Group B Strep Claims
Group B Strep Claims
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a bacterium which colonises around 30% of the population – this means that people carry it but without actually being infected by it.
Stuart Bramley, Partner and Solicitor talking about legal claims arising from Group B Strep.
It is generally found in the digestive tract or, in adult women, in the vagina.
The signs of early-onset GBS (which accounts for around 75% of the total) arise in the first week of a baby’s life and often only hours after delivery; late-onset GBS manifests itself after the first 7 days, although after 3 months it is extremely rare.
If the baby becomes infected in the womb, the effects can take hold frighteningly quickly. If not recognised and treated with antibiotics swiftly enough, blood poisoning can develop. The mother may miscarry or the baby may die in the womb; surviving babies who are not treated in time can suffer blindness, brain injury or other disabilities.
GBS affects nearly 1:2000 births in the UK; a total of over 700 fatal or neonatal infections annually, of which approximately 10% die.
If the signs of GBS are negligently missed or dismissed and the baby has been affected you may be able to claim. The signs include:
- urine shows infection
- an unexplained temperature
- labour earlier than 37 weeks
- if the waters break more than 18 hours prior to birth.
We have unrivalled experience in handling GBS claims – and, in the tragic cases where the baby dies, in representing the bereaved family at a Coroner’s inquest. We strive to do so efficiently but also with tact and sensitivity.
If you or your family have suffered an injury as a result of medical negligence then we can help. If you would to like to discuss making a claim please contact one of our experienced lawyers. We will work closely with you from the outset and will handle your claim sympathetically and with sensitivity. We will strive to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
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