Group B Streptococcus claims for medical negligence seek compensation for a missed diagnosis of Group B Streptococcus, which damages your baby. If your child suffers a Group B Streptococcus infection after birth, you might have a claim for medical negligence compensation. 

If you carry the Group B Streptococcus bacteria, you can transfer it to your baby at birth. You should be tested for Group B Streptococcus in your final trimester and treated with antibiotics if one is found. A Group B Streptococcus infection can carry risks of a birth injury to your newborn. 

If you are not treated for Group B Streptococcus and your newborn contracts the disease, you may have a claim for medical negligence. 

A No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor handles your Group B Streptococcus claim and wins you the compensation you deserve.

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What is Group B Streptococcus?

Group B Streptococcus is a bacteria carried by many adults though it is harmless to most people. The problem with Group B Streptococcus is that it can harm your newborn baby, and it is easy for you to infect the baby if you carry Group B Streptococcus. 

Group B Streptococcus is also known as Group B Strep or GBS. It is harmless to adults but can cause Group B Strep in babies. GBS can also be harmful to seriously ill adults and the elderly. 

The Group B Streptococcus bacteria live in the vagina and bottom area and can be transmitted to a baby during birth. Most babies can recover after a course of antibiotics, but there are risks involved that may do serious harm to your baby.

What are the risks of Group B Streptococcus negligence?

The risks of Group B Streptococcus range from mild infection to some very serious diseases that could become lifelong conditions. Your obstetrician and the maternity team at the hospital should test you for the Group B Streptococcus bacteria to minimise the risks to your baby.

 Some of the risks of Group B Streptococcus to a newborn baby:

The risks of Group B Streptococcus are many to a newborn baby though they are easily avoidable. 

If your child contracts Group B Streptococcus and suffers ill health, you might be able to start a Group B Streptococcus negligence claim.

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Common Group B Streptococcus claims for negligence

Common Group B Streptococcus claims for negligence deal with delays in treating a Group B Strep mother and the effects on the newborn baby.

The claims for negligence seek to get the family compensation for damage to the baby and also any long-term care costs. 

Common Group B Streptococcus claims for negligence:

The risks of Group B Streptococcus are many to a newborn baby though they are easily avoidable. 

If your child contracts Group B Streptococcus and suffers ill health, you might be able to start a Group B Streptococcus negligence claim.

Common Group B Streptococcus claims for negligence

Failure to test the mother for Group B Streptococcus

Failure to test the mother for Group B Streptococcus can be medical negligence. If the mother has Group B, then the baby will be at risk of contracting GBS at birth. 

A simple test for Streptococcus B can highlight the bacterial infection. The mother can be treated for it, precautions made for the birth and the newborn baby administered antibiotics. 

Not testing the mother for Group B Streptococcus increases the risk for the baby and could be medical negligence. 

Failure to recognise the symptoms of Group B Strep in a newborn

Failure to recognise the symptoms of Group B Strep in a newborn should never happen. Medical staff in the maternity ward are fully trained in recognising symptoms and diagnosing conditions. The dangers of Group B Streptococcus must be made known to all staff. 

Symptoms of Group B Streptococcus in newborn babies are:

  • Fever
  • Blotchy skin
  • Difficulty in eating
  • Not breathing easily
  • Very sleepy all the time
  • Floppy when picked up

There are also clinical signs of Group B Strep, such as:

  • Low blood sugar levels
  • A heart rate that is very slow or fast at times
  • Low blood pressure

If your baby shows symptoms of Group B Streptococcus, medical staff should investigate and test for bacterial infection.

Not delivering the baby within 24 hours of the waters breaking

Not delivering the baby within 24 hours of the waters breaking increases the chances of the baby contracting Group B Streptococcus. 

The unborn child will be vulnerable to infection in the womb, and Group B Strep is a very infectious bacteria, if the mother is carrying it.

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Not reading the mother’s medical history

Not reading the mother’s medical history is a sure way to miss the signs of possible GBS infection and could be medical negligence. 

If the mother has tested positive for Group B Strep in the past, it should be noted in her medical records. When the maternity team reads the notes, they can order and administer antibiotics to the newborn baby.

The sooner the Group B Strep is diagnosed and treated, the better it will be for the baby.

Not testing the newborn baby for Group B Streptococcus

Not testing the newborn baby for Group B Streptococcus can quickly make the GBS difficult to treat and put your baby at risk. 

The newborn baby should be tested for Group B Strep if the mother has also tested positive. The baby should be tested if the mother had the infection in the past. If the baby is showing symptoms of Group B Streptococcus, they should be immediately tested. 

Not testing the newborn for Group B Strep can be medical negligence if the baby is carrying the infection.

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Compensation for Group B Streptococcus negligence claims

You can claim compensation for Group B Streptococcus negligence in amounts from the low £10,000s to over £1 million in some cases. 

The compensation varies depending on several factors, and Group B Streptococcus claims sometimes see very high awards when conditions such as Cerebral Palsy develop in the baby. Amputation, hearing loss, and eyesight problems can be issues if the newborn baby develops Sepsis or Meningitis due to Group B Strep complications.   

Compensation amounts in Group B Streptococcus negligence claims can be:

  • Kidney damage, up to £60,050
  • Severe loss of hearing, up to £91,660
  • Loss of eyesight complications, up to £210,000
  • Loss of an arm, up to £128,000
  • Loss of one leg, up to £125,000
  • Brain damage with severe disability, up to £265,000
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All amounts are approximate and are only a guide to what is possible in Group B Streptococcus negligence claims. Figures can be high in Group B Strep claims as your baby will need long-term care and could face medical bills for life. You claim for these care costs and the medical costs into the future. 

As in all medical negligence claims, each case is dealt with on merit and how much your child suffers due to the Group B Streptococcus complications. 

A No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor will be the one to advise you on a Group B Streptococcus negligence claim. They will know from experience what your case may be worth and how to make a successful claim. 

Your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor will handle your Group B Streptococcus negligence claim for compensation and for all damages incurred.

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Once you have spoken with our team we’ll let you know how we can help. Typically the next step is to obtain your medical records for us to review.

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Once all your medical records have been received they will be reviewed by a medically & legally qualified member of our team. If there is evidence of medical negligence we will send a letter of claim to the negligent party outlining your medical negligence claim.

What can you claim for when you sue for Group B Streptococcus negligence?

You can claim compensation for any damages that occurred when you sue for Group B Streptococcus negligence. 

There are two types of compensation damages due when suing for any type of medical negligence: General damages and Special damages.

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General damages 

General damages are when you sue for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity, PSLA, you have experienced due to negligence.

  • Pain is that above what is normally expected for your procedure.
  • Suffering is the inconvenience and changes to your life that cause you discomfort.
  • Loss of Amenity is any difficulty you have in doing everyday tasks, such as walking, sitting, playing sports and sleeping.

Special damages

Special damages include loss of earnings, future care costs, and out-of-pocket expenses.

  • Loss of earnings includes compensation for time off work and any reduction of your income in the future.
  • Future care costs are for any care you will need as a result of medical negligence.
  • Out-of-pocket expenses cover medical appointments, travel, accommodation and meals.

Be sure to keep payslips, receipts and proof of any losses you experience due to the medical negligence.  

You deserve compensation to cover all losses, including loss of life, medical costs, and long-term care needs. 

When you or a loved one suffers from the effects of Group B Streptococcus negligence, you make a claim for Group B Streptococcus negligence compensation. 

Your No Win No Fee solicitor will guide you through the steps in making a Group B Streptococcus negligence claim.

Who is responsible for Group B Streptococcus negligence?

A medical professional is responsible for your Group B Streptococcus negligence. It could be the obstetrician who did not order a test for Group B Strep in your third trimester or the attending doctor who missed the signs of Group B Streptococcus in your sick baby. 

The medical professional owes you a duty of care when dealing with your pregnancy and birth to ensure you have a healthy baby. Your baby may suffer from Group B Strep complications if the medical staff are negligent with that duty of care. 

Medical negligence is treatment below an acceptable standard by a medical professional. Your baby may need to undergo years of treatment to deal with the effects of Group B Streptococcus infection. 

By behaving less-than-professionally, the doctor risks the baby’s health, and the consequences could be with your child for life. 

You can claim compensation for the Group B Streptococcus negligence and get the financial help to care for your child.

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Clinical Negligence claims for Group B Streptococcus

Clinical negligence claims for Group B Streptococcus seek compensation for damages of the infection in your child. It is not always easy to prove clinical negligence as sometimes a baby will contract the infection, regardless of the precautions taken. 

Your case for clinical negligence will rely on the care for the mother during pregnancy. Did the mother and baby receive care at a professional level, and were all tests carried out on time? If the answers are no, you could have a clinical negligence claim for compensation. 

It may not be possible to avoid Group B Streptococcus infection in some cases, but steps should be made to make every effort in avoiding transmission to the newborn. If the mother has the Group B Strep infection, it is imperative for the maternity staff to test and monitor the newborn for it. 

A No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor can assess your case and make your claim for clinical negligence for Group B Strep compensation.

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A fatal medical negligence claim

A fatal medical negligence claim is when a loved one dies due to the medical negligence of a medical professional. It could be the misdiagnosis of a condition leading to a worsening of symptoms and eventual death or not ordering tests to identify an infection.

Fatal medical negligence can happen when an attending doctor or obstetrician misses the signs of Group B Streptococcus. In some cases, it happens by failing to carry out tests or by not ordering a course of antibiotics.

Fatal medical negligence will have a devastating effect on those left behind. They will lose a loved one and all that entails, and the sorrow will be with the family for life.

You can make a medical negligence claim for compensation if you lose a loved one due to fatal medical negligence.

What are the steps involved in making a Group B Streptococcus negligence claim?

The steps involved in making a Group B Streptococcus negligence claim go from seeking medical advice to issuing court proceedings.

