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Gynaecology Negligence Claims

Gynaecology Negligence Claims


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    If your gynaecologist treated you negligently causing you to suffer avoidable pain, trauma or complications, then you may be entitled to make gynaecology negligence claims.

    When a woman begins to feel something wrong in her body, she goes to see her doctor. This doctor who is a specialist in women’s health is a gynaecologist. Your gynaecologist should listen to you, take note of your symptoms, conduct the necessary tests and make the right diagnosis.

    Gynaecology Negligence Claims

    There are mistakes that your doctor can make which will lead to both traumatic and life-changing injuries for you. For instance, mistakes such as failure to refer you for appropriate tests, misdiagnosis and other unnecessary mistakes. When this happens, you may have strong grounds to make a claim and be entitled to compensation.

    Gynaecology negligence claims therefore refers to when an individual takes legal action against a gynecologist for actions or inactions, substandard care and other forms of negligent treatment which have caused the individual avoidable harm, pain, trauma or complications.

    Why make Gynaecology Negligence Claims?

    Making a claim for gynaecological negligence for you or a loved one has suffered unnecessarily does the following;

    • Helps you obtain a deserving compensation for your suffering.
    • Is an effective way of making the hospital make adequate improvements to avoid a recurrence of the unfortunate incident.

    Making claims is therefore more than just being compensated. It is more about making the institution see their wrongdoing and take necessary precautions to forestall any future occurrence.

    A Gynaecologist Duty Of Care

    Like every other medical professional, gynaecologists owe a duty of care to their patients. They are therefore to ensure that they provide accurate, standard and effective medical care to their patients in a clean, safe and conducive environment. 

    In general, they are expected to carry out the following;

    • Perform periodic check-ups and routine medical examinations
    • Perform surgical procedures accurately
    • Perform scans and interpret scan results appropriately
    • Monitor the development of the foetus and health of the mother during pregnancy
    • Manage high risk cases professionally, example; pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH)
    • Spot early warning signs for cervical, ovarian cancer, etc.
    • Diagnose ectopic pregnancies
    • Selecting an appropriate delivery method, opting for the proper assisted delivery method when necessary
    • Interpret cardiotocography (CTG) traces of the baby’s heart rate, quickly diagnose any abnormality and recognise the need for birth by C-Section, if need be.
    • Manage delivery of the baby appropriately to avoid unnecessary damage to the mother and baby.
    • Avoid damage to the patient’s bladder, uterus and bowel during C-section
    • Suture episiotomies correctly

    When a gynaecologist fails in his or her duties, it can lead to very traumatic and devastating outcomes. In cases such as this, you may have strong grounds to make a claim

    Gynaecology Claims We Handle

    The following are some of the gynaecology claims we undertake; 

    Unfortunately, in severe cases, errors in obstetric care can cause injuries both to the mother and to the unborn baby. Possible outcomes include cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, dislocated hips and, in the worst cases, death.

    Negligence In Gynaecology Treatment

    Medical negligence can happen in several ways in obstetrics and gynaecology care. When they occur, they can cause harm to either the mother or the unborn baby or both of them. For example, negligence during childbirth can cause cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy or even lead to fatality.

    The following are examples of medical negligence in gynaecology treatment;

    • Failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis or wrong diagnosis of, illnesses and cancer conditions such as cervical cancer, endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer
    • Failure to carry out the proper tests, scans before making diagnosis or dismissing patient complaints. For example, failing to carry out smear tests to diagnose cervical cancer
    • Mistakes during IVF procedures
    • Failing to follow up on abnormal cervical smear results.
    • Surgical mistakes, such as avoidable injuries to the bowel or bladder during hysterectomies or caesarean section
    • Negligent forceps delivery causing injury to mother and child
    • Wrong choice of assisted delivery technique. For instance, electing to carry out forceps when Caesarean section is recommended
    • Failure to diagnose third degree tears after childbirth
    • Mistake in taking a patient’s history
    • Misinterpreting the scan or test results, failing to read X-rays correctly
    • Wrong treatment or prescribing the wrong medication
    • Retained swabs and retained instruments
    • Not taking the patient’s medical history into account or mistakes while taking patient’s history
    • Neglecting the patient
    • Tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) damage to obturator nerve
    • Keyhole surgery (laparoscopy) errors
    • Episiotomy in the wrong place and inadequate repairs to episiotomy and tears
    • Unnecessary hysterectomies
    • Poorly performed surgical techniques including colposcopy, dilatation and curettage as well as pelvic floor procedures
    • Incorrect insertion of an intrauterine contraceptive coil
    • Failing to get proper consent of the patient before performing any medical procedures
    • Inadequate post-surgical monitoring
    • Failed tubal ligation (failed sterilisation).
    • Failed abortions.

    How Do I Prove My Gynaecology Negligence Claim?

    In order to prove your claim, you will have to establish that your gynaecologist indeed acted negligently. You have to show he or she failed in his or her duty of care.

    Also, show that such breach of duty of care caused you to suffer unnecessary pain and complications. You therefore need to demonstrate both liability and causation.

