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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 of expert solicitors 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 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.

What are the 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

How can I purse a clinical negligence claim for uterine rupture?

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

What are the 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 a reputation as one of the very best in the UK. Boasting a combined experience in serious injury law of over 60 years and comprehensive medical insight, the team has an unwavering dedication to help families recover the compensation they deserve.

About Helen Dolan, head of the department, Chambers 2018 says: “Helen is scrupulous in her preparation and organisation, highly experienced, and her knowledge and insight was extremely reassuring.”

Chambers 2018 says, Lesley Herbertson “has recently handled a delay of treatment case concerning cauda equina. She has additional capabilities in assisting with failings in district nursing and delays in diagnosis leading to brain injuries.”

Gill Edwards is described as being and "exceptionally good solicitor" and garners praise from a client who says: "The way that she helped me is amazing. She is fantastic.”

About our clinical negligence team, our clients are quoted in Chambers 2018 saying: "it was the personal attention we received, the knowledge of the specific needs and future hopes of the claimant, and consideration for our family life that made the firm the right match for us."

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.

Funding

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.

Contact us today

Please don’t delay, call our team today to get the help and support you need. You can reach us on 0800 027 2557. If you’d like one of our compassionate team to call you back, fill in the contact form on this page or visit our contact page. If you would like to speak a specific person at the firm, visit their profile on our people page.

Useful Information

Emergency Emergency Caesarean Section

This procedure is usually carried out when a normal vaginal delivery would put the mother or the baby at risk.

However, an emergency caesarean is performed when circumstances before or during labour call for an unplanned procedure.

A caesarean section is usually carried out under an epidural or a spinal anaesthetic causing the lower part of the body to be numbed. The procedure usually takes 40-45 minutes but, during an emergency, can be performed quicker.

The risks to the mother in a caesarean section can include an infection of the wound or the womb lining, a blood clot (thrombosis) in the legs or excess bleeding.

Doctors now give the mother a dose of antibiotics before the operation to reduce the likelihood of any infections.

Risks to the baby during a caesarean, according to the NHS, are no greater than a normal vaginal delivery but the most common problem of babies delivered by caesarean is difficulty breathing, although this usually affects babies born prematurely.

Endometriosis

This is a condition where tissue which behaves like the lining of the womb (endometrium) is found outside the womb. This is a common condition which is said to affect around 2 million women in the UK. [source]

The symptoms of endometriosis varies from woman to woman but the most common include; painful or heavy periods, pain in the lower abdomen, pelvis or lower back, pain during and after sex, bleeding between periods and difficulty getting pregnant.

The exact cause of endometriosis is unclear and there are many different theories. One theory is that endometriosis is hereditary where it has been passed down through the genes.

Another theory is that it is caused by retrograde menstruation which is when the womb lining flows backwards through the fallopian tubes into the abdomen instead of leaving the body as a period. The tissue then embeds itself into the pelvic organs and grows.

There is no cure for endometriosis but treatments are available to help ease the symptoms including; pain relief and hormone injections. Alternatively, surgery may be performed to remove the endometriosis tissue through laparoscopy or even hysterectomy.

Endometriosis can sometimes cause fertility problems through damaging the ovaries or fallopian tubes but it is said that up to 70% of women with mild-mid endometriosis have no problems getting pregnant after treatment.

Salpingo-Oophorectomy

This is a surgical procedure which can be either unilateral or bilateral.

Unilateral is where the fallopian tube and an ovary are both removed and a bilateral procedure involves the removal of both sets of fallopian tubes and both ovaries are removed.

In a salpingo-oophorectomy, a woman's reproductive organs are accessed through an incision in the lower abdomen, or laparoscopically (A). Once the area is visualized, a diseased fallopian tube can be severed from the uterus and removed (B and C). The ovary can also be removed with the tube (D). The remaining structures are stitched (E), and the wound is closed. (Illustration by GGS Inc.)

The reasons for this surgery to be performed is usually to treat forms of gynaecological cancer or pelvic inflammatory disease.

This procedure may also be done to treat endometriosis as well as if a woman has been diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy.

Salpingo-oophorectomy is considered major surgery if performed through an abdominal incision and would require three to six weeks to fully recover.

However, if the procedure if performed laparoscopically, the recovery time can be much shorter.

Immediately following the operation, sharply flexing the thighs or the knees should be avoided.

And if the patient suffers with persistent back pain or blood in the urine then it may indicate that a ureterhas been injured during surgery.

Other complications, as with most major surgeries, can include infection, haemorrhage and scars at the incision.

Complications after a salpingo-oophorectomy, however, can include changes in sex drive, hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms if both ovaries are removed.

In general, studies have shown that the complication rate following salpingo-oophorectomy is essentially the same as that following hysterectomy.

Uterine Prolapse

This occurs when the pelvic floor muscles stretch and weaken so there is inadequate support for the uterus, meaning it slips down and protrudes out of the vagina.

Symptoms of a uterine prolapse can include; pain during sex, problems passing urine and the need to urinate more often. However, some women do not have any symptoms.

Childbirth through vaginal delivery can be a cause of a uterine prolapse. The risk of a woman having a prolapse increases as she gets older due to the lack of oestrogen hormone during menopause.

Treatment for a uterine prolapse is not always necessary, however, doctors may advise weight loss to ease stress on pelvic structures and avoiding heavy lifting. Pelvic floor exercises can strengthen the muscles.

If surgery is needed, then a hysterectomy may be performed, whereby the uterus is removed entirely. Or the uterus may be placed back in its original position by re-attaching pelvic ligaments.

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