Blog Archives - Diane Rostron

Addressing fear culture in maternity services critical to preventing birth injuries

The Morecambe Bay maternity scandal came to light in 2015. Sadly since then, three investigations are underway into the care delivered in three NHS Trusts across England and Wales. It has been reported by an independent panel reviewing maternity units across the NHS, that staff in some Trusts are frightened to report concerning issues. Reportedly, … Read more Addressing fear culture in maternity services critical to preventing birth injuries

Making a birth injury claim – what you need to know

Making the decision as a family to pursue a birth injury claim following a serious incident that is believed to have been preventable often follows frustrated attempts to receive an acknowledgement and answers from the hospital responsible. In some cases, it may be some time before it is realised that a baby is not meeting … Read more Making a birth injury claim – what you need to know

Shrewsbury maternity scandal leads to inquiry into NHS maternity safety

With a current count of almost 1,900 cases in the inquiry into Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust’s maternity care, a police investigation has been commissioned (30th June 2020). This investigation could see the institution or specific individuals facing criminal charges for medical negligence.   The extremity of this failure has brought to light an … Read more Shrewsbury maternity scandal leads to inquiry into NHS maternity safety

Pursuing a birth injury claim – what you need to know

It may take some time for a significant birth injury to be discovered. In some cases, the resulting injuries may not be apparent, or fully understood, for some years. For families who suspect that their baby may have sustained a preventable injury at birth and are considering whether to pursue a birth injury claim for … Read more Pursuing a birth injury claim – what you need to know

What is a wrongful birth, and can I claim compensation?

‘Wrongful birth’ is a legal term for compensation claims that result due to the birth of a child either in circumstances where a vasectomy or sterilisation has failed, or when medical professionals have neglected to detect a serious physical or cognitive disability which may have led to a termination had the parents been fully informed. … Read more What is a wrongful birth, and can I claim compensation?

Pattern of preventable birth injuries placing mothers and babies at continued risk

Significant maternity failings are being exposed in different parts of the country including East Kent, Shrewsbury and Telford and parts of South Wales. It was recently reported that dozens of babies had died unnecessarily at the maternity units run by the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. In addition, 130 babies had suffered oxygen … Read more Pattern of preventable birth injuries placing mothers and babies at continued risk

Coping with cerebral palsy during the Covid-19 lockdown

The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, and subsequent lockdown, is a challenging period for everyone. For families coping with cerebral palsy, the hardship of protecting their family while also managing continued therapies and complex care needs on their own brings its own set of added difficulties. We talked to one family about how they were coping with … Read more Coping with cerebral palsy during the Covid-19 lockdown

Improving quality of life for a child with cerebral palsy

Life for the parents of a child with cerebral palsy is changed forever and life for a child with cerebral palsy can often be very different from that of many of their peers. Although it can be upsetting to learn your child has cerebral palsy, there are many supportive organisations and information available online to … Read more Improving quality of life for a child with cerebral palsy

Coronavirus update for clients and new claimants

We would like to reassure our clients that during this unprecedented and unpredictable period that the team will continue working on cases. We will be working remotely while carefully observing and following the government’s advice to help stop the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). The team is still contactable via email at dr@addies.co.uk, by telephone … Read more Coronavirus update for clients and new claimants

Brain damage at birth – what to do if you suspect it was preventable

In a relatively small number of cases, babies suffer irreversible brain damage as a result of a serious injury which occurred before, during, or just after birth. These incidents can be avoided if the appropriate medical care and timely intervention is provided. Both mother and baby should be carefully monitored throughout a pregnancy and during … Read more Brain damage at birth – what to do if you suspect it was preventable