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Polyhydramnios is a fairly common pregnancy condition, however, both mother and baby are at an increased risk of complications.
An accurate diagnosis of polyhydramnios is important to provide the optimum level of observation and treatment and to ensure the safety of both mother and baby. In instances where a medical professional fails to identify polyhydramnios or where treatment is not provided, a polyhydramnios claim may be sought.
Polyhydramnios is the term used when there is too much amniotic fluid around the baby during a pregnancy. Amniotic fluid refers to the fluid surrounding the baby, however, when there is too much fluid there is an increased chance of complications.
Polyhydramnios is usually detected during a routine ultrasound scan or midwife appointment, often in the latter stages of pregnancy.
There is often no clear cause of polyhydramnios, however there are some factors that can increase the possibility of polyhydramnios occurring. These include:
Where the mother presents with one of the above factors, it is important for medical professionals, particularly sonographers to consider that there is an increased risk of polyhydramnios. In instances where this is overlooked and there are adverse effects such as a life changing injury to the baby, then a polyhydramnios compensation claim may be sought.
The vast majority of women with polyhydramnios will go on to have a perfectly healthy baby and not experience any associated complications during their pregnancy. However, there is a slight risk of pregnancy and birth complications, including:
During the pregnancy, it may be necessary for a number of tests or checks to be carried out to ensure the safety of both mother and baby. This includes a blood test to check for diabetes, a further scan to examine the baby’s stomach, kidneys and bladder and in some instances amniocentesis. This is where some of the amniotic fluid is removed for testing.
Upon diagnosis of polyhydramnios, a medical professional should discuss the above risks and potential complications as well as discuss any further monitoring that may be required throughout the duration of the pregnancy.
As there is a slight increased risk of complications arising, if you have been diagnosed with polyhydramnios it is likely that your midwife or medical professional will encourage you to give birth in a hospital setting. This ensures that you have access to medical specialists as well as any equipment that may be required.
Usually, it will also be possible to wait and go into labour naturally, however, a midwife or medical professional may in some instances advise for labour to be started through an induction or an elective caesarean if it is thought that either you or the baby are at risk.
It may also be necessary for additional monitoring of the baby, both during labour and immediately after the birth. This is to ensure that the baby does not have any health condition and to provide prompt treatment, if required.
Medical professionals should advise on the above as part of your birthing plan.
Polyhydramnios is a common condition in pregnancy and whilst the majority of cases are completely harmless to both mother and baby, it is important to note that where suffering has occurred due to polyhydramnios negligence, a claim for compensation may be sought.
Unfortunately, polyhydramnios negligence can arise in a number of ways. This includes a failure to spot or identify the condition. Polyhydramnios is usually identified during routine midwife appointments and ultrasound scans, at the latter stage of pregnancy. However, if a medical professional fails to identify the condition or fails to carry out the necessary tests, both mother and baby may exposed to increased risk.
Polyhydramnios also increases the risk of potential injuries to mother and baby, such as post-partum haemorrhage, umbilical cord prolapse or the baby having a health condition. Medical professionals have a duty to inform mothers of these risks and to discuss any potential steps that can be taken to minimise the impact these may have, such as what a mother should do if her waters break early. Where this advice has not been given or where an injury has been sustained as the result of negligence, polyhydramnios compensation may be sought.
Making a claim for polyhydramnios compensation can a daunting step. As specialist birth injury lawyers, our team has extensive experience in representing families who have suffered adversely as a result of negligent care.
A polyhydramnios claim can help to provide financial security by assisting in the cost of future medical expenses, protecting against current and future loss of earnings and providing additional medical treatment as required. This can enable you and your family to focus on what is important, without the stress and worry of financial constraints.
Many families also feel that pursuing a birth injury claim is an important step in the recovery process by ensuring the NHS or private hospital actively reviews the circumstances surrounding their case, in the hope that learnings can be made, and future incidents avoided.
As specialist polyhydramnios compensation lawyers, Blackwater Law appreciate the importance of your claim. Our team has extensive experience in advising and representing clients in relation to a wide range of birthing and maternity incidents sustained by mothers and children, during pregnancy or post-partum.
Our team is accredited as one of the leading teams of medical negligence lawyers in the South East, by the Legal 500, a ranking of the UK’s top law firms in various specialist legal areas.
If you have had polyhydramnios or believe you may be eligible to pursue a polyhydramnios claim for compensation, call our team on 0800 083 5500.