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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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Kimberly B.
23:14 14 Feb 24
Mathew is very knowledgable and has been of great assistance to me. All the staff are friendly and helpful. I'm so happy I found this firm.Thank you Mathew and team for your great work in my case.... I am 100% happy with what you achieved for me.read more
Julie M.
10:16 16 Jan 24
My last stage of Workers compensation claim was managed by Emma Perkins, Natasha Stojanovic, Rebecca Dunshea and Kelli Robinson at Garling and Co. Lawyers who went the extra mile with their service... from the beginning to the end of 3 years of my case. I have become very anxious with almost everything after a workplace injury and a lot of times I probably ask more questions than I need to, but Emma Perkins always finds clear answers to my questions in a short time and explains to me patiently even using her mealtime or between her meeting and make me feel that I have been very well take care and supported. I am so grateful and extremely satisfied. The excellent service, attitude, and culture of Metthew Garling and his team are second to none with a very high success rate. If you going to battle with your workplace injury for a short or long period, you are better off with Garling and Co. lawyers who are able back you up every step of the way. I strongly recommend it to anybody who needs their service like me. Julieread more
patrick P.
01:46 19 Dec 23
I like to say that I had a very wonderful experience,And the support, and also understanding with all my requests,I could not ask for a better team!Thank you Emma and also her assistant Rebecca... thank youread more
Kazi H.
13:38 13 Dec 23
Work cover fund is GOVT’S money but insurer think that it is from their 14th generation. So only they can have it. Not only that, people from the work, IME doctor from insurer, back to work... coordinator from work, Rehab provider from any side push the worker as hard as possible that the worker (doesn’t matter how the workers mental or psychical condition) either go back to his pre injury duty or leave the job.More over on that very bumpy any difficult journey some of them only treat the worker as a MONEY MAKING MECHINE .in some point worker feels like, no rooms to breath. On that moment need someone to support legally, someone to care, someone to relive.On my case I believe that, somehow, I manage to make my God happy. That’s why God sends me to Matthew Gerling and his team Allison, Rebecca and Nathan, and all of GARLING & co Lawyers.I am not good enough in English, can’t express my gratitude.Matthew, Allison, Rebecca and Nathan, please accept my appreciation and pass it to others.read more
Carol L.
01:32 29 Nov 23
Professional, understanding and friendly
Sean G.
23:21 14 Nov 23
Matthew Garling and everyone I spoke to at Garling and Co were kind, caring and compassionate. They were sensitive to my psychological condition and were patient in explaining everything to me, so... that I clearly understood the legal process. I am exceptionally grateful for the settlement outcome that Garling and Co obtained for me. Many thanks.read more
waqas A.
08:33 13 Nov 23
Great Experience with Garling & Co. Matthew explained everything in detail during the first appointment. Allison, Nathan, Rebecca and the staff have been extremely helpful. Thank You to the team and... lawyers at Garling & Co. for making the long process easy for me and getting an excellent outcome for my compensation claim.I would highly recommend Garling & Co. Lawyersread more
Saskia L.
21:42 08 Nov 23
The world of workers compensation is long, hard and confusing, but Emma and Rebecca at Garling & Co always treated my case with kindness, respect and understanding. No question was ever silly and... they always had time to make sure I knew what would happen next and how we could best prepare. I am so thankful for their expertise and could not have chosen anyone better to represent me.read more
Antonio P.
08:46 06 Nov 23
Thank you Matthew and his team for taking care of my case couldn’t ask for a better results and couldn’t have better team to do that thank you
Julie M.
00:40 06 Nov 23
Garlic & Co Lawyers have been wonderful, supporting me through some difficult times. With their assistance, positive outcomes were achieved. Many thanks to the Team.Julie

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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Kimberly B.
23:14 14 Feb 24
Mathew is very knowledgable and has been of great assistance to me. All the staff are friendly and helpful. I'm so happy I found this firm.Thank you Mathew and team for your great work in my case.... I am 100% happy with what you achieved for me.read more
Julie M.
10:16 16 Jan 24
My last stage of Workers compensation claim was managed by Emma Perkins, Natasha Stojanovic, Rebecca Dunshea and Kelli Robinson at Garling and Co. Lawyers who went the extra mile with their service... from the beginning to the end of 3 years of my case. I have become very anxious with almost everything after a workplace injury and a lot of times I probably ask more questions than I need to, but Emma Perkins always finds clear answers to my questions in a short time and explains to me patiently even using her mealtime or between her meeting and make me feel that I have been very well take care and supported. I am so grateful and extremely satisfied. The excellent service, attitude, and culture of Metthew Garling and his team are second to none with a very high success rate. If you going to battle with your workplace injury for a short or long period, you are better off with Garling and Co. lawyers who are able back you up every step of the way. I strongly recommend it to anybody who needs their service like me. Julieread more
patrick P.
01:46 19 Dec 23
I like to say that I had a very wonderful experience,And the support, and also understanding with all my requests,I could not ask for a better team!Thank you Emma and also her assistant Rebecca... thank youread more
Kazi H.
13:38 13 Dec 23
Work cover fund is GOVT’S money but insurer think that it is from their 14th generation. So only they can have it. Not only that, people from the work, IME doctor from insurer, back to work... coordinator from work, Rehab provider from any side push the worker as hard as possible that the worker (doesn’t matter how the workers mental or psychical condition) either go back to his pre injury duty or leave the job.More over on that very bumpy any difficult journey some of them only treat the worker as a MONEY MAKING MECHINE .in some point worker feels like, no rooms to breath. On that moment need someone to support legally, someone to care, someone to relive.On my case I believe that, somehow, I manage to make my God happy. That’s why God sends me to Matthew Gerling and his team Allison, Rebecca and Nathan, and all of GARLING & co Lawyers.I am not good enough in English, can’t express my gratitude.Matthew, Allison, Rebecca and Nathan, please accept my appreciation and pass it to others.read more
Carol L.
01:32 29 Nov 23
Professional, understanding and friendly
Sean G.
23:21 14 Nov 23
Matthew Garling and everyone I spoke to at Garling and Co were kind, caring and compassionate. They were sensitive to my psychological condition and were patient in explaining everything to me, so... that I clearly understood the legal process. I am exceptionally grateful for the settlement outcome that Garling and Co obtained for me. Many thanks.read more
waqas A.
08:33 13 Nov 23
Great Experience with Garling & Co. Matthew explained everything in detail during the first appointment. Allison, Nathan, Rebecca and the staff have been extremely helpful. Thank You to the team and... lawyers at Garling & Co. for making the long process easy for me and getting an excellent outcome for my compensation claim.I would highly recommend Garling & Co. Lawyersread more
Saskia L.
21:42 08 Nov 23
The world of workers compensation is long, hard and confusing, but Emma and Rebecca at Garling & Co always treated my case with kindness, respect and understanding. No question was ever silly and... they always had time to make sure I knew what would happen next and how we could best prepare. I am so thankful for their expertise and could not have chosen anyone better to represent me.read more
Antonio P.
08:46 06 Nov 23
Thank you Matthew and his team for taking care of my case couldn’t ask for a better results and couldn’t have better team to do that thank you
Julie M.
00:40 06 Nov 23
Garlic & Co Lawyers have been wonderful, supporting me through some difficult times. With their assistance, positive outcomes were achieved. Many thanks to the Team.Julie

