In this video, John McCarthy answers the frequently asked question, “In what sort of scenarios can I claim compensation as a mother?”
A mother can have a number of different scenarios in which she can claim compensation, but the umbrella answer is that she has to have suffered an injury of some kind as a consequence of the process. It could be that she has suffered an anatomical injury herself, which is quite typical in vaginal birth, for instance when there’s a tear and the extent of that tear and the way in which it’s managed afterwards can give a cause of action. Alternatively, she may have suffered psychological injuries where she hasn’t actually suffered any physical injury, but if her baby has been harmed by the substandard treatment that baby has received, and if the mother, as a consequence of seeing this, suffers from some psychological injury, then she’d be entitled to be compensated for that. So, there are a number of different scenarios under which a mother will be entitled to be compensated for personal injuries – whether they be physical or psychological – arising out of the birthing process.
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