In the event that the treatment you received during childbirth resulted in an avoidable negative outcome, you may have grounds to file a claim.

Childbirth generally poses no risk to the health of either mother or baby. If a natural birth is not possible and other medical interventions are required It is not uncommon for such births to end in negative outcomes and even result in injuries to the mother or baby.

Injuries during Childbirth

Mothers or babies can suffer childbirth injuries.

A mother's childbirth injuries may include:

  • Haemorrhage,
  • Perineal tears can lead to long-term health problems for the mother.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder, or shock,
  • Fatality

A baby’s childbirth injuries may include:

  • Bruising
  • Stillbirth
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Injuries to the bones

If any injury was sustained during your child’s birth it may be associated with medical negligence, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible.

What is the process for proceeding with my case?

The onus is on the injured party to prove that the injuries suffered would not have occurred if the treatment you received had not been substandard.

Documentation and medical records relating to your case are essential for proving medical negligence.  You will need to engage your own medical expert review all you records to demonstrate how you were treated negligently.

An investigation of a childbirth injury will be based on how the child or mother will be affected by the injury.

As part of the evaluation of a childbirth injury, the cost of future care for the mother and child will be considered.