Group B streptococcus Claims
If you believe that your child has suffered a significant birth injury due to medical negligence including the misdiagnosis or delayed treatment of a Group B strep (GBS) infection, you may be entitled to compensation.
We have in excess of 25 years’ experience of complex birth injury cases including Group B strep claims, when medical professionals have failed to provide adequate care leading to an avoidable, irreversible birth injury. We can help you to get the compensation that your child may be entitled to.
What is Group B strep (GBS)?
GBS is a common, and symptomless, bacteria that approximately 20 – 40 per cent of women in the UK carry. There is a small risk that this bacteria can be passed onto the baby during childbirth.
Most babies with a Group B strep infection will make a complete recovery if it is diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. However, if inadequate medical care is provided, there are possible complications of GBS including meningitis, which is an infection of the lining of the brain, pneumonia, and sepsis. This can lead to a significant, and permanent, brain injury and other complications if not caught and treated quickly.
Although entirely treatable, a Group B strep infection can also result in a baby’s death in a small number of cases.
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Has your child suffered GBS complications due to medical negligence?
If your child has permanent injuries due to medical negligence in relation to a GBS infection, you could be entitled to compensation.
The risk of a complication arising can increase considerably if your baby is not given the level of medical care they should or if the condition was not diagnosed as quickly as it should have been.
If GBS is left untreated, it can result in neurological disability, meningitis, sepsis, and possibly even death. This showcases how time is of the essence when it comes to this condition. If GBS was not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, your child could have grounds for making a compensation claim to help you meet their complex needs.
Our team have a strong track record of securing £multi-million settlements for families whose child has suffered an irreversible, and extensive, injury as a result of inadequate medical care.
During the course of her birth, Hannah acquired a Group B strep infection which was not treated in time. This resulted in septicemia and meningitis, causing permanent, irreversible brain damage. To hear more about Hannah’s story click here.
The steps involved when making a GBS infection claim
A lot of people contact us to find out more about the steps that are involved when making a claim for a GBS infection which may have been misdiagnosed or not treated in a timely manner leading to permanent and significant injuries. Most claims will follow this process:
We will discuss your case with you, including the errors you believe were made during your child’s birth and the effect this has had on their health, wellbeing and ability to function day-to-day. We will then provide an honest assessment of whether we think you have a claim worth further investigation and explain the claims process and fees involved.
We will bring together all the essential evidence to support your erb’s palsy claim, including medical records, witness statements and evidence from independent medical experts.
We will then contact the NHS Trust or healthcare provider that you believe is responsible for your child’s erb’s palsy in writing. This letter will detail the alleged medical negligence and the resulting injury to your child.
The defendant has 4 months to investigate your claim and to provide a response. This will generally either involve them accepting full or partial liability and offering a financial settlement or denying responsibility. If a settlement is offered, we will advise you on whether we think it is reasonable and, if not, what further action can be taken.
If you are not satisfied with the defendant’s response and any offer of compensation, we can issue court proceedings. The defendant will have 28 days to respond, after which the court will set a date for a hearing. Typically, your hearing date will be around 18 months after proceedings are initiated.
In most cases where a claim has reached this stage, we will be able to secure a pre-trial settlement allowing you to avoid a court hearing. We have a very strong negotiating team to help ensure any settlement reached meets your child’s lifelong needs.
If your claim cannot be resolved outside a court hearing, we can offer experienced and highly skilled advocacy to secure the best possible outcome for your family.
Whether or not the case does go to court, you can be sure that we will be there to help you every step of the way, ensuring that you get the settlement that your child needs to meet their complex lifelong needs.
Securing compensation to help your child with the lifelong impact of a GBS infection that is not diagnosed nor treated in a timely manner
The lifelong impact of a GBS infection that leads to irreversible injuries will impact every aspect of a child’s life. This is why securing compensation is so important if medical negligence is to blame for what has happened to your child.
Compensation is available for families in these circumstances and when it can be proved that the injuries were avoidable:
- Past and future care costs
- Transport to medical appointments
- Assistive technology and equipment
- New or adapted accommodation
- The range of therapies required to give your child the best possible quality of life
Time limits for making a claim for GBS negligence
The legal time limit for making a claim for most personal injury cases is three years. This means you have three years from the date of the injury, or the date you first became aware that the injury occurred as a consequence of medical negligence.
There are exceptions when the injury is suffered by a child, however. If your child has suffered irreversible injuries and you believe that this could have been avoided had the appropriate medical care been provided, you have three years from when your child turns 18 to make a claim.
If your child lacks mental capacity as a result of their injury, there is no time limit to starting a claim for compensation. Our team have recently settled a number of historic birth injury claims decades after the incident.
While there is no time to waste when it comes to pursuing compensation, if you have missed the three-year deadline, please do not hesitate to give us a call to find out whether you can still make a claim.
Diane Rostron: Birth injury solicitors you can count on
If you are interested in making a Group B strep claim, our team of specialists will work tirelessly to make sure that you have the best chance of securing the compensation that your child needs.
We recognise that this is an incredibly difficult period for you and your family. We are here to listen, and to help, and offer honest and transparent legal advice and support.
Contact us today for more information about Group B streptococcus claims
If you would like to make a Group B strep claim, or you have any questions about doing so or the service we provide, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team today for more information.
We know that this is an incredibly difficult time for you, and we have a friendly, professional, and compassionate team, who are more than happy to answer any queries you may have and guide you through the claims process.
If you would like to discuss your child’s preventable birth injury or find out more information, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01253 766 559 today.
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