With modern medicine maternal health in childbirth is usually not a cause for concern. Occasionally, however, a woman may develop an infection after giving birth, or even a miscarriage, or loss of pregnancy. An infection can usually be treated with antibiotics, but if it is not diagnosed early on, or has progressed or developed within the body, it can lead to serious complications such as sepsis, infertility or even death.
An infection may occur after any birth, but the medical professionals who care for women in pregnancy and birth are trained to recognize the symptoms of infection and to be alert to the possibility of complications. A failure to diagnose or treat an infection correctly could be catastrophic for the woman in question, and may constitute medical negligence.
HOW CAN POST NATAL INFECTION OCCUR?
- Ectopic pregnancy: An ectopic pregnancy, in which the fertilized egg begins to develop inside the fallopian tube, cannot develop into a healthy pregnancy but can cause damage to the tube and the surrounding area. If undiagnosed, the woman may be at serious risk, and if she ultimately loses her fallopian tube, this may impact on her ability to conceive in the future.
- A miscarriage: An early pregnancy loss will not usually cause complications, as the body will usually expel all placental or foetal tissue from the uterus. However, a later miscarriage may sometimes lead to infection if all of the placental or foetal tissue is not expelled. Any retained products can decay and cause infection, and women may be offered scans and a dilation and curettage procedure to ensure that the uterus is clear. This can be a traumatic process for a woman to undergo, and the highest standard of medical care is required. Some medical negligence claims arise from the physical and emotional harm resulting from substandard care in the management of a miscarriage.
- Retained placenta: Following the birth of a baby, the placenta will be expelled from the uterus and it should be checked to ensure that it is complete. If any part of the placental tissue has been retained inside the uterus, there are specific procedures that medical professionals should follow to prevent infection and manage the condition, including the use of ultrasound scanning and surgery. If these procedures are not correctly followed, and an infection is allowed to progress, the consequences may be very serious indeed.
If you suspect that you have been the victim of medical negligence during pregnancy or childbirth, you should seek the advice of an experienced solicitor* who can help you to proceed with a medical negligence case.
How to Proceed with your case
If you feel that you may be entitled to bring a case as a result of an injury sustained due to the negligence of a medical professional, it is important to consult with a solicitor experienced in this area of law.
At S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors, we have 35 year’s experience in dealing with claims of this type and are sensitive to the burden that such litigation places on the claimant. This is why we take the time to understand the impact such injuries have on our clients everyday life and wellbeing.
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