Birth injury and trauma claims

Claims for birth injuries have risen by 80%

At the end of 2012, the NHS Litigation Authority produced a report which had studied claims against the NHS arising from medical errors in maternity services over a ten year period. The report concluded that giving birth in a NHS hospital was safe although it acknowledged that there was room for improvement in some aspects. During the ten years that the report covered, less than one medical negligence claim was made per 1000 babies born which should provide some comfort to expectant mothers. However, the report also found that since 2008 claims made for birth injuries have risen by 80% and, because of the seriousness of such injuries to both mother and baby, account for around a third of the NHS litigation budget.

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