Sterilisation Negligence Claims
Being sterilised or having a vasectomy is not a decision people take lightly. Whether you decide you do not want children at all, or your family is complete, the surgery is not without risks. While surgical sterilisation has a high success rate, failure due to medical negligence can happen.
Unwanted pregnancy due to failed sterilisation can have an enormous emotional and financial impact on people’s lives regardless if whether they decide to proceed with the pregnancy.
What is Sterilisation Negligence?
Negligence is when a doctor, nurse, or another professional healthcare provider who owes you a duty of care makes an avoidable error which causes you injury or harm. Not all case of failed sterilisation are due to negligence, but where an unplanned pregnancy occurs within a year after the vasectomy or sterilisation procedure, this is often the case. Examples of sterilisation negligence can include:
- Applying the sterilisation clip to a nearby ligament, nerve, or blood vessel instead of the fallopian tube or vas deferens (sperm tube).
- Failure to inform patients about the risks of unprotected intercourse for a fortnight before, or three months after a vasectomy.
- Using an inappropriate sterilisation technique.
- Inadequate postsurgical monitoring to check for infection.
- Inadequate assessment to confirm a patient’s suitability for the procedure.
Sterilisation negligence claims can be made for either wrongful conception or wrongful birth, depending on whether the parents decide to terminate or proceed with a pregnancy. Women can claim for the cost of abortion and loss of earnings for the time she has to take off work for the process and recovery. They can also claim for the physical suffering of pregnancy and labour, and any loss of earnings during their pregnancy. Women who are the victims of failed sterilisation cannot, however, claim any compensation for the cost of raising a healthy child, or loss of earnings for having to reduce their hours or give up work in order to care for them.
How Can We Help?
If you have suffered from sterilisation negligence, or even if you think that negligence may have been the cause of your unwanted pregnancy but you are not sure, get in touch with The Medical Negligence Experts. Our lawyers are experienced in handling clinical negligence claims and can advise you on how to proceed.
The first step is to ascertain whether negligence was involved and whether it was the cause of your failed sterilisation. If so, we will submit the claim to the other party with the request that they acknowledge responsibility and compensation you appropriately. They will conduct their investigation before returning with an offer or a denial of liability. The majority of medical negligence claims reach an agreement before going to trial, though there is often legal negotiation involved to arrive at a fair payment. We will to advise and support you through the trial process if your case does go to court, keeping your best interests at the forefront of the proceedings.
Contact The Medical Negligence Experts today and find out how we can help you.
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have suffered from medical negligence in the past 3 years, the short answer is yes.
However, medical negligence can be complicated, so we recommend that you speak with one of our expert solicitors - It’s Free.
How much could I claim?
As every medical case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: the level of negligence, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our experienced team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
Why should you choose us?
No Win No Fee
We offer a No Win No Fee* service on all our claims - We assess each claim on its merits with the information provided, which aids us to determine its likely success rate. This takes the risk away from you.
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Our experienced solicitors are experts in securing compensation no matter the level of negligence.
We are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you, while providing friendly support every step of the way.
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On contact, you will be allocated your own expert Medical Negligence solicitor who will be there every step of the way. You will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of your solicitor.
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