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Negligence in antenatal prenatal care

If you or your child have suffered an injury following pregnancy, labour, or delivery, and you suspect the injury was caused by a failure to provide you or your child with adequate antenatal care, you or your child may be entitled to compensation.

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Pregnancy is often an exciting time for couples wishing to have a family. Usually, soon after confirmation of pregnancy, women are referred for antenatal care. These days women are fortunate to have a choice of a few different modes of antenatal care. Women may choose to have their antenatal care at the antenatal clinic of their local public hospital, where they are usually also booked for labour and delivery. Others may choose to have shared antenatal care provided by their GP and their local public hospital’s antenatal clinic. Some women choose to be under the care of a specialist obstetrician for antenatal care and labour with and delivery of their child at either a private or a public hospital. Regardless of a woman’s choice of antenatal care, all women deserve to receive the same level of antenatal care to ensure an uneventful pregnancy and safe delivery of a healthy child. 

 

Receiving adequate antenatal care is very important as abnormalities and complications could develop during pregnancy, affecting the pregnancy’s viability and progress and the baby’s development. Timely appropriate intervention is imperative to the health of the mother and the preservation of the baby’s life. If abnormalities that develop during the antenatal period are not diagnosed and treated, they could result in adverse health outcomes for both mother and child. Sometimes, pregnancy is not allowed to progress, and the baby is delivered via a Caesarean section to prevent severe complications and injury to the mother and child.

 

Some common abnormalities or complications that could develop during the antenatal period include gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, placental insufficiency, placenta praevia, infection and macrosomia (a baby larger than average). Many of those conditions require treatment and close monitoring of the pregnancy, the baby’s development, and well-being so that action, such as delivery, can be taken as soon as it becomes necessary. Sadly, this does not always occur, and some babies are born with serious injuries due to a failure to provide their mothers with reasonable antenatal care.

 

Mothers could also sustain obstetric and gynaecological injuries if those antenatal conditions persist and the mother progresses to natural labour and delivery. Complicated labour and delivery can potentially result in profound and permanent injuries to the baby, including brain injury and Erb’s palsy.

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Ray H.
07:33 13 Jun 24
Matthew Garling and Team are kind, patient, polite, professional, empathetic and efficient. I was treated terribly by the at fault insurer. Garling and Co. had my back. Matthew gently and patiently... kept me up to speed on all the steps to go through. From my personal experience I recommend these guys. They are safe hands. Thank you team.read more
Jo L.
05:58 07 May 24
So very impressed with the professional team who looked after me throughout the last 4 and 1/2 years. A special mention to Kerry and Nathan who navigated each request to fight for my right to gain... access to further treatments and physio and to ensure medical treatment would be covered moving forward. I was so grateful I could hand it all over to you and not have to go through this very challenging time without your support.I thank you for the compassion you have provided to me, from the first contact with Matthew and Natasha, to finalisation with Kerry and Nathan.I highly recommend the team at Garling and Co for any third party compensation claims. You are in good hands with them all.read more
Linda O.
21:53 06 May 24
Emma, Rebecca and the team at Garling and Co have worked diligently throughout my workers compensation claim. The level of professionalism, support and communication has been faultless. Of particular... note has been the sensitivity displayed to me throughout the lengthy process. Worker’s compensation claims are complex and not easy to navigate, particularly when you are unwell. I do not hesitate to recommend Garling and Co to help you find a way through this otherwise unfathomable system.read more
Keith H.
20:51 23 Apr 24
After my case stalled with another firm, I decided to give Matthew Garling a call. He took my case and not only won, but achieved an outcome that far exceeded my expectations. This firm is the best... in the business in my opinion and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone.read more
Anthony T.
00:50 16 Apr 24
Thank you Matthew and his team who guided me through the legal process, a truly positive experience with total professionalism.
Mikaele N.
03:01 15 Apr 24
Garling &Co Lawyers were awesome, I called every compensation law firm and was told that I couldn't claim for compensation.The whole experience and process was simple and stress free.Mr Matthew... Garling and Allison deserve an accolades for the very best in client service. I would highly recommend their service to anyone.read more
Tamara L.
02:10 15 Apr 24
I want to thank Garling & Co so much for all the help they have given me and helped with my claim. We got the win last week and it was the best news I have gotten considering how much my life has... been turned upside down the past 2 years. Emma and Rebecca have been incredible to work with and explained everything from the start even when I had hesitation to go ahead regarding how much everything would cost or how fair it could go or even if I had a chance, but they explained everything thoroughly, so I understood it all. Thank you for making this process seamlessly easy and helping me get the win it will make things a little easy for me that's for sure financial thank you for all your help I cannot recommend you and your services enough. Thank you again.read more
Sigrid W.
05:01 11 Apr 24
Utter professionalism from first phone call to final settlement. It was a pleasure to be represented by a firm that actually cares for their clients. From office staff, to paralegal and solicitor... Rebecca, Emma and Matthew thank you for your support and expertise throughout my claim. No wonder your firm has won many awards. I'm extremely happy with my outcome and can confidently recommend your firm.read more
BJ S.
01:09 09 Apr 24
Highly recommend Matthew & Allison at Garling and Co ! Quick response ! helpful every step of the way ! If you want the best compensation lawyer, Matthew @ Garling and co is the bestDoesn’t waste... time. Very informative ! excellent guidance! They get the job done ✅Website is perfect guide5 Star ⭐️ is not enoughI’m so grateful to Matthew, Allison and team for my outcome so far !Thank you 😊 Garling and co are awesome 👏 🤩read more
Jaimie K.
06:11 02 Apr 24
Have had a rollercoaster ride with Garling and Co over the several years we have been battling the system that injured workers are faced with. The wheels of progress are slow within this system.... However Garling and co have always stood by me. Calls are returned and matters are always followed up in a timely manner.read more

