Making compensation claims for a baby spinal cord injury at birth can be a complicated procedure because of the consequences of spinal cord injuries at such a young age. Babies who survive a childbirth injury to the spinal cord are often severely disabled and require lifelong care and support.

The most common scenarios in which a childbirth injury to the spinal cord occurs are when babies are larger than average or born in the breech position. The misuse of forceps or vacuum delivery tools can result in excessive traction during the baby´s delivery – stretching and damaging the spinal cord.

Scenarios such as these can be avoided with a C-Section delivery, provided it has been identified in good time that complications are likely with a vaginal delivery. Consequently it is often the actions or inaction of medical professionals prior to the birth of your child that will determine whether you will be eligible to make compensation claims for a baby spinal cord injury at birth.

Establishing Negligence for a Childbirth Injury to the Spinal Cord

To successfully make compensation claims for a baby spinal cord injury at birth, it has to be demonstrated that your child´s injury was avoidable and attributable to a poor professional performance by a medical practitioner. In order to establish negligence for a childbirth injury to the spinal cord, you solicitor will ask your permission to access your medical records to see if potential complications could have been detected in advance.

The medical records relating to the care you received during your pregnancy and your child´s birth will be reviewed by an independent medical expert. The medical expert determine the strength of your case and advise your solicitor whether or not there is a claim for a childbirth injury to the spinal cord that may be worth your while to pursue.

If so, your solicitor will guide you through the procedures for making compensation claims for a baby spinal cord injury at birth. These include the requirements for being approved as your child´s “Litigation Friend” and why it is necessary to have an approval hearing in court once a settlement of the claim for a childbirth injury to the spinal cord is negotiated.

Further Advice about Compensation Claims for a Baby Spinal Cord Injury at Birth

No two compensation claims for a baby spinal cord injury at birth are identical because of the nature of the injuries that can be sustained and the consequences of those injuries for your child in the future. Consequently it is recommended that you speak with a solicitor to receive specific advice that is relevant to your child´s unique injuries.

The solicitor will be unable to advise you immediately whether there is likely to be sufficient evidence of negligence to justify a claim for a childbirth injury to the spinal cord, but he or she will be able to answer any questions you may have about the process for making compensation claims for a baby spinal cord injury at birth.

You are welcome to call our legal guidance service, which is provided free of charge and without any obligation to proceed with a claim. We offer discreet legal advice about birth injuries due to hospital negligence that will help you better understand how spinal cord injuries occur and what conditions need to be fulfilled before you are able to make compensation claims for a baby spinal cord injury at birth.