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Posted on 30th March 2018

Newborn Baby Dies From Brain Injury

Parents were left devastated after their baby boy, who had just been born, died as a result of a severe brain injury. During birth at Russells Hall Hospital, the baby was starved of oxygen which caused irreversible brain damage.

When the medical staff delivered the baby, he required resuscitation straight away. This was due to a long birth and lack of oxygen provided. His brain injury was as a result of an infection, lack of oxygen and antepartum bleeding. Due to the brain damage the baby boy had suffered, parents made the difficult decision to turn off his life support machine.

The trust that operates Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, admitted there were failings in his care and agreed to settle a medical negligence claim. As a result, the heart-broken parents received a substantial sum of compensation.

Understandably, his parents are still angry due to the way they were treated and the fact that they never got to hold their baby.

Worryingly, this was one of 43 serious incidents that occurred in the Russells Hall Hospital maternity unit in one year alone. As a result, the NHS England conducted an investigation and found that there were slow responses, lack of senior support and the processes for handling serious incidents were lacking. After the Quality Improvement Board stepped in, there have been improvements made to the quality of care in the maternity ward

What Negligence Claimline say

The majority of birthing injuries, stillborns and neonatal deaths are mostly avoidable with the right care, processes and attention in place. Giving birth should be a magical time for parents, but when care falls short, it can lead to unfair and painful tragedy.

At Negligence Claimline, we hope that trauma during birth never happens, but when it does, you can be sure that our expert solicitors can be on hand to take care of the claims process so that you get the apology, changes in process and compensation that you deserve.

If you think you have a medical negligence claim, then get in touch with our team for your free 24-hour claims assessment. With this, we will review your claim and advise you of the next steps you can take and trust that we will support you in the ways we can.