Compensation claims for Gynaecological and Obstetric Injuries
Gynaecological and obstetric injury claims * can occur when complications arise during surgery for procedures such as hysterectomy, embolisation, laparoscopic sterilisation, bladder perforation, perineal/vaginal tear, or a oophorectomy. People can relate these complications to medical negligence in cases where:
- Pain suffering and injuries that could have been avoided
- Prolonging of the illness, that could have been avoided, and/or,
- Reduced chances of recovery as a result of the procedure
Some of the most common personal injuries that arise from medical negligence in gynaecological and obstetric procedures are:
- Damage to internal organs
- Unplanned pregnancy
In the event where a woman sustains a personal injury, the patient may be entitled to claim compensation for medical negligence/malpractice.
Main causes of gynaecological and obstetric injury claims *
Gynaecological and obstetric injury claims * for compensation can arise in the following situations:
- Poorly performed/unnecessary hysterectomy
- Perforation of the bowel during a hysterectomy
- Perforated uterus when an inter-uterine device is being fitted
- Misdiagnosis of 3rd and 4th degree perineal/vaginal tears
- Delay/failure to diagnose endometriosis
- Anaesthetic complications
- Failed sterilisation
- Failure to identify or treat haemorrhage
Common types of gynaecological claims *
The most common types of gynaecological procedures that arise in medical negligence claims for woman are:
- Laparoscopic sterilisation
- Bladder perforation
- Perineal Tear
Process of making a claim for gynaecological and obstetric injury compensation *
Claiming compensation for medical negligence * following a gynaecological procedure differs from personal injury claims *, in that Injuries Board do not review medical negligence claims *. Therefore, the claim must be brought through the courts. However, if the medical practice responsible for the gynaecological/obstetric injury offers an adequate settlement it is possible for your claim to be settled outside of court.
The first step in assessing whether you have a gynaecological medical negligence claims * is to contact a medical negligence * solicitor; your best option is to contact a medical negligence solicitor who is a ‘Law Society of Ireland Practicing Solicitor’.
In order for your solicitor to establish a medical negligence case * for you to claim gynaecological injury compensation * the following steps will need to be taken:
- Contact a medical negligence solicitor *
- All your medical records including those from before personal injury * was sustained will need to be obtained.
- A medical examination and subsequent report with an expert in the field will need to be organised to prove your medical negligence claim * and that the medical practice you were treated by fell short of acceptable standards.