    In summary, you will need to demonstrate that-

    • Your Gynaecologist owed you a duty of care
    • He or she breached or failed in that duty of care
    • You have suffered unnecessary pain, trauma, complications or losses due to that breach of duty of care

    There are several documents our solicitors will require from you to help prove this claim.  We can also assist you make them available if you are unable to bring them. Also, we will make available to you a Medical Specialist who will examine the mother and child and give a proper report of your condition. This report will be very vital in the claims process.

    These documents include;

    • Detailed statements including dates of appointment, the hospital staff who attended to you, and how the events transpired
    • Medical test results and scans
    • Witness statements
    • Evidence of financial losses incurred, out-of-tree expenses
    • Photographs
    • Medical Report from an independent medical expert

    Medical Claims Procedure for Gynaecology Negligence 

    During our free consultation session, our expert Solicitors will listen to your story and make professional assessment of your case. They will also explain to you in very clear and unambiguous terms what the claims process entails. 

    Below is a summary of the steps to make your gynaecological negligence claims process;

    • Speak with your lawyer
    • Fund Your Claim
    • Gather your Evidence
    • Proving liability
    • Negotiations between both parties
    • Agreement of Settlement Fee and Payment of Settlement

    You may wish to make complaints before making your actual claims. This may help you understand really what went wrong, and know if you really have a claim. If that be the case, you will need to write to the NHS requesting explanations for what happened to you.

    Your complaint’s letter should get to the NHS within 12 months of becoming aware of the medical negligence you suffered. It should be addressed to the Practice Manager or the NHS commissioning body. The NHS PALS can also guide you on how to make your complaints. 

    Your letter should be written in a precise manner and devoid of any abusive remarks. The NHS will notify you upon receipt of your letter within 4 working days. You will also get a formal response to your complaint usually with four months

    The following information should be added to your complaint letter

    • The main subject or title of your complaint
    • The gynaecologist involved
    • Full statement of what happened
    • How you would want to be contacted for further discussions 

    If you wish to make a complaint on behalf of a loved one, you may be required to show proof that you are the next of kin or were authorized to make complaints on their behalf.

    If your complaints were not handled to your satisfaction by the NHS during the first resolution stage, the next thing to do is to write to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO). The PHSO is an independent body from the NHS and the government which makes investigations into medical negligence complaints that were not resolved in the local resolution stage.

    You will need to keep safe all documents pertaining to your original complaints as they will be required while writing to the PHSO. You can find guidelines on how to make your complaints to the Ombudsman on their website.  

    Alternatively, If you require our help with your complaints, we will be glad to assist you. 

    How Much Compensation Can I Get For My Gynaecology Negligence Claim?

    Obstetrics and gynaecology injuries are different in terms of location, type and severity. This therefore affects the amount you will receive as compensation. Your settlement payout is not fixed but depends on the issues surrounding your case. 

    Gynaecological compensation payouts can sometimes be large especially where it affects the child. This is so that it will reflect the lifelong care that the child may need. It will also cover any life-changing disabling conditions the mother may have suffered. Additionally, if specialist equipment will be needed, to make life easier, it will also reflect on the total settlement payout. 

    Other factors which determine your final compensation amount include-

    • financial losses, 
    • future prognosis, 
    • travel expenses for medical appointments and costs of further treatment, 
    • costs of hiring caregivers and 
    • housing adjustments 

    According to the NHS, the average medical negligence claims compensation amount is £50,000. However, compensation amounts for medical negligence range between £1,000 to several millions of pounds. 

    Time Limit For Making A Negligence Claim

    The Limitation Act of 1980 stipulates a three-year time limit for making a negligence claim. This is counted from the date the medical negligence occurred or your date of becoming aware of it.

    There are a few exceptions to this rule. Please read out medical negligence time limit page for more on this.

    Why Choose Medical Negligence Direct?

    Our Medical negligence solicitors here at MND are specialists in gynaecology negligence claims. Our solicitors are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. We also have many years of experience handling different medical negligence claims.

    We have successfully represented clients who have had to make gynaecology negligence claims such as wrongful pregnancy after female sterilisation, medical negligence leading to infertility as well as misdiagnosed miscarriage. We have also secured for clients, compensation for unnecessary hysterectomy, sterilisation failure among other gynaecology related negligence claims.

    Our legal team is very friendly, approachable and dedicated to ensure that clients get the best possible legal representation. Our female advisors are also very sympathetic, understand your plight and know how best to present your case.

    We will also assist you in whatever way you require to recover fully or as much as is possible. We share in your suffering and will ensure that the claims process is not a burden to you & we will also secure interim payments for you to help with your financial needs.

    Importantly, we undertake your claims on a no-win-no-fee basis, meaning that there is no financial risk to you. You do not have to put off making your claims for fear of legal fees. Even if the claims are not successful, you will not be required to make any payments.

    You can call our negligence claim phone line on 0800 644 4240 to get started in your claims. Alternatively, you can fill out our online free claim assessment form

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