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Childbirth & gynaecology claims

Have you suffered when undergoing obstetrics or gynaecology? When you are pregnant, both obstetrics and gynaecology are standard procedures, but there is potential for complications, especially where negligent care occurs.

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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 covers care for pregnant women and their unborn children, with regular check-ups and screening tests. Everything should really go without a hitch, but we're here for you if any complications occur.

Complications can include:

• Misdiagnosis
Failure to spot diseases such as cancer during screening tests could be serious or even fatal.

• NHS and GP negligence
Such as failure to provide scans detecting problems with the unborn child, or use of outdated or unsafe equipment.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.

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How much can I claim?

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. Compensation amounts vary greatly depending on how serious the damage is, whether it is permanent and what implications it has on your life. As a broad example, a failed sterilisation can be awarded up to £8,940, whereas infertility resulting from a failure to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy could result in compensation up to £89,560.

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, while handling your case with the level of sensitivity that you deserve.  More about making a claim

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, while providing you with the support you need at this difficult and unfortunate time. You can also just contact us, if you would like to talk through your options.

If you have concerns about an NHS treatment or service you’ve experienced, you can file a letter of complaint. This includes treatment funded by the NHS at a private hospital.

A letter of complaint isn’t the same as making a medical negligence claim, but it could be used as part of your case if you want to claim.

Why choose First4Lawyers?

If you've been involved in an accident or suffered an injury that wasn't your fault, our experts solicitors could help you make a claim.

Free initial consultation

Our fully trained legal advisors are happy to offer initial guidance and advice for free

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We offer advice with no obligation.  We never cold call or apply pressure to our customers

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What is medical negligence?

If you've received substandard medical care, you may have a claim for medical negligence. (Duration - 1:35)

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Frequently asked questions

What is medical negligence?

The phrase ‘medical negligence’ best describes an incident in which a person has suffered harm or injury at the hands of a medical professional. This term is used for people who have received poor levels of care, or a substandard service from a doctor, dentist or other medical professional.

Medical negligence cases can be a very complex process, which is why we have experts on hand to help you. They are experienced in making claims in this area and know the process and what to expect. Contact us for an informal and confidential chat.

Am I entitled to make a medical negligence claim?

Yes, if you have been let down by a healthcare professional, or have suffered as a result of substandard care, then you could make a claim for medical negligence and be compensated for the poor level of care you have received.

What’s more, by making a claim, you’re bringing those responsible to justice, and could prevent someone else from receiving similarly poor care in the future.

Medical negligence can be defined as:

  • Poor care received in a hospital
  • Misdiagnosis of an illness or injury
  • Substandard operations
  • Being given the wrong prescription medicine

However it happens, medical negligence can be serious and in some cases, even traumatic.

If you’ve received substandard medical care and are unsure if you have a case to make a claim, you can speak to one of our legal experts, who will advise you on whether or not you’re eligible to make a claim for compensation.

Will I have to attend a medical?

Yes, you’ll need to have a medical examination to make a personal injury claim.

It's to provide proof that your injury was caused by the accident and to allow your solicitors to value your claim.

How do I make a claim for medical negligence?

All you need to do is contact us.  We will take it from there.

At First4Lawyers, we will always refer your case to solicitors who are experts in dealing with medical negligence claims.

It's then their job to prove you have received sub-standard care, deserving of compensation.  They will work with you throughout the process, keeping you updated as the case progresses to ensure you get the best possible outcome.

Need more answers? Our guide on how to file a medical negligence case explains more about what you need to know.

Can I claim against a private healthcare company?

Yes, you can make a medical negligence claim against a private healthcare company.

Each of the hospitals or providers will have a private insurance company to cover claims like this.

See our guide on 'how to complain to a private healthcare company'.

How long does a medical negligence claim take?

Every case is unique so there is no set time limit for the case to be settled.

As an average guideline, standard cases can take between 12 and 18 months to be settled, but this is by no means a definitive timeline.

Can I make a No Win No Fee claim for medical negligence?

Yes, No Win No Fee arrangements can be agreed for medical negligence cases. When you contact First4Lawyers, we’ll be able to tell you if you are likely to have a case, and can arrange a No Win No Fee agreement.

If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland you cannot use No Win No Fee agreements in medical negligence cases. 

Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

How do I know whether I have a claim?

That's what we're here for! 

If you’ve had an accident and you’re not sure if you’re eligible to claim, then call us through the number at the top of the screen and speak to one of our specialist advisors.

We will give you free advice regarding your case and advise you on the potential of your claim, without obligation.

We believe in working honestly and with integrity – we don’t believe in raising expectations and we don’t encourage false claims.

To be eligible to make a compensation claim, there are three key conditions that your case will need to meet:

  • Your accident must have taken place during the last three years. Please note: different rules apply to industrial disease, medical negligence and criminal injury claims, or if you were under 18 when the accident happened.  We will advise accordingly in each of these cases.
  • There must be a person or organisation who is at fault for your accident.
  • Your injuries will have required medical treatment.

If you have any questions, or are unsure if your case meets these requirements, give us a call or complete our online claim form and we'll be in touch shortly.

Can I be compensated for losses as well as my injury?

Yes, you may be entitled to compensation for losses other than your personal injury.

A personal injury claim is split into two parts: general damages and special damages.

  • General damages are paid for the pain and suffering and emotional distress from your physical injury.
  • Special damages relate to damaged belongings or financial losses resulting from the injury.

 

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