High risk pregnancy
Most pregnancies proceed without too many problems, to mother or baby. Of course there will be anxieties and there will be complaints to the midwife during antenatal appointments about sickness and similar symptoms but the majority of babies are born, thankfully, without cause for concern.
However, some pregnancies are ‘high risk’, meaning that a higher level of monitoring and medical attention is needed. A pregnancy can be ‘high risk’ for many different reasons, for example: you may be carrying twins; you may suffer from medical conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney, breathing or heart problems; you may have had a previous complicated pregnancy or delivery; or the placenta might be in a low position, presenting a risk of bleeding.
If you are a ‘high risk’ pregnancy, the medical staff should ensure that your pregnancy is managed appropriately, and that these risks are not ignored.
Our solicitors have previously acted for mothers whose diabetes and high blood sugar test results, or pre-eclampsia, was missed by the doctors monitoring them during the antenatal period, resulting in babies born with brain damage causing cerebral palsy. We also have experience of investigating claims on behalf of mothers carrying twins where the medical staff have not responded to signs of "twin to twin transfusion", when blood supply is diverted to one twin more than the other, and in cases where a mother's previous caesarean scar has ruptured during labour. Take a look at some of our Client Stories to see how some high risk pregnancies have ended in devastating brain injury, and how our lawyers have helped to obtain the compensation needed to make those lives a little better.