No win, no fee gestational diabetes claims
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Gestational / maternal diabetes claims
A delay in diagnosing and treating gestational diabetes is a risk to a mother and her baby’s health.
Pregnant women can experience a delay that could have been avoided, which is not only unacceptable, it is also a breach of duty of care.
In many cases, people whose treatment is delayed can have less favourable childbirth outcomes.
Our birth injury solicitors have supported hundreds of clients and their families, providing expert legal support to question and challenge the care they received and securing damages for the impact it has on their lives.
Clients often praise the sympathetic and understanding approach of our team, alongside their determination to ensure we hold people to account and get the answers required.
Specialist birth injury solicitors
Our dedicated medical negligence team have vast experience ensuring your case, or the case of a loved one reflects the severity of the situation and the support you and your family need.
If you have received a delayed gestational diabetes diagnosis while pregnant or believe you did not receive the appropriate care and treatment our specialist medical negligence experts can support you in your claim and help you:
- Receive an explanation.
- Get an apology.
- Secure compensation.
What are the risks of gestational / maternal diabetes?
If gestational diabetes is not diagnosed or managed properly some of the complications which can occur include:
- Large baby (for example weighing more than 8.8lbs) – making it necessary to undergo a caesarean section or induced labour.
- If a caesarean section is not offered on time then this can lead to the baby being starved of oxygen which can lead to cerebral palsy
- Premature birth.
- Birth Injuries such as shoulder dystocia.
- Pre-eclampsia – a condition that causes high blood pressure during pregnancy and can lead to pregnancy complications if not treated
If you believe the treatment you received for your gestational diabetes was not appropriate and negligence occurred, contact us today for a free, no-obligation chat.
Gestational diabetes negligence
Medical negligence can occur when there is a failure to:
- Screen the mother and identify her as being at risk.
- Recognise the mother has developed symptoms.
- Perform tests at appropriate stages of pregnancy to diagnose the condition.
- The condition has been diagnosed but the treatment plan was not appropriate.
- The condition is diagnosed but there is a failure to recognise complications.
- The birth is not managed appropriately.
- There is a failure to monitor the mother or baby after birth which results in complications.
Ensuring you get the gestational diabetes compensation you deserve
How to make a gestational diabetes claim
Make a claim in six easy steps
Free Initial Advice
Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think you have a claim.
We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim. Usually, we will be able to offer you a No-win, No-fee agreement.
Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports
We will request copies of your medical records and instruct appropriate medical experts to prepare reports confirming whether your care was negligent and how this caused your injury.
Letter Of Claim
We will send a letter to your healthcare provider with details of your claim, setting out why we think your case was negligent and how this caused your injury.
Prepare Claim Valuation
We will put together a schedule of loss setting out the losses you have incurred and the extent of the injuries you have sustained.
We will send all the evidence to your opponent inviting their settlement proposals. If we cannot agree on a reasonable settlement, we will prepare court proceedings.
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Who is at risk of gestational diabetes?
Gestational Diabetes is a type of diabetes that can affect women during their pregnancy.
It affects women who haven’t been affected by diabetes before.
It can happen at any stage of pregnancy but is more common in the second or third trimester.
Some are at a higher risk of developing the condition, they include those with:
- A family history of diabetes.
- A body max index of 30 or more.
- Had gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy.
- Previously had a baby weighing over 10 lbs.
- Family origins from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, black Caribbean or Middle Eastern.
- Are over 40.
- You have had a gastric bypass or other weight-loss surgery.
Every woman with one or more of the risk factors for gestational diabetes should be offered a screening test for gestational diabetes. If such tests are not performed then this can lead to a delay in diagnosis,
If the appropriate treatment is not provided, or the mother and baby are not monitored appropriately during the pregnancy, this can lead to complications.
How is Gestational Diabetes Diagnosed?
Every woman at risk should be offered a screening test. A woman may be screened for gestational diabetes at her first antenatal appointment at around 8-12 weeks into the pregnancy.
She should be asked questions to ascertain whether she is at increased risk. If one of the risk factors is identified then you will be offered a blood test.
A glucose tolerance test is normally performed at 24 – 28 weeks.
If such tests are not performed then this can lead to a delay in the condition being diagnosed and this can result in complications which could have been avoided.
How is gestational diabetes treated?
