On 23 November 2017, it was agreed that the NHS Trust responsible for Epsom General Hospital would pay compensation of £1,075,000 to a 9 year old girl whose shoulder had been seriously injured as a result of unreasonable and unwarranted force being used during her delivery in 2007.
In an effort to improve her condition, she had undergone a number of operations but had been left with significant disability in her right shoulder, forearm and wrist. Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust admitted that the girl had suffered injury as a result of their having provided substandard treatment.
Injuries sustained during delivery can have very serious consequences.
One such injury is shoulder dystocia, which occurs when the baby’s shoulders become stuck once the head of the baby has been delivered. Shoulder dystocia can cause of Erb’s Palsy, a condition which causes arm paralysis. It can even be fatal.
Unfortunately, birth injuries can occur even where entirely appropriate treatment has been provided. Sometimes, however, they occur when maternity professionals have been unable to effectively manage the birth.
It is important that children who suffered birth injuries as a result of substandard medical treatment obtain expert legal advice, as substantial compensation may be obtained on their behalf.
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