Obstetric and Gynaecological Treatment

Hundreds of women daily undergo various gynaecological procedures. Many more receive obstetric treatment in the lead up to and delivery of children. When the unthinkable happens and this treatment goes wrong, it can have devastating effects.

T G Baynes has many years of experience in helping women and mothers who have been victims of negligence in this area, assisting in obtaining compensation and organising treatment for all involved.

What Is Gynaecology Treatment?

Gynaecological treatment generally refers to the treatment of the female reproductive system. Common examples of this treatment are:-

  • Hysterectomy
  • Infertility
  • Ovarian and other female cancers
  • Laparotomy and open operations to investigate symptoms
  • Oopherectomy
  • Sterilisation

What Can Go Wrong During Gynaecological Treatment?

Errors can be made at any time during treatment, i.e. at diagnosis, prognosis, choice of treatment and follow up. In addition, errors may lead to complications outside of the gynaecological area, such as damage to nearby nerves or infection, and damage to local organs such as the bladder or perhaps perforation of the bowel.  Examples of negligence in this area include:

  • Delayed / inaccurate diagnosis at either GP or hospital stage
  • Failure to perform appropriate tests or delay in doing so
  • Inappropriate / poor operative technique in surgery leading to further damage
  • Delay in recognising and treating infection
  • Failure to recognise the correct treatment path

Problems encountered by patients following such negligence can vary and are not exhaustive. For example, the ureter could be damaged, or bowel perforated, during a hysterectomy leading to infection which then leads to further damage. Further examples would be delay in diagnosis of cysts leading to infertility, as well as delay in diagnosis of female cancer, and many more.

What is Obstetric Treatment?

Obstetric treatment generally refers to the treatment of the same reproductive system, but when the woman is pregnant and in the immediate post natal period. Many gynaecologists are also obstetricians and will deal in both areas. Common examples of treatment provided by obstetricians are:

  • Caesarean Section
  • Difficult births
  • Management of high risk pregnancy
  • Evacuation of Retained Products of Conception (ERPC)

What Can Go Wrong During Obstetric Treatment?

Again errors can be made at any time and the list is not exhaustive. Often the damage is not only to the mother, but also to the newborn and therefore both must be looked at carefully in terms of causation. Examples include:

  • Failure to deliver placenta following birth
  • Damage to nearby organs/arteries during caesarean section
  • Failure to recognise symptoms of eclampsia
  • Inappropriate decisions made through the pregnancy leading to damage to both mother and child

Problems encountered again vary from patient to patient and the list is not exhaustive. A few examples would be cerebral palsy in a child caused by a delay in their birth and infection due to retained products of conception which can have devastating consequences to maternal health and fertility.

How Can T G Baynes Help you with your Obstetric and Gynaecological recovery?

As well as running your medical negligence claim, T G Baynes have good links with experienced medico-legal experts who will not only provide their opinion as to whether there has been a breach of duty or causation, they will also provide recommendations for treatment. We can request interim payments from Defendants should liability be admitted to assist with the cost of treatment which we can help you arrange. Our aim is not only to obtain compensation but to ensure that your recovery is swift and as easy as possible.

We are aware of the emotional impact negligence in this area can have on the individual and surrounding family and ensure that we do all we can to make the process as easy as possible in this difficult time.

 T G Baynes can offer No Win No Fee Agreements (CFAs) on qualifying cases. Please call us on 020 8301 7777  or email us on info@tgbaynes.com