Group Legal Action:

Supporting maternity patients who experienced 3rd and 4th degree tears at Pinderfields Hospital

  • Pinderfields Hospital

    Case investigation led by Christian Beadell

    Published: July 19, 2023 | Last Updated: February 8, 2024

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Fletchers Solicitors have had sight of a recent internal review by the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which confirms that an audit of their maternity services has taken place and identified that 52 women who had suffered either 3rd or 4th degree perineal tears during childbirth (between 2020 – 2022) did not receive appropriate aftercare. They had not been referred for postnatal urogynaecological and physiotherapy follow-up. This is contrary to national guidelines which states patients should be reviewed in the postnatal period to discuss injuries sustained during childbirth to minimize the impact.

How can Fletchers Solicitors help if there has been medical negligence?

For those women who suffer perineal trauma who have not been offered the appropriate aftercare and treatment it could have detrimental effect to their health. There is an expectation that you will be informed by the hospital of any treatment or referral needed. Perineal tears can be associated with significant complications if not managed appropriately and this could equate to medical negligence.

Why talk to us about making a medical negligence claim?

Taking legal action is not just about getting financial compensation for something which should not have happened but it is also a vital mechanism to ensure that these poor outcomes are prevented from happening to someone else.

Christian Beadell who heads up the team specialising in helping groups affected by medical negligence commented:

“We are very concerned to have been notified of the failure by Pinderfields Hospital to ensure adequate follow up and referral for those patients who have sustained 3rd and 4th degree tears following delivery. This is a significant birth injury and guidelines exists to ensure that patients receive prompt and appropriate follow up treatment to minimise the impact and prevent worsening. The Trust has identified that at least 15% of all patients who sustained tears between 2020 and 2022 did not have a referral and this is unacceptable. It is crucial that these patients are given swift follow up and that the reason for the oversight are identified. The trust must ensure that patients prior to 2020 are not affected and that the problem is now addressed to provide the necessary reassurance to all patients using the maternity service.”

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If you are concerned about the maternity care you received at Pinderfields Hospital, contact our specialist medical negligence solicitors to discuss your experience. We can advise you on a no obligation basis, and guide you through the process should you have a valid claim.

What’s the process?

When you contact the team we will provide a Free Case Assessment to understand what has happened to you, listen what you would like to achieve and ensure that you have a valid case to bring. Once we have identified that you have a legitimate claim we will begin an investigation. In a group action this can be slightly different to a normal case as there will be parts which we can achieve as part of a wider group. Within this stage we will need to collect evidence, work out who is responsible and assess your injuries. When dealing with a group there may be efficiencies and hopefully you will be able to benefit from this. We will apply to the Court to let them know that we are dealing with the case. If needed we will get a Group Litigation Order. We will then negotiate with the defendants in order for us to try and reach a favourable settlement. Once we have a decision or an agreement of settlement we will arrange for the compensation to be paid to you.

Why Fletchers?

We have a dedicated team who deal with Group Action claims and have the infrastructure that some smaller firms do not have to better support our clients and the process. Our expert team acts for countless of people across the UK injured in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or clinic, or those who have received faulty medical devices. We are always stronger together, fighting as a group. You can also be reassured that our team are experts in clinical negligence and personal injury. The lawyers in our teams have fought many similar cases and are ranked among the leading lawyers in these types of cases. We are independently ranked as leaders in this field with Legal 500 Directory 2024 stating: “Fletchers has been at the forefront of using and developing IT systems to manage and progress cases effectively. They are specialists in what they do and give a personal service to their clients. They become someone you can turn to for anything. Friendly, helpful, nothing is a problem as well as being there for you every step of the way. They always answer your phone calls and emails – no waiting around. They go above and beyond.”

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  • Pinderfields Hospital

    Christian Beadell

    Head of Group Action

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    Francesca Paul

    Medical Negligence Solicitor