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What type of antenatal care should an expectant mother receive?

The mode of antenatal care is a matter of maternal choice and preference. In some rural areas, the mode of antenatal care depends on the availability of medical services and resources in those areas. Women may choose to have their antenatal care at the antenatal clinic or midwifery clinic of their local public hospital or to have antenatal care provided by their GP and their local public hospital’s antenatal clinic. Some women choose to be under the care of a specialist obstetrician for antenatal care. Adequate antenatal care includes monitoring of the mother’s wellbeing and development of the baby at regular intervals. Antenatal appointments usually become more frequent as the pregnancy progresses or if the woman develops complications during the pregnancy. Your midwife or doctor should regularly weigh you, measure your blood pressure and take measurements of the growth of your uterus. Usually, ultrasounds are also performed at various stages of the pregnancy including a morphology scan. Other tests may also be required depending on the progress of your pregnancy and your age.

2. What does negligence in antenatal prenatal care refer to?

Negligence during the antenatal period refers to a failure to diagnose and treat certain conditions that some women develop during pregnancy such as gestational diabetes and hypertension or pre-eclampsia. Negligence during the antenatal period also includes a failure to appreciate signs or observations that render a pregnancy a ‘high risk’ pregnancy and increase the risk of complications developing during labour and delivery. In some instances, natural delivery is not a safe option for the mother or child and a Caesarean section delivery is required to prevent severe complications and injury to the mother and child.

3. What are some examples of negligence in antenatal prenatal care?

Some examples of negligence during the antenatal period include circumstances giving rise to injury to mother or child as a result of allowing the pregnancy to progress to natural labour and delivery in circumstances where a Caesarean section delivery is clinically warranted. Examples include an undetected and untreated infection that travels through the placenta to the baby and placental insufficiency where the baby is not receiving adequate blood supply and nutrients needed to continue to thrive and survive. Another example is a baby that is larger than average, and the size of the baby increases the risk of complications and injury to mother and child during labour and delivery. Usually, the mother is given the option of a Caesarean section to prevent complications and injury at birth.

4. How can negligence in antenatal prenatal care harm the mother and baby?

Many of the abnormalities or conditions that develop during pregnancy require treatment and close monitoring of the pregnancy, the baby’s development and well-being so that action, such as delivery, can be taken as soon as it becomes necessary. If those conditions are not detected and left untreated, it could result in life-threatening complications and increase the risk of injury to, and death of, both mother and child. A woman could sustain serious obstetric and gynaecological injuries, which can be life-long. A child could also sustain profound and permanent injuries including premature birth, under-development, brain injury and Erb’s palsy.

5. What are the signs that medical negligence may have occurred during antenatal prenatal care?

It may be difficult to identify the signs that indicate that medical negligence may have occurred during the antenatal period. This information is sometimes provided to the family after labour and delivery if they, or their child, sustained a birth injury. This does not always occur. If you suspect that negligence in the provision of your antenatal care contributed to your injury or your child’s injury, contacting an experienced solicitor is essential as your solicitor will obtain a copy of the relevant medical records and explore all aspects of the care that was provided to you and your child. Your solicitor might be the first person to discover ‘signs’ of negligence.

