Clinical Negligence lawyers call for lessons to be learned from errors in maternity care29th Oct 2012
Dorset solicitors Coles Miller have called for improvements in the NHS following a new report warning that errors in maternity care are still being repeated
A study by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) has identified 5,087 maternity claims between 2000 and 2010. Within this field the three most frequent categories of claim related to management of labour (14%), caesarean section (13%) and cerebral palsy (11%). In a total of 83 maternity claims the main allegation involved a medication error.
David Simpson, a specialist clinical negligence lawyer says: "It really is not enough paying out huge sums of money in compensation; there needs to be a close review and a raising of standards in order to prevent such negligent mis-management from happening in the first place."
"Our team specialise in clinical negligence cases and we see all too often that the same errors are being made time and time again. We deal with a large number of clinical negligence cases from all over the country where what should be a time of family celebration has turned to tragedy, often with fatal or long lasting physical and psychological injuries. We urge for lessons to be learnt from this."