Sands Awareness Month, June 2018June 25, 2018
June is Sands Awareness month. Sands is a charity set up to provide help and support to families who have experienced the loss of a child at birth (stillbirth) or shortly after birth (neonatal death).
Sands advise that in the UK alone, 15 babies will die each day either during or shortly after birth. These shocking statistics show that a baby will sadly die every 90 minutes.
Medical Negligence and Stillbirth / Neonatal Death
Whilst in many cases, no treatment could be offered to change the outcome for these families, it is sometimes the case that these tragedies happen as a result of medical negligence and in these situations you may be entitled to bring a claim for compensation if you have been affected by the loss of a child during, or shortly after childbirth.
In one case a woman was awarded in the region of £44,000 for the psychological injuries that she suffered following the loss of her child. The Claimant was pregnant with her first child and the hospital providing her care failed to diagnose severe pre-eclampsia during her pregnancy for a period of 6 months which resulted in her child being stillborn, as a result of which she suffered a psychological adjustment disorder.
In another case a woman was awarded £23,000 for the post-traumatic stress disorder that she suffered following the stillbirth of her son. A few days after her due date, the Claimant began to experience pain and bleeding however the hospital providing her care failed to examine her and failed to keep her under review. She was repeatedly advised to return home and await developments. Two days after her symptoms began the hospital finally examined the Claimant and were unable to find a foetal heartbeat and the Claimant was advised that the foetus had died in the uterus.
In a case regarding neonatal deal, the Claimant was awarded £131,000 in damages as a result of the physical injuries that she suffered during the birth from a C-section and the psychological injuries that she sustained as a result of the loss of her child which resulted in post-traumatic stress disorder and recurrent depression. The Claimant was induced and following this her labour was very slow progressing. Due to this a C-section was indicated but was not performed at the earliest opportunity. Other failings were found all of which resulted in the baby passing away a few hours after birth.
Negligent treatment resulting in the loss of a child
If you have had to deal with the loss of a child as a result of a stillbirth or neonatal death due to negligent treatment, it may be possible to make a claim.
Here at Metcalfes we have an experienced team who specialise in cases involving negligent treatment and we can help guide you through the claims process in a sympathetic and understanding manner.
Please contact us on 0117 239 8012. Alternatively, you can email us by using our online contact form and we will be happy to discuss your potential claim with you.