6. How do I know if I have a valid claim for negligence in antenatal prenatal care?

If you or your child suffered an injury while giving birth and you suspect that the injury occurred as a result of a failure to provide you with adequate antenatal care, it is wise to seek legal advice from an experienced solicitor. Your solicitor will explore the level of care that was provided to you during your pregnancy and will provide you with advice on the viability of your claim.

7. Is there a time limit for filing a negligence claim in antenatal prenatal care?

Ordinarily, you must commence formal legal proceedings within three years of the time at which the alleged negligence occurred. This is subject to the time that you discovered, or ought to have discovered, that you or your child have sustained an injury, the injury is the fault of a heathcare provider, and the injury is worth suing over.

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Ray H.
07:33 13 Jun 24
Matthew Garling and Team are kind, patient, polite, professional, empathetic and efficient. I was treated terribly by the at fault insurer. Garling and Co. had my back. Matthew gently and patiently... kept me up to speed on all the steps to go through. From my personal experience I recommend these guys. They are safe hands. Thank you team.read more
Jo L.
05:58 07 May 24
So very impressed with the professional team who looked after me throughout the last 4 and 1/2 years. A special mention to Kerry and Nathan who navigated each request to fight for my right to gain... access to further treatments and physio and to ensure medical treatment would be covered moving forward. I was so grateful I could hand it all over to you and not have to go through this very challenging time without your support.I thank you for the compassion you have provided to me, from the first contact with Matthew and Natasha, to finalisation with Kerry and Nathan.I highly recommend the team at Garling and Co for any third party compensation claims. You are in good hands with them all.read more
Linda O.
21:53 06 May 24
Emma, Rebecca and the team at Garling and Co have worked diligently throughout my workers compensation claim. The level of professionalism, support and communication has been faultless. Of particular... note has been the sensitivity displayed to me throughout the lengthy process. Worker’s compensation claims are complex and not easy to navigate, particularly when you are unwell. I do not hesitate to recommend Garling and Co to help you find a way through this otherwise unfathomable system.read more
Keith H.
20:51 23 Apr 24
After my case stalled with another firm, I decided to give Matthew Garling a call. He took my case and not only won, but achieved an outcome that far exceeded my expectations. This firm is the best... in the business in my opinion and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone.read more
Anthony T.
00:50 16 Apr 24
Thank you Matthew and his team who guided me through the legal process, a truly positive experience with total professionalism.
Mikaele N.
03:01 15 Apr 24
Garling &Co Lawyers were awesome, I called every compensation law firm and was told that I couldn't claim for compensation.The whole experience and process was simple and stress free.Mr Matthew... Garling and Allison deserve an accolades for the very best in client service. I would highly recommend their service to anyone.read more
Tamara L.
02:10 15 Apr 24
I want to thank Garling & Co so much for all the help they have given me and helped with my claim. We got the win last week and it was the best news I have gotten considering how much my life has... been turned upside down the past 2 years. Emma and Rebecca have been incredible to work with and explained everything from the start even when I had hesitation to go ahead regarding how much everything would cost or how fair it could go or even if I had a chance, but they explained everything thoroughly, so I understood it all. Thank you for making this process seamlessly easy and helping me get the win it will make things a little easy for me that's for sure financial thank you for all your help I cannot recommend you and your services enough. Thank you again.read more
Sigrid W.
05:01 11 Apr 24
Utter professionalism from first phone call to final settlement. It was a pleasure to be represented by a firm that actually cares for their clients. From office staff, to paralegal and solicitor... Rebecca, Emma and Matthew thank you for your support and expertise throughout my claim. No wonder your firm has won many awards. I'm extremely happy with my outcome and can confidently recommend your firm.read more
BJ S.
01:09 09 Apr 24
Highly recommend Matthew & Allison at Garling and Co ! Quick response ! helpful every step of the way ! If you want the best compensation lawyer, Matthew @ Garling and co is the bestDoesn’t waste... time. Very informative ! excellent guidance! They get the job done ✅Website is perfect guide5 Star ⭐️ is not enoughI’m so grateful to Matthew, Allison and team for my outcome so far !Thank you 😊 Garling and co are awesome 👏 🤩read more
Jaimie K.
06:11 02 Apr 24
Have had a rollercoaster ride with Garling and Co over the several years we have been battling the system that injured workers are faced with. The wheels of progress are slow within this system.... However Garling and co have always stood by me. Calls are returned and matters are always followed up in a timely manner.read more

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Would you like assistance with your claim?

