Retained Placenta Negligence Claims

Throughout the process of pregnancy and birth, we rely on the expertise of medical professionals to monitor the health of the mother and baby.  Even once the baby is delivered, there are a number of eventualities that maternity specialists will be alert for, including the possibility of a retained placenta.  If the placenta is retained within the womb, it will be necessary for the medical team providing care to recommend and carry out the necessary treatment.  If mistakes have been made, you could be entitled to make a retained placenta compensation claim.

If you have suffered as a result of negligent care after a retained placenta, our compassionate and experienced ‘No Win No Fee’ medical negligence Solicitors will be able to assist you in bringing a compensation claim.  We know that money cannot make up for the pain you have suffered; however, we can get you answers as to how such negligence could occur and the funds you need to access care services.

Reasons for making a retained placenta negligence claim

All healthcare professionals involved in the delivery of your baby will be trained and aware of the risk of a retained placenta.  While this is not a common occurrence, it is their medical duty to spot the signs of a retained placenta and to act accordingly.  Circumstances for which you may be able to bring a retained placenta negligence claim include:

  • Failure to notice that some of the placenta was not delivered naturally
  • Delay in treating a retained placenta
  • Not operating to remove the retained placenta when needed
  • Errors made during surgery
  • Errors made during a Caesarean section

If you are unsure if what happened to you in relation to a retained placenta was medical negligence, contact our medical negligence claims team who will listen carefully and advise if you have a valid claim. Devonshires Claims’ highly experienced childbirth negligence Solicitors will support you through the whole process of obtaining compensation if you have experienced negligent care or treatment by a healthcare professional.  For more information or to start your free case evaluation, contact our ‘No Win No Fee‘ claims experts on 0333 900 8787, email or complete our online form.

Read our FAQs

The placenta (the organ that helps your baby grow and develop) is usually delivered after the baby is born – this is the third stage of labour.

On rare occasions, the placenta (or part of the placenta) is not fully delivered and remains within the uterus/womb.  It may be that while most of the placenta is delivered, remnants still remain.  If not diagnosed and treated properly, this can lead to life-threatening bleeding (primary postpartum haemorrhage) and infection.

There are three forms of retained placenta, as follows:

Placenta Adherens

Placenta adherens is the most common form of retained placenta and happens if the uterus does not contract enough to deliver the placenta.

Trapped Placenta

A trapped placenta happens when the placenta detaches from the womb but is not delivered. This may occur if the cervix closes too soon, causing the placenta to become trapped.

Placenta Accreta

With placenta accreta, the placenta is attached to the uterine wall as opposed to the uterine lining.  This can lead to severe bleeding and may necessitate a blood transfusion.

If not spotted following birth, symptoms may later develop, including:

  • a fever
  • a foul-smelling discharge from the vaginal area
  • large pieces of tissue coming from the placenta
  • heavy bleeding
  • persistent pain

A retained placenta is typically treated through ‘active management’ or ‘physiological management’.  Active management involves using  a synthetic version of the natural hormone, which is injected to encourage the uterus to contract and hence deliver the placenta.  Delivery of the placenta using active management typically occurs within 30 mins.

Physiological management involves not using medication, but waiting until the body expels the placenta naturally; this can take up to 1 hour.

If the placenta (or part of it) remain in the uterus, surgery may be required to remove it fully.

A retained placenta may occur as a result of:

It should be reiterated that these causes are rare, but they can and do happen in a small number of births.

Retained placenta medical negligence may cause:

You may have a valid compensation claim due to retained placenta medical negligence if it can be proven:

  • The duty of care was breached – i.e. the standard of care you received in relation to a retained placenta fell below a satisfactory standard, and;
  • The breach caused your injuries.

If this is true and can be backed up with evidence, you will most likely have a strong case for compensation.

By engaging the services of a specialist retained placenta medical negligence claims Solicitor, the case will be handled on your behalf, including collating the necessary evidence (medical records and correspondence) and writing to the organisation responsible for your care laying out the grounds for your claim.

Yes; the ‘limitation’ period to bring a claim for medical negligence is generally three years from the incident or date of knowledge of the injury.  This means that if you only became aware of the injury weeks, months, or even years after it was caused, the three-year period may commence from then.  If you were under 18 when the misdiagnosis occurred, the three-year timescale generally only starts from your eighteenth birthday.  In rare circumstances, the Court may use its discretion to extend the limitation period, but only for exceptional reasons, so it is important to contact us as soon as possible

Yes; Devonshires Claims can provide:

  • ‘No Win – No Fee’ claims service for retained placenta medical negligence compensation claims.
  • ‘No Win No Fee’ arrangements are also known as a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’. Under a No Win No Fee agreement, you will not be charged any costs if your case is not successful*.

For more information on our ‘No Win – No Fee’ agreement, please click here.

Medical negligence injury claims are rarely completed quickly.  The timescale for a retained placenta medical negligence claim will depend on the individual circumstances of your case; however, most cases take between two and three years to fully conclude.  Factors which will affect how long your claim takes may include:

  • how severely you were injured
  • the prognosis
  • whether ongoing care is required
  • how much rehabilitation is needed
  • whether you require costs to cover home modifications
  • Whether the defendant admits liability (if they do, claims can usually be concluded much faster).

Compensation claims for retained placenta medical negligence not only reflect the pain and suffering experienced but also:

  • Allow victims to obtain justice for the mistreatment and negligence they experienced
  • Highlight failings in clinical practice, standards of care and protocols
  • Provide families with an explanation of the incident and an apology if failings are acknowledged

The compensation payment will depend on several factors:

  • Your pain and suffering
  • Your prognosis
  • The impact of the delay and / or negligence on health and your quality of life – including current and future care requirements, medical aids, home adaptations or other necessary assistance
  • Any financial losses you have experienced as a result of the injuries – including past loss of earnings, medical expenses, travel expenses and equipment costs
  • Any future financial losses, e.g. loss of earnings, loss of promotion prospects, and pension

Compensation for retained placenta medical negligence fall into two main categories:

  • General compensation (General Damages): this includes compensation for pain and suffering and the impact of the injury on lifestyle and quality of life
  • Financial losses and expenses (Special Damages): these include the costs associated with private treatment, care support, travel expenses, other medical expenses, specialist equipment and loss of income.

Claim compensation for retained placenta and childbirth negligence

Devonshires Claims’ medical negligence and compensation claims experts will carefully assess your case and will tenaciously fight to obtain the maximum compensation for the injuries you have sustained.  Our team are compassionate and driven, and we will put you in touch with other support services such as counsellors and clinical case managers who can help you recover.

For more information on Devonshires Claims ‘No Win No Fee’  claims service or to start your free case evaluation, contact us today on 0333 900 8787, email or complete our online form.

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