The steps are a part of any successful compensation case, and settlement can happen at any stage in the process.

 Your medical negligence solicitor will do the rest when you follow the steps correctly and gather all the facts and figures.

Seek medical advice on the injuries you have suffered or are suffering immediately you realise you experienced Group B Streptococcus negligence.

Contact a specialist medical negligence solicitor who operates on a No Win No Fee basis and tell them what went wrong. The right solicitor will look at your case, see where the problem lies, and advise if you suffered Group B Streptococcus negligence. 

The Medical Negligence Team also have a 100% Compensation Guarantee scheme, where you get all the money awarded in a negligence claim. 

You are the one who suffered medical negligence, and you should get all the money due for the suffering.

Your medical negligence solicitor obtains your medical records with your permission. By reading your records, they will confirm if they think you have a valid Group B Streptococcus negligence claim. 

The medical negligence team will know from your medical records if the case will result in compensation being paid.

The medical negligence solicitor sending a letter of claim to the negligent party is the next step. The letter will ask them to admit the Group B Streptococcus negligence in what is known as ‘sending a letter of claim.’ 

When the negligent party receives the letter of claim, it has up to four months to provide a written response.

Getting a response from the negligent party’s insurer will move your compensation claim closer to a conclusion. 

The insurer will either admit the medical negligence or say they intend to defend the case. Deciding to defend the case is known as ‘deny liability’ in legal terms. 

If they admit liability, your Group B Streptococcus negligence claim can be valued, and the two parties will meet to decide on your compensation payment. 

Your solicitor will negotiate with the negligent party and use their experience to get the compensation you deserve.

Issuing court proceedings is the next step if they deny liability in your Group B Streptococcus negligence claim. 

Going to court happens, too, when they are not prepared to pay a fair amount for the injuries you have suffered. Your medical negligence solicitor issues the court proceedings.  

Remember that less than 1% of medical negligence cases end up in court, and very few of those cases ever make it to the courtroom.

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Using a No Win No Fee solicitor

Using a No Win No Fee solicitor is the only way to a successful Group B Streptococcus negligence compensation claim. Your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor will not charge you for a claim you do not win. 

Always have a fee agreement in place before engaging a medical negligence solicitor. If they start talking of a ‘win fee’ or a ‘success fee,’ you should walk away. The negligent party insurers should pay all fees. 

The medical negligence solicitor should also operate a 100% Compensation Guarantee scheme. When you win the case, all the money awarded should go to you, not the solicitor.

You are the one who suffered the Group B Streptococcus negligence, and you deserve the compensation to get your life back to normal.

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How long do I have to make a claim for Group B Streptococcus negligence?

You have three years to make a claim for Group B Streptococcus negligence. All medical negligence claims are subject to limitation periods.

For example, in England and Wales, medical negligence claims must generally be brought and court proceedings issued within three years of the injury or three years of knowledge of the facts giving rise to the Group B Streptococcus negligence claim.

 If someone has passed away, it is the date of death if the limitation period has not expired at the date of death. 

Children not under a disability typically have until they reach 21 to start a Group B Streptococcus negligence claim or court proceedings. 

Persons with a disability, who lack capacity, are not subject to any limitation period.

Are you eligible for compensation?

If you want to obtain compensation for the negligence you have suffered, we have a simple 3 step process to make sure you get the money you deserve

  • Take our online assessment & speak with our team

  • Our team of doctors and lawyers will undertake a full medical review based on your medical records

  • We will send a legal letter of claim and our solicitors will pursue your compensation on your behalf

All case reviews are 100% cost and commitment free.

Can I make a medical negligence claim against the NHS?

Yes, you can make a medical negligence claim against the NHS. Suing the NHS for negligence is not unusual. People sue the NHS for compensation for medical negligence and receive the money they deserve for the negligent treatment. 

There are between 8,000 and 10,000 successful medical negligence claims against the NHS each year—amounts in compensation claims awarded against the NHS range from £1000 to over £10 million. 

The amount of compensation you receive covers minor injuries such as scarring to serious life-threatening negligence, which leaves you with long-term care needs. 

We trust in and use the NHS daily and do not expect negligence. It happens, though, and the NHS has a dedicated team to handle medical negligence compensation claims, called NHS resolution.

NHS Resolution has a responsibility to treat patients who seek compensation fairly. Patients pay for the NHS through their taxes, and for that they deserve respect and the best medical treatment.

Contact The Medical Negligence Team

Contact the Medical Negligence Team today to discuss your Group B Streptococcus negligence claim for compensation. We have both the legal and medical experts to guide you along the steps to a successful medical negligence claim for compensation. 

At the Medical Negligence Team, we fight every compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis. You will not be out of pocket for an unsuccessful claim. 

We have a very high success rate and a reputation for a speedy and successful resolution to all medical negligence cases. 

Our 100% Compensation Guarantee puts all the money you win into your pocket. You or your loved one suffered Group B Streptococcus negligence and deserve every penny of the compensation claim. 

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