors us to run your claim, you can rest assured you have such a specialist your side. In Denise Broomfield, we have a highly experienced female medical negligence solicitor, with membership of both Law Society itself and AVMA panels, who specializes in birth injury claims and who will listen to your position with sympathy.