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Missed Diagnosis of Strep B

Group B Streptococcus, also known as GBS or Strep B infection, is a bacterium which is carried naturally and harmlessly by many. It usually lives in the gut or, in adult women, is often found in the vagina. Because of this there is a risk that the Strep B bacteria can be passed to babies during pregnancy and birth.

Strep B infections in babies can be very serious and should be treated immediately to prevent long term injuries. If a diagnosis of Strep B is missed by a medical professional, you should contact us today to discuss the possibility of investigating a missed diagnosis of Strep B compensation claim.

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If you believe that you or your child may have a compensation claim for the missed diagnosis of Strep B, then please get in touch. You can request a call by filling in the simple form or simply pick up the phone and dial our freephone number. We will make sure that you get to speak to a member of our team who can advise you on your options, completely free of charge.

After you first make contact, we will then:

  • Provide an analysis of your potential case
  • Advise whether you should pursue it further
  • Explore ways of funding your case with you if we believe you have a case

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Our expert lawyers – here to help you

All of our partners are accredited specialist practitioners with The Law Society. They have extensive experience in making compensation claims for the missed diagnosis of Strep B, on the behalf of the child and parents.

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Risk factors for Group B Strep infection

Carrying the GBS bacteria during pregnancy or even at birth does not automatically mean that a baby will become infected and ill.  The risks of illness are increased for pregnant women who (1) have the GBS bacteria late in their pregnancy or during the birth, (2) who have their baby prematurely, (3) if their waters broke more than 18 hours before the baby was actually born or (4) if the mother had an unusually high temperature during pregnancy.  This is not an exhaustive list. For more information you can refer to our specialist resource on birthing injuries and infections.

GBS can manifest itself in babies in a number of ways:

• Neonatal GBS is where the bacteria is transferred from the mother to her baby during pregnancy.

• Early onset GBS develops within the baby’s first few hours or days of life.

• Late onset GBS develops after the first week and within the first three months.

Assessment during the later stages of pregnancy, particularly when there are risk factors, should establish whether there is a risk of transferring GBS to the baby and effective preventative treatment can be provided. Where signs and risks of GBS are missed, or even dismissed as being another less serious condition, after your baby has been born, treatment may be delayed.  In either case delayed treatment can result in injuries that could have been avoided.

You may have a medical negligence claim if there has been a missed diagnosis of Strep B, so where the diagnosis of GBS ought to have been made by a competent doctor earlier than it was, and if the delay in diagnosis has caused harm to your baby.

There are two different types of damages:

  • compensation for pain and suffering (which is also called general damages).
  • compensation for specific financial losses which have already been incurred and which will be incurred in the future (these are called special damages).

When a child has suffered a serious injury with ongoing effects, which is often the case where there has been a missed diagnosis of Strep B, the amount of damages can be high, sometimes several million pounds. This is to ensure the child will receive the care and support they need for the rest of their life, and includes additional needs in terms of aids and equipment and therapies and housing.

The extent of the compensation will vary widely between cases depending on the injuries suffered.

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