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Obstetrics & Gynaecology Claims
If a procedure related to obstetrics or gynaecology has been performed incorrectly or you have received the wrong treatment due to a misdiagnosis, JMW is here to help you make an obstetrics or gynaecology claim. Both areas significantly overlap and we are highly experienced in dealing with cases of this nature, and our expertise combined with our empathic approach will give you the best opportunity to secure the outcome you deserve.
Our team understands that injuries of this kind are a sensitive subject, and may be difficult to talk about. This is why we aim to handle all such cases sympathetically and discreetly. If you believe you have suffered unnecessarily due to the negligence of medical professionals, call us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
Obstetrics is the branch of health concerned with childbirth, and includes the care of the mother during and for a short time after pregnancy. Women are considered to be at their most vulnerable when pregnant and giving birth, and errors in care can be incredibly damaging to both the mother and baby. Common types of obstetrics claims include:
- Delays in diagnosis and treatment for conditions such as ectopic pregnancy, pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) and caesarean
- Problems concerning antenatal care
- Mistakes made during labour and delivery, including the use of forceps and damage to the mother and baby that could have been avoided
- Misinterpreting baby scans resulting in missed abnormalities, including cerebral palsy, Erb's palsy, prolapse of umbilical cord and spastic quadriplegia
- The majority of claims are on behalf of a baby, and JMW clinical negligence department is widely recognised as an expert in the field of cerebral palsy.
Gynaecology is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders in the female reproductive system and is related to obstetrics due to the effects clinical negligence errors during pregnancy can have on women. The most common types of gynaecological claims include:
- Failed sterilisation
- Failure to diagnose and treat cancer or an infection
- Substandard surgery, such as pregnancy termination and hysterectomy
If you believe you have suffered medical negligence during childbirth or surgery, you may be able to make a claim for the impact it has had on you and your child. This ranges from loss of earnings and medical care costs to adaptation of the home and compensation for pain and suffering caused.
If a misdiagnosis is made or a procedure performed incorrectly, this can have painful and devastating repercussions for the mother and, in some cases, the baby. At JMW, we are able to deal with a wide range of cases relating to obstetrics and gynaecology. These include:
- Epidural anaesthesia
- Failure of contraception
- Female sterilisation
- Urinary tract damage
- Vesico-vaginal fistula
- Conception and fertility
Case study about Sarah, who was born with significant physical disabilities due to a lack of action on her distressed heart rate while her mother was in labour.
Christine had 3 children all of whom were delivered by forceps. This resulted in a number of gynaecological problems. She underwent a posterior vaginal repair, a colposuspension and eventually had an abdominal hysterectomy.
Jane noticed a lump in her vagina which was not painful. Her gynaecologist diagnosed a urethral cyst but due to the proximity to the bladder he referred her on to a consultant urologist for treatment.
Kayleigh delivered her first baby by caesarean section, the baby was well and Kayleigh was looking forward to going home. However, Kayleigh became gravely ill with HELLP syndrome and was admitted to the intensive care unit.
Lucy was pregnant with her first baby and attended hospital to be induced.. There were difficulties progressing labour and she required an episiotomy.
Rita was injured when forceps were used negligently as she gave birth to her child. The resulting injuries, both physical and psychological, resulted in an award of compensation of £80,000.
When Felicity was 15½ weeks pregnant she underwent a scan at hospital and she was told the baby did not have a heart beat and was only 12½ weeks in size
After complaining of vaginal bleeding Mrs Smith, a fit 71 year old, underwent a hysteroscopy to remove a uterine polyp. She had previously had a number of similar polyps successfully removed by D&C (Dilation and curettage)
Case study of a new mother who was awarded £200,000 in compensation due to substandard care during labour.
JMW's team of experienced and approachable solicitors offer free initial advice on claims involving obstetrics and gynaecology. We have vast experience in dealing with claims of this nature, doing so in a sympathetic, sensitive yet determined way, ensuring you receive the support you need and giving you the best chance of securing the right outcome - one that can make a real difference to you and your family.
Our clinical negligence team is highly regarded throughout the UK. We have secured significant amounts for people who have suffered negligence of all types, and our team comprises members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor panel and the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence.