Birth Trauma Canberra

Blumers are experienced in handling complex medical negligence cases, including birth trauma claims in the ACT, WA, NSW, VIC, & Tasmania.

Unfortunately, when medical professionals are providing care for a person giving birth, sometimes mistakes happen.

Sometimes those mistakes are negligent.

The legal procedures relating to birth trauma are complex and require detailed investigation and expert medical opinion.

Blumers can help you with your claim.


Canberra has some of the best doctors, midwives in the country as well as state of the art facilities, but unfortunately, things can go wrong and mistakes can be made.

You put your trust and your family’s trust in these experts and when mistakes are made –and they’re negligible- we can help you in your time of need.

Blumers Personal Injury Lawyers is your trusted resource for legal support and guidance in birth trauma cases. We understand the devastating impact that birth injuries can have on both the child and their family. Whether you're seeking information or legal representation, we are here to help you navigate this challenging journey.

What is Birth Trauma?

Birth trauma refers to any injury or trauma sustained by an infant during the process of labour and delivery. It can occur due to a variety of factors, including medical negligence, prolonged labour, improper use of birth-assisting tools, lack of oxygen, or other complications. Birth trauma can lead to severe physical, neurological, or developmental issues, impacting the child's quality of life and requiring extensive medical intervention.

Our Lawyers in Canberra are Experienced in Handling Birth Trauma Claims

Amy Burr, Chris Gribble and Shaynee Dennis as well as the rest of our team in Canberra are experts with regard to these difficult and sensitive claims.

While these lawyers are experts in their field and experienced with Birth Trauma Medical Negligence matters, they are parents themselves take the time to treat your traumatic experience with the compassion you deserve.

We have achieved large settlements for people with birth related injuries and trauma as well as for infants who have been injured as part of their birth.

You might have suffered as a result of;

  • a bad tear,
  • a pelvic injury as a result of shoulder dystocia
  • a complicated recovery due to mismanaged post-partum haemorrhage (blood loss)
  • injuries associated with retained placenta products
  • complications arising from an incomplete termination

These injuries can affect a woman’s life, her ability to have further children as well as cause lifelong continence and pelvic floor issues.

Our team of experts have successfully run claims on behalf of women who have suffered these injuries as well as others.

Your baby might have suffered as a result or even died. These can be times of great grief and our experts can be on hand to help you through.

Infants can have an injury, disability or illness that changes the course of their life, meaning that caring for them becomes a life long journey. You might need compensation for that.

These can be terribly difficult times, so you need a caring, considerate and experienced lawyer on your case.

Birth Trauma Claims in Canberra

Medical Negligence matters are complex in nature and it can be difficult to determine if you have a case for compensation or not. Following a difficult birth, you might have a lot of questions and not be sure about a lot of things, but you’re sure something is wrong. That is when we come in. Birth can be sometimes be the hardest thing you can go through and some pain and recovery time is normal, but if you or your baby have suffered greatly from a mistake or mismanagement, that is where compensation can come in.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists suggest that normal recovery time following birth is 4 to 8 weeks, so you might usually be planning to be at home nesting for that time, but you might have lost the ability to undertake the usual aspects of your life for longer than the usual amount of recovery time. Sometimes you won’t know you might be able to access compensation from your birth injuries until after this initial recovery time.

The best thing you can do is contact our trained claim inquires team to discuss what’s gone on and how your life has been impacted.

Seeking Legal Help: If you suspect that your child's birth trauma was caused by medical negligence or malpractice, it is crucial to understand your legal rights. The steps involved in pursuing a birth injury claim include:

  1. Gathering medical records and documentation
  2. Consulting with an experienced birth injury lawyer
  3. Evaluating the strength of your case
  4. Negotiating with insurance companies
  5. Preparing for litigation, if necessary
  6. Seeking compensation for medical expenses, ongoing care, pain and suffering, and more

At Blumers Personal Injury Lawyers, we are dedicated to advocating for families affected by birth trauma. Our compassionate team of birth injury lawyers is here to support you through every step of the legal process. Remember, you are not alone, and there is hope for justice and compensation. Contact us today for a confidential consultation and let us fight for your child's rights.

Contact Our Team in Canberra Today

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Birth Trauma FAQ

What are some common causes of birth trauma?

The most prevalent causes of birth trauma can include:

  • Failure to monitor foetal distress
  • Delayed or improper response to complications
  • Misuse of birth-assisting tools (forceps or vacuum extraction)
  • Failure to perform a timely caesarean section (C-section)
  • Inadequate prenatal care and monitoring
  • Failure to diagnose or treat maternal infections
  • Medication errors during pregnancy or delivery

When is a traumatic birth a compensation claim?

Some things are unavoidable in the birthing process, but we can achieve financial settlements for people who have had some kind of loss, be that inability to perform duties or work and so on. Your pain and suffering can also be claimed for. Some women also experience PTSD following a traumatic birth.

Can I get compensation for PPD?

Postpartum depression (PPD) can be normal for women after any birth. You may be entitled to compensation if your PPD has not been diagnosed or treated leading to other adverse events.

Can my birth partner be eligible for compensation too?

Your birth partner might have suffered as part of witnessing your traumatic birth in some way. This is usually termed as a nervous shock and may be eligible for compensation.

What time limits apply with this kind of case?

There are limits that apply to these kinds of cases and so it can be important to not delay contacting us. In the case of babies and infants, these time limits may not apply as the extent of their injuries or disabilites may not be clear until later.

If you have more questions about the claims process, read more on our FAQs page or call us for a free discussion about your case on 02 6208 2600.

Birth Trauma Example Cases

Sadly, you’re not alone with it comes to injuries to you or your baby as a result of a traumatic birth. Here we explore injuries resulting from the improper use of forceps, mismanagement of birth resulting in brain damage and cerebral palsy and poor maternal outcomes for a woman discharged form hospital too early.

“Often our clients don’t realise that they have a case until after they have a chat with us, so [we] encourage people to get in touch even if they are unsure at first.”

Disclaimer: This content is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Consult with a qualified lawyer for personalised guidance regarding your specific situation.

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