Settlement for pain during c-section and post natal complications

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Our client, Miss C, was approaching the end of her third pregnancy. Similarly to her previous two pregnancies she was about to deliver her third child by elective caesarean section. Her decision was to undergo a sterilisation after the delivery of her baby as she and her partner didn't plan to have any more children.

She received spinal epidural and delivery via caesarean section began. Baby C was delivered without any complications. The sterilisation procedure began when unexpectedly Miss C. started to feel sensation in her lower abdomen. She was experiencing pain which soon became excruciating and unbearable.

She and her partner informed the medical team who were still operating on her. Soon her whole body started to shiver as a result of increasing pain. Unfortunately, those symptoms were not appreciated early enough for Miss C. She required a general anaesthetic when pain relieving injections failed to help. This very unpleasant and painful experience left our client with psychological symptoms and a fear of going near hospitals. She is still having nightmares to date, although these have lessened.

Our client alleged that if the clinicians had acted promptly when she first advised that she could feel the surgery; she would have avoided the very painful and terrifying experience which has left her with psychological problems. She also made an allegation in relation to post natal care received. The Trust admitted this allegation.

Miss C. contacted our Clinical Negligence team in October 2012. Patricia Wakeford, Associate and an ex-midwife managed her claim. Initially the trust admitted to the postnatal issue only and offered a small sum in compensation. Our client stood by her concerns about feeling pain during her surgery. Supportive expert evidence was disclosed to the defendant. Further offers were put forward and final settlement was accepted by our Client of £2,750.00. She intends to use this to pay for psychological therapy.

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About the Author

Patricia is a Senior Associate, in our Clinical Negligence team, and is also a qualified midwife with many years of experience working in the NHS.

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