Following a caesarean section, the Claimant began to experience bloating and severe waives of cramp which felt like contractions.  She was initially investigated by a midwife and a SHO in obstetrics but no treatment or investigations were offered. 

Two days after the birth, an abdominal x-ray was performed which showed abnormalities in the colon.  However, there was a delay in sending the Claimant to theatre by which time P had suffered necrosis in a large part of her bowel (which had to be removed).

Fourteen months later, the Claimant re-attended her gynaecologist because she had been trying to become pregnant without success.  It was discovered that the right fallopian tube had been blocked, we alleged, due to the delay in treatment which had occurred immediately after birth. 

We investigated the claim on P’s behalf and we established that there was a delay in diagnosing the necrosis to her bowel.  This had resulted, amongst other things, in her primary infertility.

Proceedings were issued and liability strenuously denied in the defence. 

Some time later breach of duty was admitted and following lengthy negotiations the Claimant accepted the sum of £65,000 and costs in January 2005.  In addition she received a letter of apology.

The case was conducted on a Conditional Fee Agreement by Sam Critchley.


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