Gynaecological injuries are usually a result of issues during surgery, however, injuries and complications can occur even before a surgeon has picked up the scalpel. A delay or error in diagnosis can cause a variety of additional issues and complications that could ultimately have been avoided. Our medical negligence solicitors have vast experience in dealing with negligence claims relating to gynaecological issues.
Some problems can arise which are quite natural and deemed to be ‘known risks’, meaning that the even with the greatest care and skill, issues could still arise. This is unlikely to result in a claim; however, if the patient has not been provided with full knowledge of the risks prior to agreeing to any procedure, and if it can be proved that having knowledge of those facts would have resulted in a different decision being made, then there may well be a claim for negligence.
Diagnosis of gynaecological problems usually occurs following scans and laparoscopy. Once a diagnosis is made, a plan for treatment is put in place through either medication or further surgery.
Laparoscopic surgery, whilst relatively safe, can cause internal injuries which are not immediately noticed or treated. Naturally, this can result in the woman becoming seriously ill and requiring further surgery to repair the damage.
Open surgeries may be performed badly, causing unnecessary serious injury or illness as a result, which can compromise the woman’s health and put her life at risk.
Damage can occur to the bladder, bowel or uterus, resulting in haemorrhaging, incontinence of the bladder or bowel as well as issues with the pelvic floor, vaginal erosion and even unnecessary hysterectomy. The different types of injuries are vast and the extent and duration of those injuries vary from person to person, with many conditions being difficult to diagnose. Our Legal 500 recommended team of clinical negligence solicitors have helped people in a range of cases, including:
Birth defects and wrongful birth
Damanged/removed fallopian tubes
Stillbirth and neonatal death
Retained products of conception
In addition, our lawyers have been able to support families who have suffered the loss or destruction of embryo’s or sperm or those who have suffered the reduced or total loss of fertility as a result of surgical negligence.
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