Inadequate care in the labour ward

Delay in delivery leading to neo-natal death

Compensation: £18,000

Mrs Cummings’ midwife referred her to hospital when, at 37 and a half weeks into her pregnancy, she started experiencing symptoms including swelling of her face, hands and feet and episodes of blurred vision. She was found to have high blood pressure but was sent home without treatment, following which she started to have incidents of diarrhoea and vomiting.

She was induced the next day but, despite CTG readings indicating the baby was in distress, there were delays in delivery. The baby was born covered in meconium and died shortly after birth.

See here for a detailed version of this claim for inadequate care during labour, handled by Tony Mitty.

Fourth degree tear during second stage of labour

Compensation: £250,000

Mrs Woodley suffered a tear during the assisted delivery of her first baby and this was repaired by a consultant obstetrician. Two days later, she began to pass liquid faeces from her vagina and informed the midwives. It was three days before she was seen by a consultant who advised that the tear had not been complete and referred her to a colorectal surgeon. Her surgery had to be deferred for several months so that she could look after her baby.

See here for a more in-depth version of this claim for injury during labour, handled by Alan Mendham.

Failure to adequately repair a perineal tear

Compensation: £34,500

Miss Stanley suffered a perineal tear during the birth of her son. The tear extended to the anal margin. The tear was stitched but the doctor failed to realise that the anal sphincter had been damaged and therefore failed to repair it. After she was discharged from hospital Miss Stanley began to suffer from incontinence and the damage to her anal sphincter was eventually diagnosed and repaired.

We pursued a claim for Miss Stanley on the basis that the delay in diagnosis and repair of damage to the anal sphincter had led to a worse outcome than would have been achieved if the damage had been repaired immediately.

Hyper-stimulation of the uterus

Compensation: £25,000 for Mrs Stephens and £170,000 for her daughter.

Mrs Stephen’s labour was slow to progress, Syntocinon was given and Mrs Stephen’s contractions began to increase far rapidly. Eventually her uterus and bladder ruptured and an emergency Caesarean section had to be performed. The baby suffered brain damage.

We pursued a claim for Mrs Stephens and her daughter on the basis that uterine contractions were not properly monitored while Syntocinon was being administered and this directly led to over stimulation of the uterus eventually causing rupture and serious injury to both mother and child. Sadly Mrs Stephens’s daughter died at the age of 6 as a result of her brain injury.

Bladder damage during Caesarean section

Compensation: £12,000

Mrs Pierce had a Caesarean section for the birth of her son. After delivery Mrs Pierce noticed blood draining from her urinary catheter, hospital staff told her that there was no cause for concern. Later she developed severe pain in her lower abdomen, increased heart rate, and low urine output. It transpired that her bladder had been perforated during the Caesarean section. Mrs Pierce had to undergo another operation to repair her bladder but then made a full recovery.

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