Claiming Compensation for Gynaecology and Obstetrics compensation claims
If you or your child suffered an injury during child birth or pregnancy, and believe the injury was caused by medical negligence, you may be able to make an obstetrics or maternal injury compensation claim.
- Information about gynaecology & obstertrics
- How much can I claim?
- What can I claim compensation for?
- Making a claim for compensation
Obstetrics is the branch of medicine which deals with pregnancy and the birth of babies. Gynaecology is the branch of medicine which deals with women’s diseases, particularly of the reproductive organs. These two areas together account for many of the medical negligence claims pursued in the UK each year.
Some of the common areas arising in compensation claims include:
- Injury following surgery or laparoscopy
- Delay in diagnosis of pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy
- Failure to detects birth defects during scans
- Still birth as a result of poor management of labour and delivery
- Delay in diagnosis of obstetric cholestasis
- Complications that are not treated after a vaginal tear or episiotomy
- Illnesses caused by contraception
- Complications or failure of abortion
- Sterilisation caused by introduction of infection
- Failure of sterilisation or vasectomy leading to wrongful birth or abortion
- Failure to diagnose cervical cancer
Whether you have suffered a maternal injury, a still birth or undetected birth defects, and you feel that you are the victim of medical negligence you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
A number of factors will determine the value of your settlement:
- The type of injury and how severe the injury is
- Did you recover fully from the injury or do you have ongoing problems
- What are the long term effects on your health
- Did the injury cause you other losses such as loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earnings
- The loss of comfort/convenience/quality of life caused by your injury
- Medical care costs
- Costs involved in adapting your home to meet your new requirements as a result of your injury
- Other out of pocket expenses incurred whilst receiving medical treatment, such as travel expenses
A specialist medical negligence solicitor can assess your case and inform you about:
- How strong your case is
- The likelyhood of making a successful claim
- The amount of compensation you may receive if your claim is successful
- Pursue a claim on your behalf