Group B Streptococcus claims

Thankfully Group B Strep infections are rare. But occasionally infection can occur in new-born babies. It’s crucial that GBS is diagnosed and treated early.

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According to the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (pdf), the streptococcus B bacterium is carried by 20-40% of women in the UK.

There is a higher chance of infection if:

  • Your baby is born pre-term (before 37 weeks)
  • You have previously had a baby with a GBS infection
  • You’ve had a high temperature
  • Your waters have broken more than 24 hours before your baby is born.

What is Group B Streptococcus?

Also known as Group B Strep and GBS, it’s a type of bacteria carried in the digestive and lower reproductive tract. 

Women who test positive for GBS can have antibiotics administered before birth to prevent infection of the baby. However, testing is not routinely offered in the UK.

GBS can be treated with high doses of intravenous antibiotics.  If not treated promptly the infection can develop in to sepsis, pneumonia or meningitis.  This can leave babies with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, deafness and blindness, brain injury and learning difficulties.

Why make a Group B Strep claim?

If the condition has gone undiagnosed, or you received substandard or delayed treatment, then little can make up for the stress you’ve been through. But making a claim for compensation means you can worry less about the financial pressures of treatment and recovery.

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How can First4Lawyers help?

Our specialist solicitors know the ins and outs of making claims like these.  They know what documentary evidence is needed, and they know how to negotiate on your behalf. 

We also offer a No Win No Fee* service (England and Wales only, for medical negligence cases), which we will explain to you.

About No Win No Fee

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25% of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this but it will never be more. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

How much compensation will I receive for a GBS claim?

That very much depends on the extent of the condition and the negligent action. Our trained legal advisors will give you advice tailored to your individual circumstances.

 

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

There is usually a three-year period, but there are exceptions to this when it comes to medical negligence. 

For example, if you are making a claim for a child, you usually have until their 18th birthday to make a claim.

However, if you’re acting on behalf of someone who lacks mental capacity, there is no time limit.

We will be able to advise you accurately once we know your specific situation.

 

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

Get in touch with us for a free consultation.  We’ll ask you about your situation and advise you of your options.

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Jacqueline Batty

Jacqueline Batty

Head of Claims

Jacqueline is our head of claims.
She is a qualified solicitor and has practised as a specialist in personal injury cases. A recent addition to our team, Jacqueline has moved to a managerial and coaching role with us, where she is keen to continue the team's training and development to ensure every customer continues to get a first class service.

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