Gynaecology Negligence Solicitors & Obstetrics Negligence Compensation Claims
If you have encountered gynaecology negligence during pregnancy or childbirth, Sheldon Davidson Solicitors can help you with a compensation claim.
Proper medical care is vital during pregnancy and childbirth, and you should be able to rely on medical professionals throughout this time. However, gynaecology negligence can cause potentially serious problems that may drastically alter the lives of parents and newborns.
If this happens, the specialist medical negligence solicitors at Sheldon Davidson Solicitors may be able to help you.
Pick up the phone and contact one of our specialist Gynaecology Negligence Lawyers today for an honest and confidential conversation to establish, first and foremost, whether there is a case to answer. If so, we will fight for you on a no win no fee basis.
It is important that pregnancies are appropriately monitored to ensure the health of mother and baby, and this includes spotting potential problems early enough to prevent them from occurring later on.
You may be eligible for compensation if an issue is missed during scanning, while any medication given to the mother must not pose a risk to the baby’s health.
Complications during childbirth is every parent’s nightmare, and if it transpires that your medical team were at fault then your chances of a successful compensation claim are increased.
One of the most common cases of this nature involves a delay in childbirth, which can cause the baby’s brain to be starved of oxygen. This can result in conditions such as cerebral palsy. Indeed, a delay or failure in treatment of any illness could have serious long term consequences.
Medical negligence can also occur during a caesarean delivery, with previous cases dealing with anaesthetic failure, defective medical products or surgical tools and mistakes made during the operation itself.
In some cases, it may be that a couple or individual did not want a child at all, and in fact took steps to prevent childbirth such as sterilisation or other contraceptive procedures.
If this has failed and a pregnancy occurs, there have been instances of parents successfully claiming against hospitals for the money required to raise the child.
Do you believe you or a loved one
has suffered as a result of
gynaecological or obstetrics negligence?
All women, even those who have no desire to become pregnant, will receive some form of gynaecological care during their lives.
For many women though, who do wish to have children the journey to becoming pregnant and eventually delivering a healthy baby can require significant, specialist medical support and intervention. The road can be fraught with difficulty and a high degree of risk, due to the level and type of medical intervention required in some cases.
When things go wrong, either on the journey to becoming pregnant, during pregnancy itself, or during childbirth, the emotional impact can be devastating.
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered as a result of Gynaecological or Obstetrics negligence then first of all you have our utmost sympathy.
We understand how sensitive and emotional these cases can be and with that in mind we assign only specially trained lawyers with the right experience and conduct to support clients seeking financial compensation.
We understand also how daunting it can be to take that first step and that the legal process can seem cold and in total paradox with the emotion attached to the desire to become a mother.
Let us reassure you though that once you take that first step and pick up the phone for a free initial consultation with one of our specially trained lawyers you will feel completely at ease. They will listen reassuringly to the specific circumstances of your case and then advise with a high degree of certainty whether you are entitled to pursue a claim for financial compensation.
During the consultation you will experience first-hand the sensitive and empathic approach we pride ourselves on and for which we are recognised across Greater Manchester.
We are the go-to law firm for cases like these and our track record is unsurpassed. If you choose Sheldon Davidson to represent you, you can rest assured you will be in the safest of hands.
Types of gynaecological negligence
Pregnancy and the successful birth of a healthy child is a wonderous and joyous milestone for any parent(s) no matter what form the journey to that point has taken. It remains a modern wonder of both nature and medical science and for some would be parents it is the advances in fertility treatment which provide hope and possibility of making this dream a reality. There are however many complications which can occur during pregnancy and childbirth, some of which can endanger the life of both the unborn child and the expectant mother. As such, the medical professionals assigned to provide care have a huge responsibility to ensure the right level of expert care is provided at all times and especially in cases of emergency where time is of the essence.
Mistakes do happen though and some examples of the types of negligence for which financial compensation has previously been awarded include:
1. Infertility problems
Failure to detect an ectopic pregnancy can result in a medical emergency, which in some cases can lead to the removal of one or both fallopian tubes, an ovary (or ovaries), or the uterus. This can significantly reduce, or even eliminate the chances of the woman becoming pregnant naturally in the future and the emotional impact can be devastating.
This can be a very serious and not uncommon complication during pregnancy. Regular ante-natal checks should pick it up and trigger the right medical intervention, but if left undetected and allowed to progress the condition can be fatal for the baby, the mother or both. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the condition and if detected the Obstetrician must take a decision on whether to allow the pregnancy to continue or induce the baby early. Both scenarios have some level of risk and as such proper and expert care is essential to ensure the right choice is made for everyone involved.
