Posted by Naomi Todd, Senior Associate
35-year-old woman receives over £27,000 in compensation for sepsis and other injuries suffered as a result of negligence during childbirth
In April 2018, our client went into labour and was admitted to hospital. Despite presenting with a persistently high temperature, no antibiotics were prescribed as she developed sepsis. Unfortunately, as a result of being prescribed beta blockers for atrial fibrillation, the severity of her sepsis was also hidden from medical professionals.
Apart from the sepsis our client suffered, the labour was proceeding slowly. Medical staff responded slowly to this, negligently delaying an emergency caesarean section.
Once the baby was delivered the next day, by c-section, complications from the procedure led to impacted fetal head on our client’s pelvis and extension of a uterine wound.
After the birth antibiotics were also withdrawn, increasing the risk of postnatal infection for our client. Staff noted that she had a high serum creatinine, a sign of an acute injury to her kidney, and yet our client was still given ibuprofen which should be avoided in this event. A week later, the infection became worse.
When re-admitted to A&E with this infection, our client was diagnosed with sepsis caused by infection of her uterine wound as well as endometriosis.
As a result of the negligent treatment, the resulting traumatic delivery and further hospital care required, our client was left unable to care for her new-born baby and suffered ongoing psychological trauma. These have included depression, flashbacks, nightmares and an inability to sleep. These prevented our client from bonding with her child at a key time, as well as being unable to breastfeed. Our client is also left with ongoing issues relating to sex
Looking ahead, our client is now at increased risk of preterm birth, uterine rupture, and intrauterine and pelvic adhesions in any future pregnancies.
Due to the nature of her injuries and the negligent care that led to them, the defendant hospital trust settled our client’s claim for £27,500. This includes £15,000 for her pain, suffering and loss of amenity, the rest being for care costs, loss of earnings and treatment as well as any other future losses.
Our client had the following to say on TrustPilot:
“I can’t recommend Royds Withy King enough. I was really nervous about starting my negligence claim; I had a really traumatic birth experience and I knew I wanted to hold them accountable, but I just didn’t know if I could face the legal journey. However, I was treated with respect and empathy from the very beginning of the process, and was never rushed into anything. Naomi Todd explained everything to me and was always incredibly responsive – she understood that, for me, this was more about vindication and preventing my situation from happening to someone else, than it was about financial compensation; as such, Naomi and everyone else at RWK went above and beyond in ensuring those responsible held themselves accountable. I was involved and consulted at every stage of the process and always knew and understood what was happening. My expectations around timelines were always managed and everything was communicated to me as soon as it happened. RWK achieved a really positive outcome for my claim and I honestly couldn’t be happier with the service I’ve received. If you have experienced medical negligence and want good, honest, and respectful people to fight your corner, then I can’t recommend Royds Withy King more.”
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