The client gave birth to her daughter on the 24/08/2016 and was sent home from the hospital. She had an uncomfortable feeling of pressure all that day and when she woke up that night to use the bathroom she got a strong pain and an urge to push. She could see a foreign object coming from her vagina. She initially thought she was haemorrhaging. She called her mother to come and help her after retrieving the object that had at this stage fallen out of her. They had no idea what the object was. She called the hospital and they advised her to go in immediately and to bring her baby too.
After spending a night in the hospital they confirmed that it was a medical tampon which had been left inside her since the birth of her daughter that had caused the aforementioned events to take place. She had suffered a first degree tear and the medical tampon had been used to stem blood flow from the uterus and maintain operative field visibility. She was given antibiotics and sent home. The advice was to go back in a week and when she returned she was told she was given the wrong antibiotics and would need to be put on another course of antibiotics. Samantha was concerned about the fact that she could have potentially suffered infection within the uterine cavity or more severely Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Proceedings were instigated on the 11/06/2018.
The case was settled in the Circuit Court on the 26/06/2018. The case was settled in our favour as we had argued the point that this substandard treatment in terms of the medical tampon retention during the course of the repair was a never event.
The process on how to make a claim for medical negligence* in Ireland is different when compared to other personal injury claims. Personal injury claims, in general, are first passed through the Injuries Board for assessment, before they reach a court hearing. Medical negligence claims* on the other hand, are brought straight to court and are not assessed by the Personal Injuries Board.
If you do feel like you are subject to medical malpractice*, you can take the following steps to proceed with your medical negligence claim*:
Following a medical negligence claim*, the outcomes to a case are based on circumstances incurred from medical negligence*. These are known as damages:
Non-financial damages include; pain and suffering, physical and emotional damage, loss of quality of life, and loss of opportunity.
These refer to out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the malpractice. For example, loss of earnings and future earnings (if you were out of work), current and future medical bills, care fees, costs of adapting a home, physiotherapy fees, and fees for medical equipment / ongoing medication needed.
Conclusions to medical negligence case* will depend on certain factors like:
When taking into account how long medical negligence claims take, it is important to remember that medical negligence cases* require certain time frames in place within which you can bring a claim. For medical neglect claims*, it is two years less a day following the date of the incident or 2 years less a day following the date that a person made the connection that their illness or injuries were a result of medical negligence*.
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