A gynaecologist deals with issues related to the female reproductive system. Medical negligence in this field can cause serious, life changing damage, and as such victims should contact experienced solicitors to help them seek compensation as soon as possible.
Mistakes made during surgery are a main cause of gynaecology claims. The vast majority of sterilisations in the UK are carried out by laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery.
This is also the most common procedure used to diagnose and remove mild to moderate endometriosis, a condition that affects the uterus, ovaries and other parts of the body including the pelvic area.
However, while laparoscopic surgery has the advantage of a quick recovery and often avoids the need for an overnight hospital stay, it is not without its problems.
For example, bowel injuries can occur but go unnoticed. The patient is discharged from hospital and becomes increasingly unwell, in some cases developing faecal peritonitis, a potentially life-threatening condition. This requires emergency surgery and can result in lifelong physical and psychological problems.
Surgical mistakes can also be made during a caesarean section, which can leave the victim with bowel, uterus or bladder problems.
These injuries are not always due to gynaecological negligence, but the surgeon must be satisfied that the patient is suitable for this kind of operation, and that it is performed to the appropriate standard.
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Our team has a strong track record of successfully making gynaecology claims on behalf of victims of medical negligence.
In one case, we acted for a woman with a history of abdominal surgeries, who was therefore at a high risk of adhesions. In her case, these adhesions had left her small bowel stuck to her abdominal wall.
Her surgeon failed to notice that the small bowel was punctured by the trocar (the sharp instrument inserted into the abdomen) during the procedure, and this left the victim needing multiple corrective operations and suffering ongoing physical pain and psychological trauma.
We succeeded in obtaining compensation for her, ensuring she was able to get access to the appropriate care and therapy she needed.
If you are the victim of medical negligence and wish to make a gynaecology claim, call Lees Solicitors free on 0800 387 927 to discuss your case with our experts. All medical negligence claims are subject to strict time limits, so it is important to get in touch as soon as possible.
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