Advice will be given about monitoring and controlling the condition, which can involve changes to diet and exercise. For others, it will be necessary to take medication to control sugar levels.
It will be essential for the mother to learn how to monitor her blood glucose levels.
If gestational diabetes is diagnosed a pregnancy will be monitored more closely as the unborn child may be at risk of complications. Monitoring may include:
- An ultrasound scan at 18-20 weeks.
- An ultrasound scan at weeks 28, 32, 36 and regular checks from week 38 of the pregnancy to monitor the baby’s growth and the amount of amniotic fluid (which surrounds them in the womb).
Gestational diabetes and giving birth
If during the pregnancy, there have been no issues detected, labour can proceed naturally.
However, some women are offered the opportunity to have their labour induced before week 41.
If the baby is noted to be particularly large medical professionals should discuss the possibility of performing a cesarean.
When a woman has gestational diabetes they should give birth in a hospital to ensure sufficient monitoring.
During the labour mother’s blood sugar levels will be measured every hour and if a mother has been taking insulin it may be necessary to continue to receive this medication on a drip during labour.
When the baby is born, their blood glucose levels will be measured. If their sugar levels are noted to be low then they may be fed via a drip. Some babies have to be monitored closely in the neonatal unit.
After giving birth if any medication had been prescribed to control the sugar levels this will normally be stopped straight away. The mother’s blood glucose levels will normally be tested about 6-13 weeks after giving birth to ensure the sugar levels have returned to normal.
The mother will still require a blood test once a year to see whether they have developed type 2 diabetes.
What will my compensation claim cover and provide for me?
At Hudgell Solicitors we pride ourselves on providing immediate support to our clients, which continues throughout all medical negligence compensation claims to conclusion and beyond. This includes;
Immediate practical help – Dealing with practical issues immediately at hand, from speaking to employers to signposting to charities and organisations able to offer support.
Independent medical opinions – If required we will secure independent medical opinions on the treatment provided to you. This can be crucial in securing admissions of negligence.
Financial assistance – We always seek to agree on early interim payments with defendants to provide vital support required, such as for home adaptations or aids and equipment.
Rehabilitation – We work with some of the country’s best case managers and rehabilitation experts who oversee complete packages of physical, psychological and physiotherapy support.
Support with a long-term focus –We partner with financial experts to provide advice after settlement to make sure your compensation has the maximum positive, long-term impact.
How will Hudgell Solicitors help me throughout my claim?
As one of the UK’s leading medical negligence compensation claims teams, our solicitors have decades of experience in succeeding in even the most complex of cases. We understand you’ll want to know why things went wrong and how things will change, and will work to secure you the compensation you need to make the best recovery possible.
How much compensation will I get from my medical negligence claim?
The amount you can expect to receive in medical negligence compensation depends on your specific case details. Factors affecting your NHS compensation can include the nature of your injury or illness, the impact the negligence has on your day-to-day health, your ability to work and your future health, including any long-term care.
Compensation damages may be awarded for:
- Pain and suffering caused.
- Loss of earnings and future loss of earnings (such as being at a disadvantage in the labour market/loss of employability and reduction in potential earnings.).
- Cost of surgery or medical procedures required after the negligence.
- Adaptions required to your home to help with daily living.
- Costs of occupational therapy requirements, such as aids and appliances to assist with daily needs.
- Costs of current or future care.
- Travel expenses for medical appointments or equipment.
How quickly can I get compensation?
There is no set answer, however, our team are dedicated to securing interim compensation payments wherever possible, helping people overcome financial worries and cover the cost of much-needed treatment, rehabilitation and often home adaptations.
We have secured many six and seven-figure interim payments in the most serious of cases relating to life-long injuries, ensuring vital support is provided whilst legal proceedings continue.
Can I make a medical negligence claim on behalf of a child?
Agreed settlements will need to be approved by the court, but our expert medical negligence solicitors will guide you through this process.
What is the time limit for making a medical negligence claim?
If aged 18 and over, you will typically have three years from the date that the negligence occurred or from the date that you became aware of negligent treatment.
For under-18s, there is no time limit. However, once a child reaches 18, the standard 3-year claim period comes into effect.
Will I need to go to court to claim medical negligence compensation?
Medical negligence claims rarely need to go to court, and usually only do so in very complex cases.
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