Group B Streptococcus
Group B Streptococcus, Group B Strep or GBS is a common bacterial infection that can effect both adults and new born babies. For adults the condition is usually considered harmless if you are in a healthy condition however for new-borns it can cause Group B Strep disease which is far more serious.
The condition itself is not caused by any form of medical negligence however if a pregnant mother is not tested for the GBS in the final trimester it can unknowingly be passed to on to the child. It is imperative that an early diagnosis is made in order to treat the condition so that the baby can make a health recovery. Substandard care or treatment can lead to further complications and can increase the risk of Group B Strep causing long term life changing effects.
What are the risks of Group B Streptococcus?
There are various risks and tell-tale signs that your new born is suffering with Group B Strep disease and these should be picked up by a health professional. Early symptoms include:
- Difficulty feeding
Other symptoms include (usually associated with late-onset strep):
- Difficulty breathing
There is a small risk (around 6% chance) that new born babies can die from a GBS infection. It is also possible that an infected infant can be left with a long term disability such as:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Learning difficulties
This is a non-exhaustive list of long term conditions and there are other specific conditions associated with Group B Strep.
How Group B Streptococcus Negligence Occurs
No one is perfect and this includes medical professionals however there is a certain level of care that you and your baby should receive if there is any indication you carry Group B Strep or your baby has GBS disease. If you carry strep then you should be offered antibiotics during your pregnancy and birth to reduce the risk of your baby getting the infection.
If a medical professional fails to spot symptoms in your child that leads to long term effects then it is likely that there has been a case of medical negligence however you are best seeking legal advice to clarify your situation.
Claiming Compensation for Group B Streptococcus
Speak to The Medical Negligence Experts today to find out more about claiming compensation for Group B Strep. We can assist even if you are unsure whether you have grounds to make a claim. We are serious about assisting those who have been let down by their medical team and offer free, confidential advice to help you decide if and how to proceed with an application for and gaining compensation.
We can provide you with a free, no obligation service and access to our nationwide expert solicitors. The solicitors we work with reduce your financial risk of making a claim with a No Win No Fee* agreement.
The claims process is the same whether you experienced negligence under the care of an NHS or private practitioner. The only difference with the NHS is that they have an internal department for handling compensation and medicine claims.
Contact The Medical Negligence Experts today and find out more about how we can help you obtain maximum compensation for a Group B Strep compensation claim.
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