When pregnant, both obstetrics and gynaecology are standard procedures, however there is potential for complications, especially where negligent care occurs.
What are obstetrics and gynaecology?
Pregnancy and childbirth should be a joyful journey, so we at First4lawyers understand how distressing it is when something goes wrong. Obstetrics and gynaecology cover care for pregnant women and their unborn children, regular check-ups and screening tests. Everything should really go without a hitch, though we're here for you if any complications occur. Possible complications include:
- Misdiagnosis – Failure to spot diseases such as cancer during screening tests could be serious or even fatal.
- NHS and GP Negligence – This could involve failure to provide scans detecting problems with the unborn child or use of outdated or unsafe equipment.
- Erb’s Palsy – A condition which develops from complications during birth, it affects the nerves controlling one of a new-born child’s arms.
- Delays in diagnosing ectopic pregnancy – In some cases, this can cause major complications when birth is on the horizon.
Who could be at fault?
The people held accountable for obstetrics and gynaecology negligence are usually either the medical professionals carrying out the care, or in most cases, the hospital where they took place. Failure to provide safe and professional care can be seen as reckless.
We understand that claiming may not be the first thing on your mind, as you should take the time to emotionally and physically recover as best as you can. However, for severe injuries to the cervical area, compensation could be as much as £93,500. Although, it depends on how serious the damage is, as well as the short- or long-ranging financial implications in the event that the parent or the child has unfortunately been affected.
How long do I have to claim?
We recommend that you make your claim as soon as you feel comfortable in doing so. This way, our expert solicitors can help you through this difficult time, whilst handling your case with the level of sensitivity that you deserve.
I’ve suffered personal injury due to obstetrics and gynaecology negligence. What should I do?
Once you feel ready to do so, you should consider contacting First4lawyers to make a claim. We'll take the stress out of making a claim by doing all the work for you, whilst providing you with the support you need at this difficult and unfortunate time. You can also simply contact us, if you would like to talk through your incident with us.