What are gynaecological problems?
Gynaecological problems range from heavy and painful periods to infertility and hormonal problems. As a woman's reproductive organs are internal and many of the common symptoms are non-specific, this can make some conditions difficult to diagnose. A laparoscopy (involving inserting a camera through the belly button) is often undertaken to help with diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made, treatment may be with medication over time or by surgery. Either of these can cause avoidable problems, some leading to major surgery, significant disability and even death.
What can go wrong in gynaecological surgery?
Gynaecological injuries are usually associated with surgery, whether this is done by laparoscope (keyhole) surgery or open surgery. Either of these techniques can cause injury and complications. An injury during laparoscopic surgery might not be noticed at the time. This can lead to the woman becoming very ill and needing further surgery to repair the damage. The most common injury is when a surgeon accidentally injures a structure without realising and the woman then develops peritonitis requiring abdominal surgery. Injuries like these can lead to the woman suffering unnecessary pain and ongoing discomfort.
Some of the more common gynaecological injuries
- Damage to the bladder, bowel or uterus
- Damage during laparoscopic investigations
- Haemorrhage and excessive bleeding
- Incontinence after surgery
- Incorrect insertion of contraceptive coil
- Problems with pelvic floor repairs
- Unnecessary hysterectomy
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What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence means that harm has been caused through medical treatment because the care you received was not up to the accepted standard. Medical negligence (sometimes called clinical negligence) can happen in a number of situations which include: when there are problems during labour, leading to a birth injury to the baby or injury to the mother when…
How long will my claim take?
It can take 12-18 months to investigate a medical negligence claim. Most cases are then settled but, if a claim goes all the way to Trial, it can take a number of years to reach its conclusion.
Can I get Legal Aid?
If the claim relates to a brain injury suffered by a child at, or around the time of, birth, it may be possible to arrange for it to be funded through the Legal Aid Scheme. In that event the Legal Aid Agency will be responsible for all of our fees and expenses and both you…
How much will it cost me to make a claim if I’m not eligible for Legal Aid?
If we take on your medical negligence claim and you are not eligible for Legal Aid, we will offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement which is known as a ‘No Win No Fee’ Agreement. This means that you will not need to pay anything upfront, there are no hidden costs and you pay nothing if…
What can making a medical negligence claim achieve?
Court proceedings are extremely costly, stressful and time consuming. Therefore, it is important to understand what we can and cannot achieve. We are lawyers and our role in helping you to bring a claim for medical negligence is to try to obtain financial compensation for the injury that has been have suffered. Whilst we try…
Mrs Robertson had a laparoscopy to investigate possible causes of why she was having difficulties conceiving. During the procedure, her right common iliac artery was damaged and she lost around three litres of blood. The damage was repaired but she was left with ongoing abdominal pain and scarring.Read more