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Fetal Abnormality Screening Negligence
If you were not informed by a medical professional about potential problems with the development of your unborn child, JMW is here to help you claim the compensation you are owed. We understand that matters of this nature can be extremely upsetting and difficult, which is why we take a professional and sympathetic approach to every case we take on.
We have years of experience in fetal abnormality screening claims, representing families let down during this important screening process, when potentially serious injuries or other conditions in their unborn baby were not identified. Call us on 0800 054 6512 or allow one of our team to call you back by completing our online enquiry form.
Fetal - or antenatal - abnormality screening is offered by the NHS to women at various stages of their pregnancy so that doctors can scan for specific conditions at certain times in the baby's development.
Examples of conditions screened for at various stages in the pregnancy include:
- Down's syndrome
- Missing bones or limbs
- Spina bifida
- Brain defects
- Heart defects
Some screening is not diagnostic, and only offers a risk of abnormality, while other types are.
It is obligatory for medical professionals to offer screening at 18-20 weeks for physical abnormalities, as well as a screening test for Down's syndrome. However, the mother can refuse to partake in these tests if she wishes.
This 20-week scan, also referred to as a detailed ultrasound scan, mid-pregnancy scan or anomaly scan, involves gel being placed on the pregnant woman's stomach and an ultrasound device being passed forwards and backwards over the skin by the sonographer.
If you undergo this scan you will typically be presented with a 2D black and white image that shows a side view of your baby. Colour or 3D images are not provided by the NHS. This scan looks specifically for signs of the following:
- Open spina bifida
- Diaphragmatic hernia
- Cleft lip
- Lethal skeletal dysplasia
- Patau's syndrome
- Edwards' syndrome
- Serious cardiac abnormalities
- Bilateral renal agenesis
If a problem is detected, the medical professional carrying out the scan will typically seek a second opinion from another member of staff and you may be offered another test to be certain there is a problem. You should be offered information about these further tests to give you an idea of what to expect. If you feel you were not treated appropriately by medical professionals when undergoing your tests, you may be in a position to make a claim for compensation.
JMW has worked on many different cases involving fetal abnormality screening negligence. These types of cases can take many forms and some of the more common include:
- An abnormality missed during the screening
- Miscarriage caused by amniocentesis
- Screening has not been offered to the mother
At JMW our solicitors have for many years been successful at recovering compensation for women making fetal abnormality screening negligence claims.
With a department that is highly experienced and knowledgeable, as well as friendly and approachable, our clients can rest assured we will handle their case with care and dedication.
Our clinical negligence team includes members of the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel. It is headed by leading clinical negligence solicitor Eddie Jones.