Pregnancy and Gynaecology Claims

If you believe that you have been harmed by medical negligence relating to gynaecological surgery, procedures or misdiagnosis, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Whether the harm relates to pregnancy, childbirth, hysterectomies, laparoscopies or other procedures, negligent care or treatment could form the grounds of a gynaecological compensation claim.

Devonshires Claims’ medical negligence experts have a wealth of experience in supporting patients with pregnancy and gynaecological claims. These could include:

If you believe that your gynaecologist, obstetrician, nurse, midwife or anaesthetist has made mistakes in the treatment provided, you could be entitled to compensation. The compensation awarded will reflect your pain and suffering and also provide for any restorative treatment required, care needs and current and future financial losses, including loss of income, if you have been unable to work due to the negligence.

If we believe that you have the grounds for a compensation claim, we will support you by providing a ‘No Win – No Fee’ agreement. This means that you will not be charged any upfront legal costs in order to start your claim and if your claim is not successful, you will not incur any costs*

To start your free case evaluation, contact our gynaecological claims experts on 0333 577 9444, email cn@devonshires.co.uk or complete our online form.

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Gynaecology is the field of medicine relating to the female reproductive system. This includes conditions relating to fertility, conception, childbirth as well as functional matters such as uterine and pelvic conditions.

Gynaecological injuries refer to negligence or mistakes made by healthcare professionals when dealing with gynaecological patients.

In order to prove medical negligence, it must be shown that:

  1. The GP, nurse, midwife, surgeon, consultant or other healthcare professional, owed a duty of care, and
  2. The duty of care was breached, and
  3. The negligence directly resulted in injury or harm to the patient.

Gynaecological injuries could relate to:

  • General gynaecological surgery and negligence claims including a negligent laparoscopy procedure.
  • Hysterectomy related compensation claims
  • Delayed or misdiagnosis of gynaecological and pregnancy-related conditions eg. the misdiagnosis of endometriosis; misdiagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy
  • Fertility, pregnancy and childbirth-related gynaecological claims
  • Conception and fertility claims
  • Failed sterilisation
  • Failed abortion

Devonshires Claims’ medical negligence experts have secured compensation for women who have experienced a range of gynaecological diagnosis, treatment and surgical errors. Some of these mistakes have related to the following areas:

General gynaecological claims

  • Injuries resulting from negligent keyhole (laparoscopic) investigations or surgery. These could include perforation and damage to the bladder, bowel, uterus and abdominal wall.
  • Negligent gynaecological surgery associated with pelvic floor repairs and dilation, curettage ( D & C) claims, and fibroid removal (myomectomy)
  • Negligent gynaecological surgery associated with the removal of one or both fallopian tubes or ovaries.
  • Other negligent gynaecological surgery and treatments leading to pain, infection, urinary and faecal incontinence, and sexual and fertility problems.
  • Damage to the obturator nerve resulting from tension-free vaginal tape (TVT)
  • Failure to obtain consent from a patient or the failure to explain the risks of surgery or a procedure
  • Retained swabs or instruments during gynaecological surgery
  • Anterior and posterior negligent repair claims
  • Anaesthetic errors during a gynaecological procedure or surgery
  • Negligent surgery or care associated with vaginal rejuvenation (including vaginoplasty, vulvaplasty and labiaplasty) resulting in bladder injury, infection, pain and blood loss.

Hysterectomy related compensation claims

  • Unnecessary hysterectomy
  • Unnecessary hysterectomy following a Cesarean section
  • Failure to obtain consent from a patient or the failure to explain the risks of a hysterectomy
  • Injury to the bowels, bladder, ureter or abdominal wall during a hysterectomy

Delayed or misdiagnosis of gynaecological and pregnancy related conditions

  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer including , ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) – including mistakes made when reviewing smear test results or mismanaging test results
  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of gynaecological infections, including Chlamydia and pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of endometriosis
  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis or pregnancy-related conditions such as ectopic pregnancy, Hellp Syndrome, pre-eclampsia, miscarriage

Fertility, pregnancy and childbirth related gynaecological claims

Failed sterilisation or abortion

  • Failed sterilisation and subsequent wrongful birth
  • Failed abortion and subsequent wrongful birth
  • Perforation of the uterus/bowel during an abortion

If you believe that you received negligent care or mistakes were made in your gynaecological care or surgery, and these directly resulted in physical or psychological harm, you could be entitled to compensation.

The first step in making a compensation claim is to contact an experienced medical negligence solicitor  -with specialist skills in gynaecological injuries – in order to discuss the circumstances of your case.

The solicitor may require further information, including your medical reports, and a case assessment from medical experts.

Devonshires Claims’ medical negligence lawyers provide a free case evaluation. If we believe that you have a strong case for a gynaecological or pregnancy related compensation claim, we will support you by providing a ‘No Win – No Fee’ agreement.

Medical negligence or mistakes in gynaecological care, treatment or surgery can have devastating effects on a woman – both physically and emotionally and could seriously affect fertility or the ability to conceive.

Therefore calculating compensation for such mistakes can be a complex process. For more advice or to obtain a potential compensation figure, please contact Devonshires Claims for a free case evaluation.

There are two types of compensation or ‘damages’ awarded to victims of medical negligence. These are:

  • General damages
  • Special damages

General damages

General damages reflect the harm and injury that you sustained and the impact on the quality of your life. This includes your pain and suffering, emotional trauma and the impact on activities that you previously enjoyed.

Special damages

Special damages reflect your financial losses – past, current and future- resulting from the medical negligence.

These often include:

  • Personal care and assistance needs
  • Accommodation and home adaptation costs
  • Travel costs – to and from health providers
  • Restorative Medical treatment – you can recover costs for private medical care and treatment even if the negligence occurred in an NHS facility.
  • Medication costs
  • Loss of earnings including loss of promotion
  • Other miscellaneous financial losses

Calculating compensation for medical negligence can be a complex process. Devonshires Claims’ experts have supported clients in obtaining the maximum compensation payment by carefully determining the impact of the injury on their health and well being  and future earnings capacity. This calculation should be determined by specialist medical negligence solicitors who have experience in supporting clients with varying financial and employment circumstances eg. self employment.

Medical negligence claims, including gynaecological claims, must be made within three years of the date of the incident – or the date on which you became aware of the effects of the negligent care, treatment or surgery.

Children

Compensation for a child who has sustained an injury as a result of gynaecological errors, can be made by a parent or guardian at any point before their 18th birthday. Once they turn 18 they can bring their own compensation claim within three years.

Mental Capacity

A child or adult without capacity to run a claim, may not have a time limit within which to bring a claim.  We recommend that you contact Devonshires Claims if you have any queries involving those who lack capacity and our specialist solicitors will be able to assist.

We also recommended that your start your gynaecological misdiagnosis or negligence claim as soon as possible. This will also help with remembering the events and advice provided – with more detail and accuracy.

Why choose us to support your pregnancy and gynaecological compensation claim?

Unfortunately medical negligence and errors do happen throughout GP centres and hospitals – both NHS and private.

By taking the steps to start your claim, you have the opportunity to:

  • Help prevent similar harm from occurring to other patients
  • To make the health authority acknowledge the mistakes made
  • and to secure the justice and compensation you deserve.

For a free case evaluation of your potential pregnancy and gynaecological negligence claim, contact our experienced and compassionate medical negligence solicitors today. We will deal with your claim with sensitivity and keep you informed at every stage of the legal process.  Call us today on Call 0333 577 9444, email cn@devonshires.co.uk or complete our online form.

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