The types of intraventricular haemorrhage (IVH)Every type of IVH involves bleeding in to the ventricles of the brain. The type of IVH is classified by the extent of the bleed, with small bleeds that usually self-resolve without problems being Grade I, and the most severe and large bleeds being Grade IV. The higher the grade of bleed, the more likely that the sufferer will be left with a permanent brain injury.
When does IVH occur?Usually they occur in premature or very low birth weight babies who have very fragile blood vessels in the brain that are susceptible to bleeding. The birth process itself can cause IVH, but often trauma at delivery can lead to larger bleeds with more long-lasting effects. There is also very good research that proves antenatal steroids given to a mother at least 24-48 hours before birth of her premature baby can significantly reduce the risk of IVH. IVH can also occur in conjunction with a hypoxic ischaemic brain injury where the brain is deprived of blood supply.
Why make a claimA serious IVH can lead to long-term neurological disabilities such as cerebral palsy. If it was possible for the IVH to have been reduced in severity, or avoided altogether, with a better standard of medical care, then a claim for compensation can be made. Contact our specialist team of lawyers for free advice about your brain injury claim.
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. 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.
IVH 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.