Claiming Compensation For A Misdiagnosed Ectopic Pregnancy
Ectopic pregnancies can be treated with the drug methotrexate – rather than surgery – but only if diagnosed early.
Failure to diagnose and treat an ectopic pregnancy in time can cause the fallopian tube to rupture, leading to severe and potentially fatal internal bleeding. In all cases the baby is lost.
Sometimes doctors fail to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy promptly because the symptoms can be similar to those of a miscarriage, acute appendicitis or ovarian torsions.
Your doctor should take into account your medical history and also key risk factors such as any existing damage to your fallopian tubes caused by infection, previous surgery or an earlier ectopic pregnancy.
Other risk factors can include your choice of contraception (coil or mini pill); infertility treatment (IVF) your age (35+) and if you smoke.
Did the hospital treating you miss these warning signs and fail to carry out the recommended ultrasound scans and tests of HCG serum levels needed to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy?
If so, then you may have grounds to claim for medical negligence.
How Much Compensation Could I Claim?
Successful claims for a misdiagnosed ectopic pregnancy typically result in a compensation award or a settlement of between £20,000 and £35,000.
Damages can be substantially higher in the event of more serious complications, bearing in mind any loss of earnings and the care needs of you and your family.
Our medical negligence solicitors handle all claims on a No Win No Fee basis so there is no financial risk to you.
Coles Miller is listed among the UK’s Legal 500 recommended lawyers for its expertise and experience in handling specialist clinical negligence compensation claims.
Contact Coles Miller Partner David Simpson, head of our Medical Negligence department, for more information about claiming compensation for misdiagnosed ectopic pregnancies.