Pregnancy is a very special time for any mom-to-be and dad-to-be. Plans are made, futures are dreamed about, and the hope is that all goes well and smoothly. Unfortunately, not all birthing stories are positive ones, and some result in trauma and injuries to the baby, the mother, or both. It’s a sad and very scary situation to be involved in, and depending on the injury, there can be life-lasting results.
If you have experienced one of these birthing injuries and you’re feeling confused and unsure of what to do next, the first thing you need to know is that there is help and support. Being aware that it exists and knowing the proper steps to take can make all the difference in the world as far as coping and recovery goes.
What is a Birth Injury?
A birth injury can encompass all kinds of different injuries. Some may be relatively minor and temporary, whereas others can be quite serious and cause permanent damage. No matter what the injury is or the severity of it, all of them have to be taken seriously. Not only that, but birthing injuries may not be evident immediately and can take a bit of time to present themselves.
If the injury has been caused during the delivery due to sub-standard medical care or a labour that was mishandled, then you have a very different issue to deal with. The baby may have suffered an injury to their shoulder or neck muscles, their nerves, and even their brain if they are starved of oxygen. In these cases, where the injury was avoidable, then you may be able to file a claim for compensation.
Filing a Birth Injury Claim
For those whose babies have suffered an injury that could have been avoided, a claim may be the best route. There are birth injury solicitors that you can meet with who will go over your case and evaluate whether or not you should move forward. They will be able to tell you if you are eligible for compensation, which will be able to pay for the medical costs associated with the injury.
If the injury looks to be a permanent one, then obviously you will need to take this into consideration when asking for compensation. Lifelong medical care is something that you will have to factor in. The typical amount of compensation will vary, depending on the circumstances and the injury.
Compensation can help to pay for professional care, now and in the future, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, the child’s loss of earnings, transportation needs, accommodation, and much more.
Speak to Someone About Your Feelings
While there is certainly a medical and financial aspect you will be dealing with, it’s also important to deal with the feelings you will almost certainly have. After going through such a traumatic experience, it’s normal to feel a huge range of emotions, and it can be hard to process them all, so talk to a counsellor and get some professional help.