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Gastro Intestinal Malformations - Negligent Care Claims

Babies can be born with a number of gastro-intestinal malformations. Most are rare and some are very rare. There are known risk factors for some of the malformations and some can be identified by the mid-pregnancy scan.

The discovery of these malformations can be a very distressing and confusing time for the new parents and it is important for you to know that your child has received and continues to receive the best possible care.

It is important that if a new-born has any gastro-intestinal abnormalities that they are recognised quickly and that appropriate treatment is commenced promptly. This requires that the professionals caring for the family are observant and that they listen to any concerns raised by the family.

Abnormalities that are included in this group are:

  • Gastrointestinal tract lumen abnormalities such as Atresia, stenosis and duplication
  • Gastro intestinal Malrotation including volvulus
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Small bowel obstruction
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Anorectal malformations including anal atresia, and imperforate anus
  • Meconium plug syndrome
  • Situs Inversus Viscera
  • Intestinal Aganaglionosis
  • Abdominal Wall Defects
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia

If a baby with a gastro-intestinal tract malformation is injured because of sub-standard medical care (failure to recognise a baby at risk, failure to monitor a baby with a high risk, delays in diagnosis and treatment that lead to a worsened outcome and preventable or more sever disability), then you may be able to claim compensation.

How can a solicitor help?

In this situation a solicitor can help you claim compensation for the injury and this can help you and your family ensure that your child receives the support and care they need in the future.

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