Group B streptococcus compensation claims

If you’ve been faced with complications after a Group B Strep infection, we may be able to support you with answers and compensation.

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Understanding group B streptococcus

Group B Strep (Group B Streptococcus or GBS) is a bacteria that is very common and usually harmless to healthy adults. However, it can be dangerous when a pregnant woman is carrying Group B Strep because it can be harmful to her unborn child.

Group B Strep causes a risk, albeit low, of miscarriage, and it can be dangerous if a baby comes into contact with the bacteria during labour – it can cause serious injuries or even be fatal. If GBS is found during your pregnancy or if you have had a baby affected by GBS in the past, you should be offered antibiotics in labour to reduce the risk to your baby.

Midwives and obstetricians should be aware of the risk factors for GBS infection and the signs of it. It should be treated with antibiotics straight away. If there were failures of medical staff to identify or act upon GBS infection risk factors or symptoms in your case it could mean it was avoidable, but deciding for certain involves close inspection of each specific case.

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Your rights and eligibility

Not all cases and consequences of Group B Strep are avoidable, however, some early onset GBS infections are preventable. If you don’t know if correct procedures were followed in your case, symptoms were missed or mismanaged, or the care received was delayed or substandard, you may have a claim.

You may be able to pursue a Group B Strep claim (GBS claim) if your baby came into contact with the bacteria due to medical negligence or the negligence meant the infection was more severe.

Our experts can help you get answers about what may have gone wrong and highlight mistakes to prevent the same thing from happening to other families. A successful claim will secure a financial settlement to help you put in place support for you and your family.

How can compensation help?

A Group B Strep infection in a newborn can be very dangerous and often life threatening. Some of the complications it can bring include meningitis, sepsis and lung infections. Fewer than 7% of babies that contract it die and around 10% face long term disabilities including brain injuries, cerebral palsy, deafness and profound learning difficulties.

Although no amount of money can undo the harm that could have been avoided, or compensate for your pain in the devastating event that you lost your baby, a compensation claim can help get answers about the care you and your baby received. In cases where negligence is proved, it holds the responsible party accountable, you can receive an apology ,and help reduce the risk that families will suffer the same in the future.

The financial aspect of a compensation claim will help pay for ongoing care for your child, plus any specialist medical treatment, equipment and home adaptations that they need to help them lead a life as close to what it would have been if the negligence had not happened as possible. The right expert will help you understand how your child’s needs will evolve as they grow older and make sure that their compensation will suffice to cover them.

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As expert solicitors focusing on serious injury, medical negligence, mental capacity and education, you can trust us to get the best results for you.

We know how hard it is to deal with the harm you or a loved one has suffered. We’ll support you with empathy every step of the way.

We can help you on a no win no fee basis, meaning you don’t need to worry about funding legal costs

Our support doesn’t end after a claim. We can help you with your financial affairs after settlement and introduce you to charities and organisations that might be able to help you going forward.

Choosing a Group B Streptococcus lawyer

We understand that pursuing a claim can feel scary. We’re here to offer help and advice to help you decide what is best for you and your family.

Our specialist, experienced solicitors will provide support and information throughout the process to make it as stress free as possible. The right solicitor will always try to reduce the burden on you, understanding that you already have a lot to cope with. Where possible, we will try our best to secure interim payments to help you and your family. This way you can get needed funds to cover the cost of any immediate therapies, adaptations and other needs your child may have. Group B Strep claims can take years to complete but we will be on your side every step of the way.

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Group B streptococcus compensation FAQs

Some settlements for GBS claims (also known as Strep B claims/ Group B Strep claims) are very substantial, often running to hundreds of thousands or even millions of pounds.

The level of compensation depends on the needs of your child. If a child is severely disabled because of contracting Strep B the compensation can be particularly high because it is intended to meet their lifelong needs.

That is something we will help you investigate by looking at your maternity medical records and understanding if your treating team followed guidelines or made any mistakes. We will often have to appoint independent medical experts to help us understand if and what went wrong. Within our team we have colleagues who are dual qualified as lawyers but also clinicians, nurses and midwives so often we are capable of doing an initial assessment directly ourselves which saves time in the overall process.

In many of our cases a delayed Group B diagnosis is what constitutes negligence and ultimately leads to harm. If you have any concerns about the care you and your child received, call us now and one of our birth injury experts will be able to help you.

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