The birth of your child should be one of the happiest experiences of your life. However, when the experience is tarnished by medical mistakes, this can cause serious emotional and physical harm. Medical professionals have a responsibility to meet a high standard of care during childbirth and a failure to act, or a delay in diagnosis, can have very serious consequences.
When a doctor suspects retained products of conception - a situation in which the placenta is not fully evacuated from the uterus after childbirth - they must order an ultrasound scan and start the process of removing the remaining placenta. If they don’t, patients are at risk of serious harm. If this happened to you, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the suffering you experienced.
Switalskis’ medical negligence experts have significant experience in making retained products of conception claims on behalf of those who have suffered. Compensation can make your recovery from the incident more comfortable and support you in the early stages of parenthood. The process can also help to secure justice for what happened to you, and prevent similar mistakes from being made in the future.
At Switalskis, our services are always tailored to each person and their circumstances. We start the process by listening to your story. From there, we’ll talk about what to expect from your case and how it might conclude. That way, we can make sure we’re on the same page and working towards the outcomes you want.
Prioritising communication also makes it easier for us to gather evidence and build the strongest possible case for your claim. We may need to review medical records and ask sensitive questions, but by building trust with each other, we can make sure you have the highest possible chance of a successful claim.
Members of Switalskis’ clinical negligence team have been accredited by the Law Society and AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents ), in recognition of their expertise and the high levels of service they deliver. If you need legal support you can rely on, get in touch with Switalskis today to start your retained products of conception compensation claim.
The term ‘retained products of conception’ refers to or foetal tissue that remains in the uterus following childbirth or a miscarriage. In most cases, the placenta is expelled from the body naturally after childbirth and medical staff will check for completeness. This means they need to make sure that the whole placenta has left the body. If it hasn’t, this means that some retained products of conception remain inside.
If doctors believe there are retained products of conception in the uterus, they must act quickly to remove them. This usually means performing an urgent ultrasound scan to identify any or foetal tissue. From there, doctors may prescribe a drug to trigger expulsion of the retained products or carry out a surgical procedure to remove them from the uterus.
The most common of the retained products of conception symptoms that doctors usually see is excessive bleeding. Doctors should react quickly to diagnose this problem as it can have a significant impact on the health of the patient.
A failure to test for retained products in the face of clear symptoms can lead to severe complications, including serious infections and excessive bleeding. This could entitle a patient to make a medical negligence claim against the doctors who failed them. There are also risks involved if your doctor needs to perform a surgical procedure to remove a retained placenta - a procedure that is carried out incorrectly could result in injury, including a perforated uterus.
Whatever your circumstances, if you were made to suffer because a medical professional failed to deal with retained products of conception to the expected standard, you may be entitled to compensation.
Every medical negligence claim is different. The claims process, the time it takes and the amount of compensation you could receive will all depend on the specific circumstances you faced, and how the defendant responds. However, while the details may differ, the claims process will generally follow the same key milestones in each case.
While the process might look simple, it rarely feels that way when you’re in the middle of it. That’s why it’s vital to work with a legal representative who will stay in touch and keep you up to date with how your claim is progressing. At Switalskis, we’re committed to unburdening our clients by taking on the responsibility of pushing their claims forward and keeping them in the loop at all times.
In cases of clinical negligence, patients who suffered typically have up to three years to start a claim. This is known as the limitation period. The limitation period usually begins on the date of the negligent incident, although in some cases it may begin on the date that you became aware (or should have become aware) that negligence was the cause of the harm you experienced.
The limitation period may not apply in all cases. For example, the rules are different for cases involving:
It’s always best to act as soon as possible in these situations, to avoid missing out on your right to claim. If you’re unsure about your eligibility, contact the team at Switalskis. We’ll have a sensitive and open conversation about your situation and advise you on the next steps.
Often, people feel daunted about the process of making a compensation claim because they believe it will be expensive. At Switalskis, we don’t think that anyone should be put off from making a claim because they can’t afford to. There are several different ways to fund a case that takes away the financial risk and allow you to pursue justice without fear of losing money.
These options may only be relevant in certain cases. When you call the team at Switalskis, we’ll talk you through the available options in more detail and make sure your legal fees are taken care of, so you have nothing to worry about if your claim is unsuccessful. We’ll always work as hard as we can to secure a successful outcome for you and negotiate the highest amount of compensation possible.
If medical professionals failed to correctly assess completeness or to detect retained tissue and you suffered harm as a result, it’s important to take action. Compensation can help to put things right.
Get in touch with Switalskis today on 0800 1380 458 or through the website.