Complete our free, no obligation confidential case assessment form and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

Alternatively, we are available to talk through phone and email. Please contact our experienced workers compensation lawyers to find out how we can help.

No Win No Fee

You won’t be required to pay any fees until we win your case.

Industry Experts

We’re industry experts with over 20 years of experience.

Maximum Compensation

Our team of expert injury lawyers will help you get maximum compensation.

Ray H.
07:33 13 Jun 24
Matthew Garling and Team are kind, patient, polite, professional, empathetic and efficient. I was treated terribly by the at fault insurer. Garling and Co. had my back. Matthew gently and patiently... kept me up to speed on all the steps to go through. From my personal experience I recommend these guys. They are safe hands. Thank you team.read more
Jo L.
05:58 07 May 24
So very impressed with the professional team who looked after me throughout the last 4 and 1/2 years. A special mention to Kerry and Nathan who navigated each request to fight for my right to gain... access to further treatments and physio and to ensure medical treatment would be covered moving forward. I was so grateful I could hand it all over to you and not have to go through this very challenging time without your support.I thank you for the compassion you have provided to me, from the first contact with Matthew and Natasha, to finalisation with Kerry and Nathan.I highly recommend the team at Garling and Co for any third party compensation claims. You are in good hands with them all.read more
Linda O.
21:53 06 May 24
Emma, Rebecca and the team at Garling and Co have worked diligently throughout my workers compensation claim. The level of professionalism, support and communication has been faultless. Of particular... note has been the sensitivity displayed to me throughout the lengthy process. Worker’s compensation claims are complex and not easy to navigate, particularly when you are unwell. I do not hesitate to recommend Garling and Co to help you find a way through this otherwise unfathomable system.read more
Keith H.
20:51 23 Apr 24
After my case stalled with another firm, I decided to give Matthew Garling a call. He took my case and not only won, but achieved an outcome that far exceeded my expectations. This firm is the best... in the business in my opinion and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone.read more
Anthony T.
00:50 16 Apr 24
Thank you Matthew and his team who guided me through the legal process, a truly positive experience with total professionalism.
Mikaele N.
03:01 15 Apr 24
Garling &Co Lawyers were awesome, I called every compensation law firm and was told that I couldn't claim for compensation.The whole experience and process was simple and stress free.Mr Matthew... Garling and Allison deserve an accolades for the very best in client service. I would highly recommend their service to anyone.read more
Tamara L.
02:10 15 Apr 24
I want to thank Garling & Co so much for all the help they have given me and helped with my claim. We got the win last week and it was the best news I have gotten considering how much my life has... been turned upside down the past 2 years. Emma and Rebecca have been incredible to work with and explained everything from the start even when I had hesitation to go ahead regarding how much everything would cost or how fair it could go or even if I had a chance, but they explained everything thoroughly, so I understood it all. Thank you for making this process seamlessly easy and helping me get the win it will make things a little easy for me that's for sure financial thank you for all your help I cannot recommend you and your services enough. Thank you again.read more
Sigrid W.
05:01 11 Apr 24
Utter professionalism from first phone call to final settlement. It was a pleasure to be represented by a firm that actually cares for their clients. From office staff, to paralegal and solicitor... Rebecca, Emma and Matthew thank you for your support and expertise throughout my claim. No wonder your firm has won many awards. I'm extremely happy with my outcome and can confidently recommend your firm.read more
BJ S.
01:09 09 Apr 24
Highly recommend Matthew & Allison at Garling and Co ! Quick response ! helpful every step of the way ! If you want the best compensation lawyer, Matthew @ Garling and co is the bestDoesn’t waste... time. Very informative ! excellent guidance! They get the job done ✅Website is perfect guide5 Star ⭐️ is not enoughI’m so grateful to Matthew, Allison and team for my outcome so far !Thank you 😊 Garling and co are awesome 👏 🤩read more
Jaimie K.
06:11 02 Apr 24
Have had a rollercoaster ride with Garling and Co over the several years we have been battling the system that injured workers are faced with. The wheels of progress are slow within this system.... However Garling and co have always stood by me. Calls are returned and matters are always followed up in a timely manner.read more
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