Specialist lawyer Anna Stacey has secured £42,500 in compensation for a woman who suffered severe urinary retention after giving birth.
Following her baby’s birth, Mrs A was taken to the ward and left to rest. She had not yet passed urine. She started to experience lower back pain and told a midwife, who advised her to practice pelvic floor exercises. Mrs A’s back pain continued to worsen.
Mrs A continued to struggle to pass large amounts of urine and was increasingly uncomfortable. She experienced two episodes of urinary incontinence on the ward.
As a result, she was given a catheter and was advised this would be removed 24 hours later. When the catheter was removed, Mrs A was still unable to pass urine and required the use of a further catheter.
The next day the catheter was removed, but Mrs A again failed to pass urine. She had to be re-catheterised in order for her bladder to be emptied.
Mrs A was reviewed by a physiotherapist with regard to bladder function who advised that she use a flip flow value catheter to retrain her bladder.
She was then discharged home with the catheter in. Ten days later she returned to hospital to have her catheter removed. A bladder scan was not performed. A month later, Mrs A continued to have bladder problems and she was unable to pass urine naturally.
As a result of the failure to properly identify and manage Mrs A’s urinary retention following the birth of her baby, she was left with permanent neurological damage to her bladder, which means that she does not feel the urge to pass urine.
Mrs A instructed Anna Stacey to act on her behalf and because of the suffering she endured, £42,500 was secured in compensation in an out of court settlement.
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