Going through gynaecological treatment can be a tense and emotional experience. As a patient, you want to be able to happy in the knowledge that you are receiving the best possible treatment.
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of negligent gynaecological care or medical mistakes, you may be able to claim compensation.
Our specialist medical negligence solicitors are experts in helping women claim maximum compensation for gynaecological negligence claims. They have helped many clients with claims that include:
- Failure to diagnose, or delay in diagnosis of, illnesses or conditions such as cervical cancer, endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer
- Inaccurate smear tests
- Mistakes during IVF procedures
- Surgical errors, such as injuries to the bowel or bladder during hysterectomies
Our expert team of medical negligence solicitors have helped many women who have received substandard gynaecological care to claim compensation. They have extensive experience with these types of claims and will be able to help you identify those responsible for your injuries.
What is gynaecology?
Gynaecology is the medical practice concerned with diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the female reproductive system; including the vagina, uterus and ovaries.
What counts as negligence in gynaecology treatment?
Healthcare providers, such as gynaecologists and midwives, have a legal duty of care to ensure their premises are safe and hygienic and that the treatment they provide is accurate and effective.
This includes safeguarding your wellbeing during surgical procedures as well as check-ups and routine examinations. For instance, gynaecologists are often the first to spot early warning signs for cervical or gynaecological cancer. You may have received negligent care if your healthcare provider failed to:
- Identify abnormal cells during a cervical smear examination
- React quickly to potential symptoms such bleeding between menstruation cycles or after sex
- Refer you for smear tests or further treatment
Before any treatment, your healthcare provider should make you adequately aware of any potential risks, such as risks to fertility, so you can make an informed choice about the treatment. They should also ensure you receive appropriate aftercare. Our expert team of medical negligence solicitors will discuss the details of your case and determine whether the care you received may have been negligent.
We are dedicated to helping and supporting our clients throughout the course of their claim, and to providing the highest quality of care. That’s why our team of specialist solicitors visit their clients throughout their claim, offering home visits or to wherever our clients feel most comfortable. It can be a very upsetting time, if you have received negligent gynaecological treatment. Our team will take the time to really understand your needs and concerns, and will work alongside respected medical experts to secure you the best possible compensation. We also offer No Win No Fee claim funding, as well as early interim payments, to help with any financial problems caused by your injury.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. The general rule is that you have three years from the date of the injury or the date when you realised your injury may have been caused by someone else’s mistakes or negligence.
If you are claiming on behalf of your baby, you can claim at any time until the child turns 18. When the child turns 18, they can bring a claim in their own right but the three year time limit will then apply and they will have until they are 21 to do so.
There are exceptions to this rule. For example, there is no time limit for people who don’t have the mental capacity to make legal decisions and different time limits apply for some injuries or illnesses sustained abroad.
Time can be a critical factor in compensation claims, so it’s important to get in touch with our specialist medical negligence team as soon as possible for expert advice.
The compensation you will receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and the impact on your life. Severe, life-changing injuries will involve more compensation to cover medical bills, rehabilitation, care and support, adaptations to the home and loss of earnings and pension.
Starting a gynaecological negligence compensation claim is straightforward. To begin your claim, contact us on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or online for a free, no obligation chat. Click here to learn more about our team and the high level of expertise in your area of injury.
After an initial consultation phone call, your specialist solicitor will come to visit you in your home – or a location at your convenience – to discuss the details of your claim. This will include information such as how your injuries occurred and the impact that your injuries have on your day-to-day life, so they can understand your needs and advise you on the compensation you may be able to claim.
Our legal expert will also use this as an opportunity to talk you through the process of making a claim and to explain your funding options and any relevant paperwork for making your claim.
From that point on, your solicitor will pursue your claim on your behalf. The next step will be to contact the defendant’s insurers and to start gathering evidence to support your claim, liaising with medical experts and healthcare providers to access your records. Your solicitor will keep you updated as your claim progresses and at every step of the process.
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