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Clinical Negligence

We all know that medical practitioners do a marvelous job caring for our health the vast majority of the time, but there are times when the care we receive falls below what we can call an acceptable standard and leads to clinical negligence. Being a victim of clinical negligence can be a devastating experience. Creating unnecessary pain and suffering and destroying the trust we invest in medical practitioners and their duty of care towards us.
In Ireland when a case of clinical negligence results in an injury, or the deterioration of an existing condition, you are entitled to claim compensation. We’re here to help you through that difficult time.

Some things to ask regarding whether you have a clinical negligence claim:

· Did your injury or illness happen within the last 2 years?

· Was the person at fault (or partially at fault) a registered medical practitioner of some sort?

· Have you suffered real loss or damage because of the action of a medical practitioner?

If you think your situation satisfies these criteria then please contact us today to talk to us about your clinical negligence claim.

Compensation Claims
Every year in Ireland over 3 million people are injured in accidents. Some at work or outdoors, many in their cars or even at home and often someone else is at fault. Whether it’s caused by being a negligent employer or a careless driver, you as a victim are entitled to compensation for your injuries. We know Personal injury law is complicated, so we aim to make your claim a straightforward process. Get in touch today for a free initial consultation.
To establish the details of your case, a personal injury specialist will need some details…

The specific details of the incident that caused your personal injury:

· The date it happened

· The location

· Parties involved

· Circumstances


How the accident happened:
Details, including contact details, for any witnesses
A description of your injuries,

· Details of any medical diagnosis and treatment

  • Other things that may be pertinent are:Details of any financial hardship

· Loss of earnings

· Financial expenses


Insurance documents  (such as Household or Motor)

· To check if they will cover all or part of the cost of your claim

· Other documentation that might support your claim. From before your accident in relation to health for example. Or documented evidence of similar previous negligence.


Brachial Plexus and Erb-s Palsy Injuries

Erb’s Palsy is a common birth defect from difficult deliveries. It results from a stretch injury to the brachial plexus (a network of nerves near the neck) which causes limited mobility in the shoulder. This in turn can affect the ability to use the affected arm.
Erb’s Palsy can result from the baby’s shoulder becoming stuck in the mother’s pelvis (shoulder dystocia) during the course of delivery. Erb’s Palsy in particular may occur with large babies, in prolonged labour or in a breach in presentation. It can also happen when force is exerted too quickly to remove the baby from the birth canal.
There are a number of standard and approved manoeuvres which should be taken including applying suprapubic pressure and the McRobert’s position in order to assist delivery of the impacted shoulder.
Brachial plexus injuries i.e. erb’s palsy may often be avoided if midwives and obstetricians recognise where there is a possible case of shoulder dystocia and arrange for a caesarean section.

 

Cerebral Palsy & Birth Injury Claims

Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe a group of long lasting conditions which affect body movement and muscle co-ordination. The disease is caused by damage to one or more parts of the brain. The damage usually occurs in a number of different ways:

  • during the pregnancy
  • during birth
  • shortly after birth
  • during infancy.

Types and Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

Lack of oxygen to the brain during child birth can result in cerebral palsy involving all four limbs known as quadriplegic cerebral palsy, with a generalised rigidity of muscular tone or spasticity. These children also usually have severe learning difficulties, epilepsy and related problems which are permanent and need extensive care. They will often have other special needs and a reduced life expectation.
Spastic Cerebral Palsy is the most common form of cerebral palsy and affects the body’s ability to relax muscles causing rigidity. The control of movement will therefore be poor. The condition will often result from a prolonged partial deprivation of oxygen prior to delivery. Often a child will have severe learning disabilities and a reduced life expectancy. The child will probably have had fits as a new born and the appearance of the injury will be evident on MRI scanning of the brain.
Children who have suffered a short or acute deprivation of oxygen before delivery might acquire disconnected cerebral palsy or athetoid cerebral palsy. People with athetoid cerebral palsy will tend to make unintended movements, sometimes writhing in appearance and will have some lost control over posture. Often such a child would have a severe difficulty (caused by damage to the brain’s basal ganglia, the deep grey matter) but with a preserved intelligence and comprehension. Again damage can be seen on MRI scanning.

Children with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy caused by birth injury might have more subtle symptoms often associated with problems with balance, speech and perhaps shaky hand movements.
Children with Hemiplegia (damage to one side of the brain only) are less likely to have acquired their injury as a result of oxygen starvation at birth although there is a recognised association. with Diplegia (where the injury affects the lower limbs more than the upper or vice versa). This might have resulted if there is clear evidence of the child’s distress prior to and after birth.

The most usual consequence of oxygen starvation before birth is swelling of the brain called hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy. This is a recognised condition with a number of features usually comprised of seizures, disordered muscular tone and on a lesser scale poor feeling and irritability. The condition can cause a cessation of breathing, deep coma and even death.

 

Birth Injury Claims

The birth of a new baby is very special time for a family and especially the parents of the baby. If things go wrong during their pregnancy or at the birth the effects can be devastating. If a mother or baby’s harm is due to medical negligence a claim for personal injury compensation may be possible.
Thankfully the vast majority of pregnancy and births happen without any problems at all. However when something goes wrong it can be very serious. Birth injury means any injury suffered by a mother or her baby. These can be as follows –
During pregnancy:

  • maternal diabetes or gestation diabetes
  • pre-eclampsia
  • uterine rupture and placental abruption
  • wrongful birth cases.

Birth injuries during labour:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Episiotomy
  • second &third degree tears
  • Erb’s palsy or brachial plexus injuries
  • forceps delivery or ventouse delivery.

How to Start a Birth Injury Claim

If you or anyone you know has suffered from any form of birth injury or clinical negligence telephone us now for detailed legal advice. There are strict time limits in place to make personal injury claims. For further information contact us today or visit our website. We are experts on all matters relating to medical negligence and will be able to advise you as to whether or not you not you have a valid claim for compensation.

 

Brain Injury Claims at Birth

Brain injuries occur mainly because of complications that arise during child birth. The doctor in charge may not have used proper medical procedures to assist in the safe delivery of the baby. Brain injuries are one of the most commonest form of damage newborns endure. A brain injury during birth generally happens because of a lack of oxygen to the baby. When this situation arises the attending doctor should be prepared to assist with the delivery in a careful and quick manner. The longer a baby goes without adequate oxygen to his or her brain, the more serious a brain injury he or she will have.
In some instances brain injuries or other form of injuries occur for no apparent reason and no one is to blame for them. However, a number of injuries to newborns are due to medical negligence. Below are a list of proper procedures and conduct obstetricians are supposed to follow during delivery:

  • be prepared for any complications that can occur during child birth, especially with larger babies
  • respond suitably to haemorrhaging
  • act quickly and carefully when an umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck
  • respond in a timely and appropriate manner if foetal distress occurs e.g. an abnormal heart rate
  • use forceps or vacuum extraction equipment properly
  • order a c-section when necessary, without delay
  • administer medication suitably.

 

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Defective Medical Device Claims

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