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Birth injuries – Preventable or Mismanaged Infections

When carrying a baby, infection is one of the top things you may be concerned about not only in relation to the health of your unborn child, but also for you as well.

Infections can have very serious consequences, for example, in some cases babies can be born with severe congenital defects and problems affecting sight and hearing, as well as causing brain and heart defects and can in some instances even be fatal.

But what if a doctor or medical professional failed to spot the signs of an infection and failed to treat you accordingly? This is where things can get difficult and if anything happens to you and your baby that could have been prevented you may wish to find out your legal rights and options that are available to you.

Types of infection

Viral infections

Fortunately, you may already be immune to a number of contagious diseases, such as German Measles (Rubella) as a result of routine immunisation during childhood. If you have had chicken pox in the past then you will have developed a lifelong immunity.

If you are concerned that you have been in contact with a condition such as Rubella or that you have a serious viral infection such as HIV, then a simple blood test will show whether you have been infected and you'll be able to decide what action to take.

Bacterial infections

Many women with these infections are asymptomatic. Whilst the infections are not usually serious and are easily treated with antibiotics, if left untreated they can have a serious effect on your fertility.

Untreated infection such as Group B Streptococcus (GBS) may cause sepsis, pneumonia, meningitis, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, severe learning difficulties and occasionally death before, during and after birth.

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) if left untreated dramatically increases the risk of premature rupture of membranes and premature delivery, which is the most common cause of complications and death in newborn babies.

If a urine infection is left untreated then bacteria can travel up to the kidneys causing pyelonephritis which has been associated with low birth weight, premature labour, pre-eclampsia.

An untreated bacterial infection can also cause a late miscarriage.

How a solicitor can help you

A failure to adequately inform you of the possible infections that you could acquire during pregnancy or a failure to diagnose and treat an infection appropriately may result in a number of severe abnormalities, miscarriage or even fatalities which will have far reaching consequences for you and your family.

Our medical negligence team has a strong medical background including many former nurses who are now qualified as solicitors who are able to talk to you about your legal rights and options. We will guide and advise you through the medical claims process, helping you to achieve a financial settlement to ensure you have access to medical and health related services that you and your child need in the future.

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