Assisted Delivery Errors

We've got your claim for errors during assisted delivery covered

When contemplating pregnancy, the least enjoyable part of it all for most women will be the delivery. It is therefore understandable that the delivery is met with a large amount of trepidation and in some situations, it may not be possible to have a natural birth – even though it may not have been planned that way.

An assisted birth may have to be carried out whereby additional tools are used by the doctor to aid in the process. We entrust doctors to deliver our babies safely and quickly. If you feel that a doctor, midwife or nurse has been negligent to you or your baby in an assisted delivery, you may be able to make a medical negligence claim for birth injuries.

You may be able to claim in the event of:

  • Preventable injuries to the baby or mother during delivery
  • Preventable injuries caused by either the forceps or Ventouse method
  • Damage to the perineum such as cuts and tears


Damage to the perineum such as cuts and tears

Damage to the perineum, including cuts and tears can be incredibly painful. Women who have experienced this may find it difficult to walk or even sit. Also, severe tears may even cause persistent bleeding or lead to further infection. When this injury occurs as a result of negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.


Preventable injuries to mother

As reputable, trusted medical negligence lawyers, we take preventable injuries to mother during childbirth very seriously.

If your assisted delivery claim is accepted, not only will our dedicated team take control of the paperwork, we’ll make sure we’re only a visit or a phone call away.


Forceps delivery claim

During delivery, sometimes forceps are used during to ease a baby’s head. Forceps are smooth metal instruments designed to fit precisely around a baby’s head and are should be used to assist the birth.

But when used negligently, these injuries can have a lasting impact on you and your baby. Negligent forceps deliveries can cause long term problems that could otherwise have been prevented.


Ventouse delivery claim

Ventouse, or a vacuum cup, delivery can also cause injuries during childbirth when used negligently. You may be entitled to claim compensation if you have been a victim of negligent use of these tools.

The ventouse (vacuum cup) can be carefully attached to the baby’s head by suction. However, if there is evidence to suggest this was not carried out with a duty of care, we want to know.

Our legal team are specialists in medical negligence and will do everything they can to progress a claim for you. We will be able to assess quickly and fairly whether we believe you have a claim, leaving you time to rest and recover.


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Rikki Spofforth

Rikki Spofforth
Litigation Executive

Rikki is a Litigation Executive at Patient Claim Line. Having joined the company in 2014, Rikki joined the Medical Negligence team a year later, and recently started his Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship.

Rikki has experience in all stages of file handling, from taking initial enquiries, through to valuing and settling claims alongside our team’s senior solicitors.

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