Gynaecology negligence claims
For many women, gynaecological treatment will feature within their lifetime. Whether you receive medical attention relating to reproduction, urological or pelvic disorders, in most cases the treatment produces the desired results. However, sometimes mistakes are made and the consequences can be devastating, with a significant impact on the woman’s quality of life.
Healthcare professionals have a duty to diagnose and treat gynaecological conditions quickly, in order to provide adequate care and improve your condition where possible. When operating on such a complex area of the body, with often irreversible consequences, there is no room for error. 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 topic for discussion. That’s why at Fletchers, 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 while you focus on self-care; and our No Win, No Fee agreement removes the worry of financial pressure to give you peace of mind.
What is a gynaecology negligence claim?
This generally covers medical attention relating to female reproductive, urological and pelvic disorders. While 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 provide a reasonable standard of care at all times both in relation to the planning, discussion, and consent for treatment, as well as the eventual treatment itself.
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 emotional distress, irreversible damage and lifelong repercussions. This could be due to a number of factors whether it is 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 main areas of gynaecological treatment and subsequent negligence claims that we see are:
• Prolapse repair
• Ovarian/uterine/cervical cancers
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 is experienced in pursuing claims on this basis to get justice for 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
• Retained product of conception
Failure to identify or effectively remove some or all of the products of conception which can result in bleeding, pain, infection or further complications.
For example, a delay in diagnosing or providing appropriate conservative treatment, which can result in complications
• Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
A failure to recognise the condition and manage with appropriate treatment resulting in ongoing compromise of fertility or worsening
Failure in diagnosis, which can result in complications for mother and baby
Urogynaecology is a specialist 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:
• Urinary incontinence treatment
This can include management of urgency, frequency and/or mixed incontinence.
With stress incontinence, where surgery is merited, we can look at whether the surgical treatment options were appropriately considered with you and if the choice was appropriate. This area can include consideration of common surgeries for stress incontinence such as colposuspension, Transvaginal Tape (TVT), Transobturator Tape (TOT) or a fascial sling.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) surgery
Vaginal prolapse can be an extremely common condition. Treatment options range from conservative management to surgery. There are a number of different types of vaginal prolapse. 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.
Surgery to treat these conditions (if merited) can involve mesh or a more traditional stitched repair. Vaginal mesh is often used to strengthen muscle structures, and surrounding tissue. Whilst it can provide a stronger more longer lasting repair, it can also be problematic and has become associated with long term complications, including pain. 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.
If complications from mesh do arise then they can be difficult to treat, as removal of the mesh is sometimes not possible.
We have represented many clients who have experienced poor treatment in the management of gynaecological cancers, whether as a result of a missed or delayed diagnosis.
Whether the cancer is ovarian, uterine or cervical, we can investigate the treatment received and determine whether there has been a poorer outcome due to negligent management.
Is there a time limit on making a gynaecology negligence claim?
Please see our advice on limitation periods for claims here. If you’re 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.
At Fletchers, we successfully handle many gynaecology negligence claims, so you can trust in our team 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.
Contact us today to find out how we can guide you through the legal process. Call us now on 0330 013 0251 or start your claim today with our online form.