A baby who is born dead after 24 weeks into pregnancy is termed as stillborn. Stillbirths can occur due to many reasons and one of the common reasons is medical negligence.
If you have been affected by stillbirth and if you believe it happened due to negligent medical care, you may be entitled to make stillbirth claims.
In the UK, approximately 5 babies born in every 1000 babies are stillborn. There are numerous reasons for this including:
- Congenital defects
- High blood pressure
- Placenta giving way from the uterus wall
- Reduced levels of oxygen available to the baby during birth or while the baby is in the uterus
Stillbirths can occur without any noted cause, but there are certain factors which can increase the risk. For example, women who have a pre-existing medical condition may be at an increased risk of suffering a stillbirth. For this reason, it is essential that such women are closely monitored throughout their pregnancy.
Stillbirths caused by medical negligence usually occur when fetal distress is not detected or when health professionals do not act quickly to achieve early delivery following signs that the baby may be struggling. In other cases, it can occur if infections are not diagnosed or treated on time.
Making A Claim
Stillbirths can be very traumatic time for those who are affected. Therefore, it is essential to consider seeking financial compensation.
If you believe you have a case, contact our solicitors today for a free assessment.
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