Victoria O’Neill, a solicitor in Irwin Mitchell’s medical law team, has assisted a 31 year old lady to obtain compensation following a caesarean section.
What should have been a joyous time was rendered terrifying for Mrs White as a result of an error during her caesarean section at the end of 2009. Mrs White underwent a caesarean section for the birth of her second child because of complications resulting from her first pregnancy. A few days after her c-section Mrs White’s stitches burst open revealing her bowel. The incident required emergency surgery to correct.
As a result of the incident Mrs White was separated from her son and suffered a major depressive episode with severe anxiety. She also suffered large amounts pain to her abdomen and caesarean scar. Physiotherapy was required for her physical injuries while a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and antidepressants were prescribed as a result of the psychological trauma.
Irwin Mitchell acting on behalf of Mrs White successfully managed to get the Defendant Hospital Trust to admit that the incident was caused by a poor technique relating to the failure to secure knots in the rectus sheath. They Defendant Hospital agreed that had the knots been secured, then there would have been no breakdown of the wound and consequent losses.
As part of her settlement Irwin Mitchell helped to secure compensation for much needed therapy to support Mrs White following a very traumatic episode of her life.
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