An ectopic pregnancy is traumatic for any mother and the experience can be harrowing. Most women going through this tragedy receive an excellent level of care from the NHS and the treatment they need to ensure their health. However, there are cases where women suffering an ectopic pregnancy are let down by those responsible for their care, making the experience more distressing and placing those affected at risk.
An ectopic pregnancy can’t be saved but it can be life-threatening for the mother if treatment isn’t delivered. Where medical negligence has led to undue suffering, in particular, avoidable damage to fertility, Your Legal Friend is here to offer support. We can help you understand why you were let down by those that should have been providing you with an excellent standard of care. We know that financial compensation can’t undo the damage that has been caused but it can help you take a step forward.
An ectopic pregnancy can have serious consequences and impact upon the woman’s future fertility if it is not diagnosed and treated promptly.
When symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy are presented... a doctor can be negligent in a number of ways, such as:
If a doctor does diagnose an ectopic pregnancy:
- Treatment can still be delayed
- After a routine scan fails to find the foetus in the womb, no further tests are carried out.
An ectopic pregnancy must be promptly diagnosed to prevent serious complications, which could affect long term health, fertility or even cause a fatal injury.
A doctor, specialist or other clinicians involved in your diagnosis owe you ‘a duty of care’ to interpret the symptoms correctly and ensure that you get the right treatment.
If at any stage a mistake is made in diagnosis, the wrong course of treatment administered or the standard of care fell below what is appropriate, then you may have a medical negligence case.
The highest degree of sensitivity and understanding
If a patient feels that they have been let down by a health professional, it can be difficult for them to place their trust in a legal professional. We at Your Legal Friend recognise that Clinical negligence cases can be emotional and therefore need a degree of sensitivity and understanding from specialist lawyers throughout the legal process.
Reaching a decision to make a civil claim for clinical negligence is never easy. Our team of both male and female lawyers can offer understanding and expert guidance to help you succeed in making your case.
Your Legal Friend has many years of experience in resolving clinical negligence cases. Our specialist knowledge of both legal and medical issues together with a sensitive awareness of how everyone involved is affected means we can help you:
- Find out what went wrong with a diagnosis, treatment or procedure.
- Obtain financial compensation for the injury or harm caused.
Did you know
- Between 1-2% of pregnancies are ectopic. ("Diagnosing ectopic pregnancy” Research Survey, 2014).
- Ectopic pregnancy can occur in any sexually active woman of reproductive age.
- Rates of ectopic pregnancy are higher in women who:
- are older
- have previously had multiple pregnancies
- are non-white
- A woman who has suffered from one ectopic pregnancy increases the possibility of suffering from a further ectopic pregnancy.
- 65 per cent of women will become pregnant within 18 months following an ectopic pregnancy.
- 85 per cent will become pregnant after two years following an ectopic pregnancy.