Obstetrics Gynaecology – UK Medical Negligence Compensation Solicitors
Obstetrics and gynaecology represents an area of medicine which accounts for well over 50% of all UK medical negligence compensation claims which mostly concern obygyn surgery. Almost all cases deal with issues relating to a woman’s reproductive tract including pregnancy, contraception, fertility, infections and cancer. Most of these obygyn problems are dealt with by consultant gynaecologists or consultant obstetricians however some matters are referred to other specialists including consultant oncologists and fertility specialists. Many gynaecologists also practice surgery and this is the area of most concern for the incidence of gynaecology negligence with damage to the ureters during routine hysterectomy being common. If you have suffered personal injury as a result of negligent treatment by a gynaecologist or obstetrician, a gynaecology negligence solicitor will be able to assist you. Medical negligence solicitors deal with a wide range of clinical negligence compensation claims involving gynaecology and obstetrics. Using a no win no fee arrangement there is no need for you to fund or finance your obygyn compensation claim and damages are paid in full with no deductions by gynaecology negligence solicitors. Win or lose there is usually no financial risk.
An obstetrician is usually consulted during the first three months of pregnancy. The obstetrician will initially use ultrasound to confirm the age of the foetus and will order basic blood tests together with tests for chromosomal abnormalities, cervical cancer, group B streptococcus, anaemia, and sexually transmitted diseases. In due course further tests are organised including testing for glucose tolerance to check for gestational diabetes. The mothers blood pressure will be monitored throughout pregnancy and the foetus’s heat rate will also be recorded. All of these are areas where mistakes can be made either during the testing procedure or interpretation of results leading to an obstetrics medical negligence compensation claim. An obstetrician may also assist a midwife at the birth of the infant at which time much can go wrong including Erbs palsy, cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia and a range of other serious birth injuries. There may be a necessity for induced labour or for a caesarean section (c-section) to be carried out both of which can be fraught with danger.
Most gynaecology negligence compensation claims arise as a result of negligent surgery including laparoscopy, open abdominal surgery, intra-vaginal procedures and operations involving the vagina and rectum. All surgery no matter how experienced the surgeon carries with it considerable risk of personal injury, including the risk of retained foreign bodies such as implements and swabs etc. If you have been injured during surgery or your post-operative care, including infection control has been carried out negligently a specialist gynaecology negligence solicitor will be able to assist with a medical negligence compensation claim. One of the most common gynaecology negligence compensation claims relates to the fact that the doctor failed to order a pregnancy test to establish whether or not the patient was pregnant prior to carrying out an abdominal surgical procedure which puts the foetus at serious risk.
A specialist medical negligence solicitor is able to deal with a wide range of personal injury compensation claims involving obstetrics and gynaecology. If you have been injured as a result of negligence by a healthcare professional, a solicitor can help you to preserve your legal right to compensation. Most offer free initial consultations for advice to find out whether you have a good case, how to go about claiming and how much your compensation might be worth. You will receive clear unequivocal advice about your chances of success and the anticipated value of your claim. If after talking to a lawyer you decide not to take your medical negligence compensation claim further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not usually be charged anything at all.