Pregnancy & Gynaecology Injury Claims

Misdiagnosed Miscarriage Claims

Going through a miscarriage is always a traumatic time. But this experience can become even more upsetting and sometimes life-threatening when doctors misdiagnose what’s happening to you.

An ectopic pregnancy – when the embryo attaches outside the womb, often in the fallopian tubes – is potentially fatal for the mother if misdiagnosed. If left untreated, the fallopian tube may burst, causing internal bleeding. The most common symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Missed periods
  • Vaginal bleeding

Our solicitors could help you claim compensation if:

  • An ectopic pregnancy was misdiagnosed as a miscarriage
  • A miscarriage was misdiagnosed as an ectopic pregnancy, perhaps resulting in unnecessary surgery to remove a fallopian tube

We’re the UK’s largest medical negligence department, so we’ve got the expertise to get you the answers and the compensation you deserve. Our lawyers will also work to make sure you have access to any specialist medical care you might need during your claim.

Most of our medical negligence cases are funded on a No Win No Fee basis, which means you won’t have to worry about legal costs during your claim.*

If you or a loved one has been affected by a misdiagnosed miscarriage, please contact our legal advisers for expert guidance on making a claim.


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    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your negligent treatment at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your injuries. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals. These experts evaluate what care you should have received and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • In most medical negligence cases, you have three years to make a compensation claim, starting from the date the misdiagnosis happened (or the date you first became aware that you’d suffered as a result of negligence). If you were under 18 when the misdiagnosis happened, this three year period begins on your 18th birthday, so you have until you’re 21 to make a claim.

      It’s important to contact us as soon as possible so that we can begin to investigate your claim. If you have questions or concerns about the time limits, please call us for a free initial consultation on 0800 121 6567.

    • Can I Make A Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

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    • As the largest medical negligence department in the country, our solicitors are highly rated by independent legal guides.

      We have years of experience in securing compensation for those who’ve suffered as a consequence of medical errors. Our solicitors are aware that every claim is different and we make sure that we understand the care and support you need.

      Getting an apology and explanation for what’s happened can be just as important as the compensation award. We’ll take the necessary steps to help you make a complaint and will campaign to ensure systems are put in place to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to somebody else.

They were always there to answer my questions and queries when I was at my most vulnerable and they persevered to obtain the best possible result."

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Constitutes Negligence In Misdiagnosed Miscarriage Claims?

An ectopic pregnancy isn’t always immediately obvious, but it’s vital that doctors are able to recognise its warning signs. NICE guidelines state that a woman with a suspected ectopic pregnancy should be referred to A&E immediately.

If an ectopic pregnancy is mistakenly diagnosed as a miscarriage and treatment delayed, the fallopian tube could rupture, resulting in an emergency situation that requires urgent surgery and can in rare cases cause death.

When a miscarriage is misdiagnosed as an ectopic pregnancy, the patient might have unnecessary surgery to remove a fallopian tube. Losing a fallopian tube could damage your future chances of conceiving particularly if your remaining fallopian tube isn’t healthy.

We also help women who have been affected by a failure to diagnose and treat placental tissue left in the uterus after a miscarriage (also known as retained products of conception).

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What Are The Symptoms Of An Ectopic Pregnancy?

Ectopic pregnancies are potentially life-threatening, so medical staff need to be aware of the symptoms associated with them. The most common indicators of ectopic pregnancies are:

  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Missed periods (amenorrhoea)
  • Vaginal bleeding, with or without clots

Other signs include:

  • Breast tenderness
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Shoulder tip pain
  • Urinary symptoms
  • Passage of pregnancy tissue
  • Rectal pressure or pain during defecation

Some ectopic pregnancies don’t result in any of the above symptoms, and are only diagnosed when a scan fails to detect the foetus in the womb, suggesting that the egg is within one of the fallopian tubes.

Medical professionals should be able to spot the warning signs of an ectopic pregnancy – if you’ve been let down, our solicitors could help you claim compensation. Call us on 0800 121 6567 for a free initial consultation.

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How Are Ectopic Pregnancies Treated?

There are a number of treatments for ectopic pregnancies. You’ll be recommended a course of action based on factors such as how long you’ve been pregnant, your symptoms and the level of pregnancy hormone (human chorionic gonadotropin – HCG) in your blood.

The three main types of ectopic pregnancy treatment are:

  • Expectant management: you’ll be monitored closely, with regular blood tests, on the basis that the ectopic pregnancy is expected to dissolve by itself.
  • Medication: you’ll be given an injection of methotrexate to stop the pregnancy from growing.
  • Surgery: the fallopian tube will be removed during keyhole surgery if the other tube looks healthy. If this isn’t the case, the surgeon will attempt to remove the ectopic pregnancy while preserving the tube.

Our solicitors could help you claim compensation if you’ve suffered as a result of incorrect treatment for an ectopic pregnancy. Call one of our legal experts on 0800 121 6567 for free initial advice or contact us online.

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