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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.

Kimberly B.
23:14 14 Feb 24
Mathew is very knowledgable and has been of great assistance to me. All the staff are friendly and helpful. I'm so happy I found this firm.Thank you Mathew and team for your great work in my case.... I am 100% happy with what you achieved for me.read more
Julie M.
10:16 16 Jan 24
My last stage of Workers compensation claim was managed by Emma Perkins, Natasha Stojanovic, Rebecca Dunshea and Kelli Robinson at Garling and Co. Lawyers who went the extra mile with their service... from the beginning to the end of 3 years of my case. I have become very anxious with almost everything after a workplace injury and a lot of times I probably ask more questions than I need to, but Emma Perkins always finds clear answers to my questions in a short time and explains to me patiently even using her mealtime or between her meeting and make me feel that I have been very well take care and supported. I am so grateful and extremely satisfied. The excellent service, attitude, and culture of Metthew Garling and his team are second to none with a very high success rate. If you going to battle with your workplace injury for a short or long period, you are better off with Garling and Co. lawyers who are able back you up every step of the way. I strongly recommend it to anybody who needs their service like me. Julieread more
patrick P.
01:46 19 Dec 23
I like to say that I had a very wonderful experience,And the support, and also understanding with all my requests,I could not ask for a better team!Thank you Emma and also her assistant Rebecca... thank youread more
Kazi H.
13:38 13 Dec 23
Work cover fund is GOVT’S money but insurer think that it is from their 14th generation. So only they can have it. Not only that, people from the work, IME doctor from insurer, back to work... coordinator from work, Rehab provider from any side push the worker as hard as possible that the worker (doesn’t matter how the workers mental or psychical condition) either go back to his pre injury duty or leave the job.More over on that very bumpy any difficult journey some of them only treat the worker as a MONEY MAKING MECHINE .in some point worker feels like, no rooms to breath. On that moment need someone to support legally, someone to care, someone to relive.On my case I believe that, somehow, I manage to make my God happy. That’s why God sends me to Matthew Gerling and his team Allison, Rebecca and Nathan, and all of GARLING & co Lawyers.I am not good enough in English, can’t express my gratitude.Matthew, Allison, Rebecca and Nathan, please accept my appreciation and pass it to others.read more
Carol L.
01:32 29 Nov 23
Professional, understanding and friendly
Sean G.
23:21 14 Nov 23
Matthew Garling and everyone I spoke to at Garling and Co were kind, caring and compassionate. They were sensitive to my psychological condition and were patient in explaining everything to me, so... that I clearly understood the legal process. I am exceptionally grateful for the settlement outcome that Garling and Co obtained for me. Many thanks.read more
waqas A.
08:33 13 Nov 23
Great Experience with Garling & Co. Matthew explained everything in detail during the first appointment. Allison, Nathan, Rebecca and the staff have been extremely helpful. Thank You to the team and... lawyers at Garling & Co. for making the long process easy for me and getting an excellent outcome for my compensation claim.I would highly recommend Garling & Co. Lawyersread more
Saskia L.
21:42 08 Nov 23
The world of workers compensation is long, hard and confusing, but Emma and Rebecca at Garling & Co always treated my case with kindness, respect and understanding. No question was ever silly and... they always had time to make sure I knew what would happen next and how we could best prepare. I am so thankful for their expertise and could not have chosen anyone better to represent me.read more
Antonio P.
08:46 06 Nov 23
Thank you Matthew and his team for taking care of my case couldn’t ask for a better results and couldn’t have better team to do that thank you
Julie M.
00:40 06 Nov 23
Garlic & Co Lawyers have been wonderful, supporting me through some difficult times. With their assistance, positive outcomes were achieved. Many thanks to the Team.Julie
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