How do I know if I have a gynaecology and pregnancy claim?
Determining if you have a claim depends on proving that your doctor, nurse or midwife looking after you or assisting at the birth provided substandard care to you or your child.
Avoidable mistakes can be made during the pregnancy in the interpretation of scans looking for serious abnormalities in the unborn baby or a failure to diagnose and manage an ectopic pregnancy.
Care in the final stages of pregnancy and during labour can also be substandard. Problems can be caused by a failure to interpret and understand the CTG trace monitoring the baby's heart rate. An abnormal reading may indicate the need to deliver urgently by caesarean section. A delay in delivering a baby in distress can cause irreversible brain damage to the child.
The choice of the method of delivery, including the use of forceps, may also be flawed and the skill of attending staff or technical performance of the delivery itself may be insufficient to avoid damage to mother and child.
If our expert medical negligence solicitors can prove that 'on the balance of probability' (i.e. a greater than 50% chance) it was those errors or the failure to act in a timely manner that were directly responsible for the injuries mother and child suffered, you may have a case for a gynaecology and pregnancy claim.