3. Non-diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes
Gestational Diabetes can pose a serious threat to the health of the unborn baby and that of the mother and as such requires early detection and careful monitoring by medical professionals. Once detected it is easily treated by maintaining blood glucose within healthy levels. In cases where the condition goes undetected it can result in injury to the baby, or in the worst case stillbirth.
4. Retained placenta
Once a baby has been delivered it is the responsibility of the Obstetrician or Midwife assigned to ensure the delivery of the afterbirth or placenta. In cases where any portion of the placenta is retained in the womb it can result in an infection which, in the worst cases, can lead to the woman requiring a hysterectomy, resulting in infertility.
5. Perineal injury
Although it is very common for women to suffer perineal tears during childbirth there are some cases where the injuries occur due to a failure to intervene appropriately. This can result in very severe tears which can have lasting and traumatic consequences for the mother, such as chronic pain, incontinence and loss of sensation.
6. Child brain injury
Child brain injury can occur during a traumatic childbirth or as a result of the unborn child being deprived of oxygen during delivery. For the baby this can mean permanent brain damage known as Cerebral or Erb’s Palsy.
7. Injury through assisted delivery
Once labour is in progress and the baby is in the birth canal it is imperative that the health of both the mother and baby is carefully monitored. In some cases, the baby can become distressed and emergency intervention or ‘assisted delivery’ becomes necessary. This can take place using a ventouse or forceps. In cases of negligence excessive force or wrongful application can result in injury to the mother and / or child.
Failure to diagnose
In addition to the above there is also an essential duty of care for the mother and her unborn child all the way through pregnancy and childbirth. For this reason, pregnant mothers are assigned a Midwife and encouraged to attend regular ante-natal check-ups and screenings to ensure any complications can be detected, diagnosed and treated appropriately.
Any failure to diagnose something which eventually results in harm to the baby, mother or both can be considered medical negligence and is therefore seen as a suitable case for financial compensation by the court.
Some examples of failure to diagnose during pregnancy, on top of those detailed above include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to detect maternal infections
- Failure to properly review the mother’s medical history
- Failure to detect foetal distress
- Failure to detect an oversize baby which eventually results in delivery complications
- Failure to detect when the foetus is in breech position before labour
- Failure to offer proper foetal screening and tests
How much can I claim for
Since every case is unique it is impossible to provide a definitive figure at the outset of the claims process. Our expert Lawyers, who have experience in managing similar cases will however be able to provide some indicative guidance as to sums previously awarded. As a general rule though, a court will award financial compensation for two types of damages:
General Damages: these are awarded to compensate for the pain and suffering caused as a result of the injuries sustained. In gynaecological cases clearly, the trauma and mental anguish can be extremely severe, and the extent and lasting impact of any trauma will influence the eventual sum awarded by the court.
Special damages: these are awarded to compensate for actual out-of-pocket expenses resulting from the injuries or suffering sustained and include things such as loss of income, medical expenses, transportation costs. As a result, Special damages are easier to calculate upfront since they are effectively traceable via receipts.
Making a claim for gynaecological
negligence with Sheldon Davidson
Put simply we’re experts in our field and seeing justice done is our passion. We fully appreciate that the need to see justice prevail plays a huge part in cases such as these, often more so than any financial compensation and we manage them accordingly.
In selecting Sheldon Davidson to represent you, you will gain a genuine ally who will fight your corner all the way and work tirelessly to ensure you get the justice you deserve. We will guide you through the complexities of the legal process and make sure you a clear what is happening at every stage. We will treat your case with the utmost sensitivity and work to understand what support you need now and into the future to rebuild your life. Ultimately we will make it our business to ensure your voice is heard by the court and you are awarded the maximum financial compensation available for the suffering you have endured. Our reputation and track record speaks for itself.
We are the go-to law firm for gynaecological negligence in Greater Manchester, so pick up the phone and call us today to take the first step on the journey to securing the financial compensation you deserve.
Why choose us?
Established in Whitefield, Manchester in 1997, we are a leading specialist medical negligence law firm acting for claimants nationwide.
Our expert medical negligence solicitors regularly act for clients across Greater Manchester including Ashton, Bury, Bolton, Radcliffe, Prestwich, Middleton, Failsworth, Rochdale, Oldham and Whitefield.
Our team of recognised Gynaecology and Obsetrics Claims Solicitors can support your needs wherever you live in Wales, England & Northern Ireland.
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If you have encountered gynaecology negligence during pregnancy or childbirth, Sheldon Davidson Solicitors can help you with a compensation claim.
Our team is sensitive to the often distressing nature of these cases, and will ensure your case is handled with utmost care and professionalism. Contact us today to see how we can help.
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