Gynaecology negligence claims
Healthcare professionals have a duty to diagnose and treat gynaecological problems as quickly as possible in order to slow down effects. When operating on such a complex area of the body, with often irreversible consequences, there is no room for errors. Unfortunately, things do go wrong, leaving women with painful injuries, emotional distress and even sometimes permanent illnesses.
Gynaecology issues can be a difficult or embarrassing thing for women to speak about. That’s why at Fletchers Solicitors, our team of experts will handle your case in a professional and sensitive manner, providing empathy and guidance throughout the claims process. We will fight your battles for you whilst you focus on self-care, whilst our No Win, No Fee agreement removes the worry of financial pressure to give you peace of mind.
What is a gynaecology negligence claim?
Most women will have some form of gynaecological treatment in their lifetime. This generally covers medical attention relating to female reproductive, urological and pelvic disorders. Whilst in most cases gynaecological diagnoses and treatments produce the desired results, sometimes mistakes are made.
Gynaecology is a complex and delicate area of medicine, and healthcare professionals have a duty to handle treatment related to the female reproductive system with the greatest amount of care and caution. Negligent treatment occurs when a healthcare professional makes an error or provides substandard care, causing avoidable pain and suffering. Often in gynaecological cases, this can cause women emotional distress, irreversible damages and lifelong repercussions. This could be due to misdiagnosis, a mistake in surgery or failure to provide the appropriate treatment at all.
If you have suffered due to substandard care from a medical practitioner, we are here to help. Our expert team are fully trained to handle each case individually, taking into account your personal needs and providing empathy at what is often a sensitive time. Our specialist team of medical negligence experts will fight by your side to get the justice and compensation that you deserve.
Different types of gynaecology negligence claims
The three main areas of gynaecological treatment and subsequent negligence claims are:
- Vaginal mesh
Women can have reproduction or fertility issues for a number of reasons. For a woman to be left with impaired or absent fertility as a result of substandard treatment is devastating. Fletchers Solicitors are experienced in pursuing claims on this basis to get justice for the women who have been harmed.
Some common reproduction/fertility claims that we deal with are:
- Ectopic pregnancy
Failure to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy promptly, which can result in the loss of one or more fallopian tube
- Failed sterilisation/contraception
Incorrect placement of contraception devices such as the Mirena coil or IUD, which can lead to an unwanted pregnancy
- Failed termination
Though termination procedures have a high unavoidable risk, in some cases claims can be made surrounding uterine perforation
Urogynaecology is an area relating to urinary difficulties, which may be caused or linked to a gynaecological problem. Urogynaecology surgery can be complicated and carries risks of failure and the need for repeat surgeries.
Some areas that we are experienced in pursuing claims for are:
- Stress incontinence treatment
Such as Colposuspension, Transvaginal Tape (TVT), Transobturator Tape (TOT) or a Fascial sling.
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) surgery
For example, anterior (front vaginal wall) prolapse, posterior ( rear vaginal wall) prolapse, vault (where the top of the vagina descends) prolapse and uterine (where the uterus descends through the cervix) prolapse
Vaginal mesh is often used to strengthen muscle structures, and more specifically is employed to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress incontinence. However, in recent years, more women are experiencing life-changing complications due to vaginal mesh implants. Often, these complications and risks were not fully explained to the patient before they underwent their treatment.
There are two primary areas of complications that can be caused by vaginal mesh implants:
- Complications from the mesh
Such as pain, erosion or migration (when the mesh migrates through the tissue and can damage surrounding organs) and autoimmune/foreign body reactions
- Complications associated with the surgery itself
Such as failure of the procedure, nerve damage and specific injuries depending on the the type of repair that was performed
At Fletchers Solicitors, we pursue countless gynaecology negligence claims, so you can trust in our team of skilled lawyers to handle your case with professionalism and expertise. We will do everything we can to fight for justice for you and your family, and get the compensation that you deserve. If you feel you may have suffered from gynaecology negligence, don’t suffer alone – speak to our team to find out if you are eligible to make a claim.
Is there a time limit on making a gynaecology negligence claim?
You have three years from the “date of knowledge” to make a gynaecology negligence claim.
The “date of knowledge” is the date you first found out or became aware that you had received substandard treatment. This is not necessarily three years from when the error first happened, but three years from the date that you first knew something had gone wrong. In many cases, patients find out instantly that a mistake has been made, but sometimes it can be months before symptoms present themselves or anyone admits that something has gone wrong.
If the victim of negligent care is or was under the age of 18 when the incident occurred, they have three years from the date that they turn 18. If you’re claiming on behalf of a friend or family member because the victim does not have the mental capacity to recognise the mistake, there is no time limit.
If you are unsure if you are within the time limit to make a claim, or if you’re unsure about any details of your case, we recommend you speak to one of our legal advisors free of charge on 0330 013 0251.
If you feel there have been errors in your medical treatment, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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