The area of medical (or ‘clinical’) negligence affecting women is extremely wide and varied, and can cover any type of medical issues or treatment. While in this country we’re privileged enough to benefit from a generally very high standard of national health care, unfortunately things do sometimes go wrong.
If you are a woman and feel you have been the victim of poor medical care or have been given wrong or incomplete information about the state of your health – and if these incidents have led to further damage in the form of injuries, diseases, or extended financial problems – you could be within your rights to ask for compensation by making a negligence claim against the medical professional or professionals who treated you.
Your Medical Negligence Claim – Specialist Female Solicitor Available
Our team fully understand that some women simply feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about discussing personal details with a male solicitor – however sympathetic they may be.
So here at Bonallack and Bishop, the medical negligence solicitors, we give you a choice of a male female solicitor to personally run your claim.
Our team includes not only a solicitor who is an experienced and fully qualified nurse, but the head of our team is Denise Broomfield – one of just 180 solicitors nationwide (out of over 100,000 in England and Wales) who is an accredited member of both the highly specialist medical negligence panels run by the Law Society and campaigning patient justice charity AvMA.
[Click here to read more about the importance of appointing a genuinely specialist solicitor to run your claim for medical compensation.]
What Types Of Medical Negligence Affect Women?
When it comes to women, there are many different types of medical negligence that can occur. Here are just some of the ways women can be treated negligently by doctors or other medical staff:
• Pregnancy. This is clearly a very important time in a woman’s life, and it can be an incredibly stressful time if you believe you are being treated wrongly during your nine months – after all; it isn’t just your own health at risk. Medical negligence in pregnancy can include many different issues, including failure to diagnose conditions such as uterine rupture, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, ectopic pregnancy and more. Getting these diagnoses wrong – or failing to identify the problem until it’s too late – can lead to complications during the birth and long lasting conditions in the baby. Clinical negligence can also involve not adequately repairing damage sustained during delivery (such as tears), as well as any complications due to haemorrhages. If you suspect negligent treatment during the time of your pregnancy or during the birth of your child, seek professional help straight away.
Click here for information on how to make a birth injury claim.
• Gynaecological Issues. This is another sensitive issue for women and one that encompasses many different medical conditions. The main problems concerning gynaecological medical negligence can include errors made or damage caused during an abortion, misdiagnosis of cancer, infections contracted in hospitals, issues with hysterectomies, issues arising from contraception, post-operation complications and much more. Generally, these types of claims fall into one of two categories: a failure to treat/diagnose a gynaecological issue, or an action carried out by a health care professional which causes some kind of gynaecological injury.
• Other Issues. These can include problems arising from fertility treatment, errors in cancer screening/mammograms, errors in breast implant surgery and much more.
Making Your Medical Negligence Claim
If you believe you have suffered poor care at the hands of a medical professional, you need to act quickly to make the most of your claim (generally the law dictates a time limit of three years once you have become aware of the problem in which you should claim, otherwise it may not be valid), and so it is vitally important to find a solicitor whom you feel comfortable with and who is fully accredited in the area of medical negligence (just looking on their website should tell you this but if you are unsure, don’t hesitate to ask).
If your solicitor thinks you have a case, they will then start gathering information regarding your health and treatment, including medical notes and records from your GP and any hospitals you have attended. These, in turn, will be looked over by experts in the particular field needed and a report will be made giving their opinions on what – if any – medical negligence has taken place. If everything goes to plan, you will be given financial compensation which you will be able to use for any existing and future medical costs relating to extra treatment or lost time at work that occurred due to the negligence you experienced.
Don’t delay your claim
If you have experienced any of the above medical issues and believe you may be entitled to compensation, get in touch with us today. Our specialist solicitors will be able to discuss your case with you (during a free phone call and free initial consultation) and will also be able to advise you on the next steps you should take. Even if you’re unsure of your rights regarding medical treatment, our experts will be able to support you during this difficult time.
Most medical error claims must be started within 3 years of the negligent act – or you becoming aware of the negligence is later. However there are some exceptions for people under 18 – so make sure you get as you can.
We also understand that as a woman, it can be difficult to talk about medical issues with people you either don’t know or have nothing in common with. You also may simply prefer to talk to a woman about your problems. If this is the case, don’t worry; our specialist female solicitor will be able to help you and support you regarding any issues you have. Just remember to act quickly to avoid going over any time limits that can affect your medical negligence claim.
Are You a Woman Who Is Thinking of Making a Medical Negligence Claim? Contact our Medical Negligence Specialists today
We also understand that as a woman, it can be difficult to talk about medical issues with people you either don’t know or have nothing in common with. You also may simply prefer to talk to a woman about your problems. If this is the case, don’t worry; you can choose specialist female or male solicitor to help you and support you regarding any issues you have. Just remember to act quickly to avoid going over any time limits that can affect your medical negligence claim.
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