Our Services

Obstetrics

Overview

Obstetrics is the area of medical care which relates to pre childbirth, childbirth itself and postnatal care. An obstetric case involving negligence which affects a foetus or a newborn can have catastrophic consequences affecting the lives of both the baby and their family.

What is obstetric negligence

Obstetric negligence at the time of birth can result in a baby being born with various disabilities including cerebral palsy and a variety of other disabilities such as Erb’s palsy, serious infections, limb fractures and lacerations following episiotomy.

Where there is an injury to the mother at the time of delivery because of negligent treatment, we can also bring a claim.

The consequences of obstetric negligence

Claims where there is negligence at birth are deemed to be the most expensive claims against the NHS. If the baby is left with cerebral palsy he or she may require care for the rest of their life and may also require aids and equipment. The parents may not be able to work and the family will need a lot of compensation to help them make ends meet.

Our experience

We are highly experienced in obstetrics cases and can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Examples of obstetric cases we have dealt with

The type of claims that we have dealt with here at Barlow Robbins have involved:-

  • Bladder laceration during a caesarean section
  • Significant perineal tears during delivery which may have been overlooked and/or not repaired properly and as a result, the mother is left with incontinence of either bladder or bowel or both.
  • Failure to recognise the signs of cord prolapse during delivery
  • Negligent technique causing trauma to the mother or baby during forceps or ventouse delivery
  • Misinterpretation of the Cardiotocograph (CTG) reading (designed to tell the doctors and midwives if the baby is in distress)
  • Damage to the mother’s rectum and/or vagina during delivery through negligence.
  • The delay in recognising sepsis which may have significant and/or catastrophic consequences for the mother or baby.
  • A delay or failure to recognise symptoms of pre-eclampsia or eclampsia which may have significant and/or catastrophic consequences for the mother
  • Failure to treat severe asthma in pregnancy properly
  • Negligent failure to manage the birth of twins
  • Failure to avoid severe blood loss following caesarean section
  • Failure to diagnose and treat an ectopic pregnancy
  • Neonatal death