Birth Injury Claims: Guide to Compensation and Concerns

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Birth Injury Claims Solicitors: Guide to Compensation and Concerns

The arrival of a new baby is a moment of unparalleled joy and expectation for any family. However, this joy can quickly turn to despair if the birth process is marred by a birth injury to the baby or the mother, especially when these are the result of medical negligence.

In Ireland, pursuing a birth injury claim can be a complex and daunting task for many families. This comprehensive guide aims to shed light on the types of medical issues associated with birth, common injuries, their causes, and the critical steps involved in making a claim, all within the context of Irish law and practice.

Helen Coughlan

Helen Coughlan
Medical Negligence Solicitor

Helen Coughlan is a partner and advises on medical negligence*, family law and personal injuries*. Helen is a qualified family mediator and collaborative law practitioner and is Chairperson of the Family and Child Law Committee of the Law Society.

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Types of Medical Issues: Birth Injuries vs. Birth Defects

Understanding the distinction between birth injuries and birth defects is crucial for any parent considering a claim. Birth injuries are harm caused to a baby or mother during or shortly after delivery. These injuries often arise from complications during the birthing process and can sometimes be linked to medical negligence.

Whereas, birth defects refer to congenital conditions that affect a baby’s development in the womb and are not typically related to the birth process itself.

Common Causes of Birth Injuries:

Medical negligence during childbirth can arise from a variety of factors, including:

  • Inadequate Monitoring: Failing to properly monitor foetal heart rates can miss distress signals, leading to delayed intervention.
  • Misuse of Birth-Assisting Tools: Incorrect use of forceps or vacuum extractors can cause physical harm to both mother and baby.
  • Poor Decision-Making: Delay in making critical decisions, such as the need for a caesarean section, can lead to preventable injuries.
  • Inadequate Prenatal Care: Failure to diagnose or manage conditions during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes or preeclampsia, can lead to complications during birth.
  • Failure to Respond to Foetal Distress: Timely intervention is crucial when signs of distress are evident. Delays can result in permanent injury or worse.
  • Lack of Informed Consent: Patients must be fully informed about the risks of certain procedures or interventions. Failure to do so can constitute negligence.
  • Lack of Communication: Miscommunication among the medical team can result in critical delays or errors in treatment.


How to Make a Claim: Detailed Steps:

Pursuing a birth injury claim involves several key steps:

  1. Initial Consultation: Engaging a solicitor with expertise in medical negligence is the first step. They will offer initial advice and help determine if you have a viable claim.
  2. Gathering Evidence: This includes obtaining all relevant medical records and documenting any additional expenses or losses related to the injury. Your solicitor may engage medical experts to provide testimony on the standard of care received and the preventability of the injuries.
  3. Medical Assessment: An independent medical expert will need to assess the injuries and determine whether they could have been avoided with proper care.
  4. Notification of Claim: Your solicitor will formally notify the healthcare provider of your intent to claim, outlining the allegations of negligence.
  5. Negotiation and Resolution: Many claims are settled through negotiation before reaching court. However, if a satisfactory settlement cannot be reached, litigation may be necessary.

The journey through a birth injury claim is fraught with emotional and legal challenges. Armed with the right information and support, families can navigate this difficult time with greater confidence and clarity. It’s not just about seeking compensation; it’s about finding a path to healing and ensuring that similar incidents are prevented in the future.

Seeking Justice and Support:

If your family has been impacted by a birth injury, it’s crucial to seek expert legal advice as soon as possible. Our team at Patrick J Farrell Solicitors specialise in medical negligence claims and is committed to supporting families through every step of the process. 

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At Patrick J Farrell & Company Solicitors, we understand the profound impact medical negligence can have on your life. With a legacy founded by Patrick J. Farrell and carried forward by a dedicated team, we have been advocates for justice for over four decades. Our commitment to putting our clients’ interests first, combined with our extensive legal expertise, makes us the ideal partners in your pursuit of justice.

From the moment you walk through our doors to the resolution of your case, you’ll be treated with the utmost courtesy, respect, and understanding. Choose us – where your well-being is our top priority. Reach out to us today and let our experienced solicitors guide you every step of the way.

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