Gynaecology & Pregnancy claims
All women will experience gynaecological care at some point in their lives, be it during a pregnancy, a routine cervical smear test, or for more serious medical procedures such as a hysterectomy. Although most care is without fault, sometimes mistakes are made and women experience health problems.
If you have suffered as a result of negligent treatment you could be entitled to make a claim. Contact TRUE Solicitors today for a free, no obligation assessment of your case.
TRUE Solicitors has a team of specialist lawyers whose experience and expertise can help you to obtain the maximum compensation in the shortest possible time.
What is classed as a pregnancy claim?
Women expect to receive the best standard of care possible during pregnancy. Sadly, some women will receive substandard care which can lead to:
- Internal bleeding.
- Perineal tears.
- Mistakes made in episiotomies or suturing tears.
- A retained placenta.
- Infertility problems.
If you have suffered from any of the above problems, TRUE Solicitors may be able to assist you in making a claim.
Birth injuries and cerebral palsy claims
TRUE Solicitors act with care and compassion, to seek justice and compensation for clients who have suffered birthing injuries, or who have had children who developed cerebral palsy due to medical negligence.
Cerebral palsy is the medical term used to cover a range of neurological conditions. It affects a person’s coordination, muscle control, reflexes, posture and balance. Babies can develop cerebral palsy before, during and soon after birth, as a consequence of brain injury caused by:
- The mum catching an infection during pregnancy.
- Failure of medical practitioners to deliver the baby early enough via caesarean section, leading to limited or interjected oxygen supply to the brain.
- Failure of medical practitioners to monitor the baby’s heartbeat.
- A premature or difficult birth.
- A bleed on the baby’s brain.
- Gene defects affecting the development of the brain.
- If your child was born with cerebral palsy, as a result of brain damage caused by negligent medical care, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Our expert medical negligence solicitors will also be able to assist you in making a claim if you have suffered a birth injury caused by a medical professional, such as:
- Brachial plexus injuries.
- Failure to spot and treat hemorrhages.
- Mishandling of pregnancy and/or labour.
- Failure to spot and manage birth defects.
What is classed as a gynaecology claim?
Claims arising from negligent gynaecological care include treatment for:
- Ovarian cysts.
- Uterine cysts.
- Uterine fibroids.
- Urinary incontinence.
- Urogynaecological symptoms.
- Vaginal prolapse.
- Menstrual disorders.
- Hysterectomy procedures.
- Laparoscopic surgeries.
Women who have suffered due to negligent medical care or surgery associated with gynaecological procedures, can be left with devastating effects, such as urinary incontinence, severe abdominal and pelvic pain, inability to have sexual intercourse, and temporary or permanent infertility.
How much will it cost to make a pregnancy/gynaecology claim?
TRUE Solicitors will manage your claim on a ‘No win, no fee’ basis, so there is no financial risk to you. Our charges are dependent upon the individual type of case, and are typically a percentage of the compensation that we obtain for you. The charges will be no more than 25% of your compensation amount.
How Long Will My Claim Take?
The length of medical negligence claims depends on whether the other party admits fault, the severity of the injury and the extent of the claim for losses and expenses. Straightforward medical negligence claims may settle within a few months, whereas complex cases may take in excess of a year.
How do I start a pregnancy/gynaecology claim?
If you believe that you or a loved one has a claim for the negligent care that you have received, contact TRUE Solicitors today to speak to a member of our medical negligence team. We offer an initial, free, no obligation assessment of your case.
Submit Your claim – we will establish who was at fault and submit a claim on your behalf.
Gather the Evidence and Arrange Treatment – we will collect all of the evidence needed to prove your claim, arrange a medical examination for you, and if appropriate arrange treatment to assist with your recovery.
Win Your Claim – we will fight hard on your behalf to recover maximum compensation in the shortest time.
TRUE Case Studies
Patient receives a five figure sum following the failure to remove a suture during surgery:
What happened: Our client was pregnant and underwent a cervical suture insertion to reinforce her cervix during pregnancy (this is a treatment where a stitch is placed in or around the cervix in circumstances where the cervix starts to shorten and open too early during a pregnancy, which can cause either a late miscarriage or premature birth). Subsequently the pregnancy was beset with significant complications and difficulties, leading to a medical termination, during which there was a failure to remove the cervical suture.
The effect on our client: The failure in removing the suture led to distressing gynaecological symptoms and abdominal pain necessitating numerous medical appointments and internal examinations. She required multiple courses of antibiotics and underwent ultrasound scanning. She also developed psychiatric symptoms in response to her ongoing physical symptoms. The suture was eventually removed after a period of approximately 5 years.
How TRUE Solicitors were able to help: We brought a claim on behalf of our client on the grounds that there was a failure to remove the suture, resulting in 5 years of symptoms and medical investigations that could have otherwise been avoided. No admissions were made by the Defendant and Court proceedings were commenced. Whilst the Defendant maintained its position, we were able to negotiate settlement once we had finalised our medical evidence.
Level of settlement achieved: £15,000
Practice area: Medical Negligence – obstetrics & gynaecology