What is hypoxia?Hypoxia is a reduction of oxygen in the blood supply. This can happen to a baby during the birth process and if severe enough, can cause permanent brain injury. The longer the period of hypoxia, the worse the brain damage can be.
When to make a claimThere are a number of events during pregnancy, labour and birth that can lead to a reduction of the oxygen supply to your baby. The important thing is whether the doctors or midwives should have recognised this and acted sooner to deliver the baby to prevent brain damage setting in. This is how many claims made by children with cerebral palsy or other neurological injuries arise – the medical professionals failing to respond to signs of hypoxia during their mother’s labour and at their birth.
How we can helpWe have acted for many children who have suffered hypoxic brain injuries at birth, obtaining millions of pounds of compensation to ensure they have the right care and support for their rest of their lives. Our first step would be to discuss the circumstances of the birth with you and then review the medical records. We would then be able to advise on your prospects of winning a claim, and discuss an appropriate form of funding to cover the legal costs, including that of obtaining expert opinions on your case. All of this is at no cost to you.
Life after a hypoxic brain injuryOur aim is to obtain an early admission of liability from those responsible for the avoidable brain injury, and ensure maximum compensation is awarded. Our expert Deputyship team can support you after the claim has settled to ensure that the compensation really does change your life for the better. Have a look at our client stories to see how we have helped others.
Frequently Asked Questions
If your child suffers an injury from negligent medical treatment during your pregnancy, the birth or postnatally you may be entitled to make a claim.
If you are ever unsure if you have a case, it is best to contact a solicitor.
We can provide a second opinion free of charge for your hypoxia claim. We have acted for many clients who have been told they don’t have a case, but by looking at the claim in a different way and with our expertise, we have gone on to be successful.
All birth injury claims are different and this depends upon when a final prognosis is known and a claim can be valued.
Once we obtain an admission of liability in your case we can request an immediate payment to help with your needs and put support in place.
Medical negligence claims rarely go to court, with only a small percentage of the more complex cases ending up there. However, in the unlikely event that your case reaches court, we will be by your side throughout the process.
It is important to pursue your claim as quickly as possible due to time limits and to also enable us to help you obtain compensation as soon as possible. This is especially the case in complex cases as the process can be lengthy.
You have to start your claim within 3-years (limitation period) from when the injury occurred or when you first became aware of any potential negligence or injury as a result. However, the time limit only begins when a child reaches 18 years of age.
There may be several options open to you to include legal aid, No Win No Fee and legal expense insurance. We can advise you on the correct funding method for you. We have designed a No Win No Fee package to protect you from paying any costs should your claim not be successful.