Inquest planned as 17-year-old mum dies just days after giving birth:
Posted on 17th January 2022
Our no win no fee medical negligence solicitors discuss the tragic death of a 17-year-old mother after childbirth. Read more here.
The parents of a 17-year-old mum, who died of cardiac arrest just days after giving birth, are hoping to find the answers that they need regarding their daughter’s death from the inquest currently taking place.
Just two hours after giving birth to her baby boy, Parker, at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex, Teegan Barnard suffered a cardiac arrest. Suffering from a severe brain injury, Teegan was allowed home to spend her final days at home with her family.
After her tragic death, Teegan’s parents, Abbie Trevor, instructed a medical negligence solicitor to get more information about what happened to their daughter. Along with this, an inquest is now set to take place, aiming to examine the circumstances of the death, and uncover exactly what happened. This is an upsetting case, and one that our local medical negligence solicitors will be following closely.
Our team of specialist birth injury solicitors know just how dangerous childbirth can be, and how severely things can go wrong when mistakes are made and due care is not followed by medical professionals. Read on to learn more about medical negligence claims relating to childbirth, what they entail, and how to make a claim with no financial risk to you, with our no win no fee solicitors.
What examples of medical negligence can lead to a birth injury claim?
With so many medical professionals involved in the process of pregnancy and childbirth, there is a lot of responsibility for things to be done properly, and with due care, in order to ensure that both the mother and the baby are kept safe. However, whether it’s a midwife, or an anaesthetist, sometimes mistakes are made, and the duty of care can be breached, leading to serious injury or illness of either the mother or the baby.
Some of these examples of medical negligence, and medical professionals breaching their duty of care, that can lead to medical negligence claims for birth injuries, include:
Early testing diagnosing and detecting mistakes- where certain conditions such as pre-eclampsia or ruptured placenta are not diagnosed properly leading to a possible birthing injury claim.
Birth Monitoring negligence- where checks are not properly carried out, meaning unnecessary damage and in some cases life-changing injuries occur.
Health screening mistakes– babies can be screened for conditions such as Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, heart or brain defects and other developmental abnormalities, providing parents with the option to terminate their pregnancy.
Midwifery and Obstetrics negligence– including induced labour, improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors during delivery and incorrect suturing.
Errors by anaesthetists- whether by administering too much or too little anaesthetic or by injecting the anaesthetic incorrectly, resulting in birth injury claims.
Poor surgical practice- such as injuring other organs during C-Sections, failing to monitor potential tears and fistulas and also failing to properly treat these afterwards.
Poor aftercare- such as failing to utilise incubators or other equipment, poor infection control, turning or positional monitoring, leading to birth injury claims.
Maternal infection- Maternal infection is an infection acquired by the mother who then transmits the infection to the fetus. This transmission can occur via the placenta before delivery or via the birth canal during labour and delivery when the baby is exposed to maternal blood.
Cord prolapse- Umbilical cord prolapse is a complication that occurs prior to or during delivery of the baby. In a prolapse, the umbilical cord drops (prolapses) through the open cervix into the vagina ahead of the baby. The cord can then become trapped against the baby's body during delivery
Uterine rupture- Uterine rupture is spontaneous tearing of the uterus that may result in the fetus being expelled into the peritoneal cavity. Whilst rare, Uterine rupture can occur during late pregnancy or active labour. Uterine rupture occurs most often along healed scar lines in women who have had prior cesarean deliveries.
Delay in delivery - A delayed birth occurs when circumstances prevent an infant from being delivered during the normal time frame. Most times, if immediate medical intervention is provided, the infant may only suffer minor conditions and will go on to heal without problems.
Stillbirth - Common causes include infections, birth defects and pregnancy complications, like preeclampsia. Typically defined as fetal death at or after 20 or 28 weeks of pregnancy, depending on the source. It results in a baby born without signs of life.
How can MG Legal help with my no win no fee medical negligence claim?
Here at MG Legal, our team of no win no fee medical negligence solicitors are all too aware of the severity of the issues that medical negligence from maternity staff, and other medical professionals can lead to for both babies and mums, and know that something needs to change. These medical negligence cases are extremely difficult, and can be very painful for the families involved. Our no win no fee solicitors know that no amount of money can replace a lost child, or mend them back to full health after a negligent mistake during childbirth, but we go above and beyond to ensure that you receive the financial support that you deserve in order to attempt to rebuild your life. And, we always work with compassion, sensitivity, sympathy with all of our medical negligence clients.
If you, or your child, has suffered from an injury or illness from medical negligence of any kind, or a mistake of any severity, then get in touch with our specialist medical negligence solicitors today, for a no-obligation discussion of your potential medical negligence claim. Our friendly no win no fee medical negligence solicitors have over 30 years’ experience in cases similar to yours, and will go above and beyond to ensure that the claims process is as stress-free as possible.
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