Gynaecology & Obstetric claims

When dealing with issues related to the female reproductive system, mistakes made by medical professionals can cause life-changing problems for patients. With over 25 years of Medical Negligence experience, Jackson Lees has successfully acted upon many gynaecology claims and provided practical help for victims and their families.

The majority of gynaecology claims we have dealt with were caused by errors made during surgical procedures, although there are other areas that lead to gynaecology claims.

Sometimes, we are asked to act for families who have lost a child as a result of alleged negligence during the ante-natal period, or during the birth process. Such cases are invariably very distressing for the family, and it can be very hard for them to deal with what has happened, especially if the hospital are denying the alleged negligence.

At Jackson Lees, we have acted for a number of clients who have been through such a tragedy, and are experienced in knowing how to deal not only with the medical aspects of such a case, but also, we are well aware of the sensitivity that such cases require, and do our best to make the process as easy as possible for the families.

At Jackson Lees, we can draw on the experience of a team of specialists including a former doctor, nurse and midwife to review your claim.

We won’t charge you to take on your case, we offer conditional fee agreements, also known as ‘no win, no fee’.

We have successfully acted for thousands of clients across England and Wales and we can visit you at home or out of hours if this is more convenient.

Call us today on 0151 282 1700 or go to our online enquiry form.

Keyhole Surgery

Commonly used in sterilisations and the treatment of endometriosis, the risks associated with keyhole surgery are often at the heart of these claims.

Also known as laparoscopic surgery, it is often seen as a favourable option due to the fast recovery time, as patients are also frequently able to go home the same day.

However, Jackson Lees have previously worked on gynaecology claims where a surgeon has failed to spot damage caused to the bowel during these operations. This can lead to serious conditions such as faecal peritonitis, and in these instances patients will usually require at least one emergency corrective procedure.

In addition to the physical pain and discomfort, this can also lead to lasting psychological damage.

Caesarean Section

A surgeon must be sure that a caesarean section is appropriate for their patient before proceeding. Factors include their current state of health and their medical history, both of which are likely to highlight any potential risks.

If the operation goes ahead, the surgeon then has a duty to ensure it is carried out to a high standard. Mistakes made during a caesarean section can cause bladder, bowel or uterus conditions, and in many cases these can lead to a gynaecology claim.

Case Study

In one recent case, we acted for a mother who had lost a child at the very end of the pregnancy. It was alleged that the treating team failed to respond appropriately to concerns raised by the mother about reduced foetal movements and to potential issues about foetal size and growth, and that as a result of a failure to refer on for additional investigations, the baby was subsequently stillborn.

As a result of these traumatic events, it was alleged that the mother had developed post-traumatic stress disorder.

Following investigation of the medical issues, both in relation to the care provided and the cause of the stillbirth, as well as the effect upon the mother, a letter of claim was served upon the defendant trust, who then admitted both breach of duty of care and causation. Following negotiations, the matter subsequently settled for £35,000 in damages.

In such cases, whilst compensation obviously cannot “turn back the clock, “receiving admissions of negligence and / or damages may help the family to gain some sense of closure on the events, and perhaps a feeling that the negligence has been acknowledged. We can also sometimes obtain letters of apology from a Defendant in such circumstances, although these do not form part of the legal process, and again, these can be of some comfort to the family.

Our Medical Negligence Solicitors

At Jackson Lees, our aim is to help you do the right thing, in the right way. If you are a victim of gynaecology negligence, you should speak to our expert team as soon as possible.

We will deal with your case sensitively and professionally. The high quality of our medical negligence work has been recognised by Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and the Law Society, so you can trust Jackson Lees to provide exceptional legal guidance throughout your case.

Call us on 0151 282 1700 for further information about how to proceed with a gynaecology claim and the time limits associated with Medical Negligence claims, or tell us about your case using our enquiry form.