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Blackpool birth injuries lawyer highly ranked in legal directory

Blackpool based birth injuries specialist Diane Rostron has been ranked in the 2020 Legal 500 directory which recognises the top lawyers in the UK.

Ranked amongst large national medical negligence law firms with offices in the North West, Legal 500 describes Rostron as the ‘powerhouse behind a small team’ recognising her commitment and compassion towards clients.

A testimonial published in the annual directory said: “Diane Rostron’s dedicated support and personal commitment to clients, and their families, makes her stand out from others in the field. She is the most committed and compassionate of solicitors that I have come across in dealings with in excess of 50 UK and worldwide law firms.”

Commenting on her Tier 3 ranking, birth injuries lawyer Diane Rostron said: “Our dedication and focus for the past 20 plus years has been on clients first but we are delighted to be recognised amongst a number of specialist large firms for the service we deliver.

“Medical negligence, and birth injuries particularly, leave families in incredibly traumatic and challenging circumstances. The significant, and preventable, harm suffered lasts a lifetime. Our job of course is to secure the £multi-million settlements needed by these families in order to cover the extensive, and relentless costs of carers, therapy, equipment and other needs as a result of the injury sustained.

“These cases are complex, and we work tirelessly to not only secure justice for our families, but to support them through what can be a lengthy and difficult legal process. We get to know each and every client well in order to get a full picture of their individual circumstances and needs. Our support also continues long after a settlement is secured.

“To be recognised by barristers, other lawyers, medical experts and clients as amongst the best in the country, competing against much larger teams, is a fantastic accolade.”

Diane Rostron and her team secured £27 million in 2018 for a seven-year-old Blackpool boy left brain damaged following a birth injury.

To find out more about the families that the team have helped click here.

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An elective or planned caesarean may be the safest option according to recent study

Research published in PLoS Medicine in September 2019 found that once a woman had delivered a baby via a caesarean section, subsequent births were safer for mother and baby if a c-section was repeated rather than attempting a natural birth.

According to the study, which looked at 74,000 births in Scotland, 28.4% of the women who had previously had a c-section, but subsequently chose to deliver their next baby naturally, ended up having an emergency caesarean.

One in four babies are born by c-section in the UK – half of those are planned or elective c-sections and the other half are emergency caesareans when complications have arisen during a natural birth according to data published by the BBC.

While childbirth is the most natural thing in the world, it can prove risky if both mother and baby are not carefully monitored throughout – this applies to both vaginal and caesarean births. Pregnant women also have a right to be fully informed by medical staff in order to make the appropriate choice in their personal circumstances, taking into account their individual medical history.

Caesarean births have been subject to controversy, not least because many women are reportedly refused a c-section by their local hospital, often on the grounds of cost.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has a “woman-centred care” guidance in relation to c-sections which states that “pregnant women should be offered evidence-based information and support to enable them to make informed decisions about childbirth. Addressing women’s views and concerns should be recognised as being integral to the decision-making process.”

NICE guidelines are not always followed however, and many women find themselves refused a c-section or not being offered the option in the first place.

In August 2018, Birthrights published a report exposing that the majority of NHS Trusts made requesting a c-section an unnecessarily arduous process for pregnant women.

Its findings also found that nearly three quarters (74%) of NHS Trusts did not offer mothers the option of having a c-section in line with best practice guidance published by NICE.

The report also revealed that 15% of NHS Trusts had policies or processes that did not support giving mums the option.

There are pros and cons to vaginal versus caesarean births of course. However, what should be avoided are circumstances leading to medical intervention and an emergency c-section which can place both mother and baby at heightened risk.

An emergency c-section takes place when something has gone wrong. In some cases, this may be due to mother and baby not being monitored carefully enough by medical staff or complications arising during a natural birth because the mother has not been given the option, or has been refused, a caesarean.

In a small number of cases when things go terribly wrong, the baby can suffer severe injuries before, during or after birth, leading to lifelong physical, psychological and behavioural difficulties.

Prevention is key, and it is essential therefore, that pregnant women are provided with clear and transparent advice about all the available options. All mothers should also be given the choice of whether a natural or caesarean birth is the best method for the safe delivery of their baby. Their decision should always be respected in line with NICE guidance.

Our team of medical and legal experts specialise in acting for families who have suffered a preventable, and significant, birth injury. We understand the extensive financial, emotional and practical support needed by families who have been through this traumatic experience.

Our established team has extensive experience in handling complex birth injury claims with a strong track record of securing £multi-million settlements to help make life a little easier and ensure that lifelong support can be afforded.

For a free initial consultation, contact Diane Rostron and her team on 01253 766 559 or send a summary of your claim to dr@addies.co.uk

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