Maternal obstetrical or labour ward complications can take many forms and they can affect the course of birth options and post-natal (afterbirth) outcome for both mother and baby.
During the pre-birth period the mothers conditions such as gestational diabetes, hypertension, cardiac disease, renal disease, or blood clotting abnormalities may require intensive and on going medical management. Any of these and other conditions can complicate the course of a pregnancy and may affect the outcome and must be properly diagnosed and managed.
We recognise that in the vast majority of instances gynaecological or obstetric consultants exercise the highest possible standards of ethical and medical care in the diagnosis, treatment and after care of their patients. We also recognise that sometimes things can go wrong.
The consequences of medical negligence for mother and/or baby can take many forms:
- Emotional distress due to a life altering experience
- Financial worry, reduced earning capacity, and additional medical bills
- Pain and suffering
Medical complications such as uterine rupture, cervical laceration, liver injury and clotting abnormalities require timely recognition and management to prevent permanent injury or sadly in rare cases in the death of the mother during the birth process.
Medical Negligence Claims in obstetrics and gynaecology account for over a half of all negligence compensation claims currently been dealt with by the courts.
In the event that you or a loved one has suffered as a result of obstetric or gynaecological medical negligence we will:
- Obtain all your medical records
- Obtain independent consultant advice through our dedicated medical team
- Advise you on your legal rights
- Obtain the answers
- Obtain just and financial compensation for that wrong in the event that we are satisfied that we are of the expert view that you have an actionable claim
The most frequent complications that can lead to an obstetric medical negligence claims include:
- Loss of future child baring capacity due to infection or due to subsequent need for a hysterectomy
- Injury to bladder, bowel or ureters during hysterectomy
- Diagnostic and operative laparoscopy including perforation of uterus or damage to other organs of the abdominal wall
- Failure to remove vaginal or abdominal swabs
- Loss of urinary control
- Pregnancy-induced hypertension (P.I.H.)
- Complications involving instrumental delivery
- Vaginal breech delivery
- Preeclampsia and eclipse
- Complications of twin pregnancy
- Negligent management of uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts
- Meconium aspiration syndrome
- Brachial Plexus injury or erb’s palsy following shoulder dystocia
- Cerebral Palsy
WHAT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER IN TAKING A MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM
Our medical negligence expert solicitors work with our team of specialist medical consultants whose disciplines include obstetrics and gynaecology and other relevant disciplines.
If you feel that you or your baby have suffered medical negligence we will assist you in obtaining answers to the question – what went wrong. We will obtain your entire medical records. If we are satisfied that negligence occurred we will guide you through the process of filing suit with a view to obtaining justice and financial compensation.
During the legal process we engage Senior Counsel who have extensive and vast experience in dealing with medical negligence cases and in particular birth injury and noenatal litigation. We secure the attendance in court of all our expert witnesses and to give evidence in the case should the claim not be settled in advance.