Uterine Rupture Claims
Potter Rees Dolan is here to help you if you have suffered a uterine rupture which the medical professionals failed to pick up on or properly manage. Uterine ruptures can have a devastating impact on you and your loved ones. You may have many questions as to what exactly went wrong, and that’s where our team can help.
Our professional and caring team of clinical negligence solicitors can help you and your child get the financial award you need to cope with the devastation that uterine ruptures can cause. We can’t even begin to understand how difficult it must be living with the consequences of a uterine abruption, but our sympathetic team has the relevant experience to help you cope emotionally and financially with the injury caused.
Our clinical negligence team includes leading solicitors Helen Dolan, Lesley Herbertson and Gill Edwards, who all feature in the prestigious Legal 500 and Chambers 2017 guides. One of our guiding principles is to personalise our service for every single person we work with and put our clients first.
We want to help, and we’re ready to get you the support and the compensation you deserve. Call our team on 0800 027 2557. If you prefer to send us a message, fill in the contact form on this page, and a member of our clinical negligence team will get back to you. If there is someone you’d prefer to speak to, please find their contact details on our people page.
What is a uterine rupture?
A uterine rupture is typically where a scar from a previous caesarean section tears open during childbirth. They are fairly uncommon, but it can be a risk for mothers who choose to give birth vaginally after having had a caesarean birth in a previous pregnancy.
In exceptional cases, uterine ruptures can occur without a previous caesarean scar - although these cases are extremely rare.
Risks of uterine rupture
Uterine ruptures can be life-threatening for an unborn child. They are a medical emergency, and require swift action to protect the wellbeing of the mother and child. The following is a list of factors that may increase the risk of uterine rupture:
- A body mass index of more than 30 at the start of a pregnancy
- Having a vaginal birth after a caesarean
- How a caesarean was carried out in a previous pregnancy
- Whether you have had uterine surgery or not
- Being induced when trying for a vaginal birth after a caesarean
- Blunt or direct trauma to the abdomen
When a uterine rupture occurs, it should be treated as a medical emergency by the medical professionals. You may have been a victim of clinical negligence if one or more of the following apply to you:
- If there has been a delay in diagnosing and managing a uterine rupture
- Your medical team has failed to properly identify existing procedures or conditions, which contributed to a uterine rupture
- Failing to identify whether a caesarean section is needed, when a previous caesarean section had been carried out
- Delay in carrying out an emergency caesarean section once a uterine rupture has been diagnosed
Possible complications with uterine ruptures
Uterine ruptures require immediate treatment. Any delay in treatment can cause complications for mother and child and, in some cases, failing to act can have fatal consequences. Examples of complications include:
- Organ damage for the mother
- Severe blood loss, leading to shock, collapse and injury
- Brain damage to newborn child, including cerebral palsy
- Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) if it cannot be adequately repaired
- Death of mother and/or child
How we can help
Potter Rees Dolan’s clinical negligence team has earned its reputation as one of the best in the country. With expert medical insight and a combined experience of over 60 years in serious injury law, our team has an unshakable dedication to help families recover compensation they deserve.
About Helen Dolan, head of the department, Chambers 2017 says: “A source describes Helen Dolan as ‘formidable in her knowledge of the law and medicine,’ adding: ‘She's one of the best clinical negligence solicitors in Manchester.’”
Gill Edwards is described as being “well regarded for work on catastrophic injury in both adults and children. Her background as a registered general nurse aids her in issues of medical negligence. One source notes that ‘she is really lovely with clients, very thorough, and has a warm personality.’”
Chambers 2017 says, Lesley Herbertson “plays a crucial role in many of the firm’s diverse clinical negligence cases. A commentator highlights her “understanding of cases and the way she moves cases forward," while another interviewee adds: ‘She is an extremely bright lawyer who is lovely with clients and keen to put them at ease’.”
Our clients tell us that it is the empathy and care with which we act that sets us apart. We specialise in serious and catastrophic injuries, so we know how difficult it can be to live with severe disability. It is our aim therefore, to make the claim process as stress-free for you and your family as we can.
Many clinical negligence cases are funded on a “no win, no fee” agreement, which is also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement. We can investigate your potential claim and you will not have to pay us anything if your case is not successful. In our first meeting, we’ll explain how a Conditional Fee Agreement works.
You may already have a legal expense insurance policy We’ll always start by investigating whether you can use the same policy for your case, before we consider whether a Conditional Fee Agreement is more appropriate for you and your case.
What happens next?
We will discuss your circumstances in detail and help you understand whether or not you have a case. If you do, we will help you gather all of the evidence to build a strong case. Our teams do this to make sure we give you the best chance of success to make sure we recover an appropriate amount of compensation.
Your medical records are where we will look first - we will obtain them and study them with you in detail.
We will then instruct independent experts to advise whether or not you or your family member has received substandard treatment. Once we have positive expert evidence in support of your claim, we will initiate court proceedings. We always try to progress the claim as quickly as possible, whilst allowing opportunities to adequately settle the case early.
If it is possible, we work to obtain an interim award. An interim award can have a significant impact on those that have suffered with the devastating consequences of uterine ruptures. It can help with expensive care costs for your child, cover loss of earnings as you recover from the extent of your injuries.