Our medical negligence solicitors helped a woman claim compensation from an NHS Trust after her fallopian tube ruptured and had to be removed.
Jaime and her partner were expecting their second child and were delighted at the news. During her pregnancy, Jamie started experiencing pain and bleeding so she went to her local doctor to get help. The doctor advised she go to hospital, and Jaime went to the Leicester Royal Infirmary.
At hospital, Jaime went through a number of tests. Consultants told her that she had an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilised egg implants itself outside the womb, usually on one of the fallopian tubes. If an egg gets stuck on a fallopian tube, it can’t develop into a baby and can cause serious health risk to the mother.
Jaime and her partner were devastated at the news, but were relieved when consultants said Jaime wouldn’t need surgery. They said they could manage it in future and Jaime was allowed to go home.
Three days later, Jaime went back to hospital in extreme pain. After examining her, doctors said she would need immediate surgery and her previous consultants shouldn’t have discharged her.
Jaime had surgery the next day and by this time, her right fallopian tube had ruptured. She lost around five pints of blood during the surgery and doctors had to remove her right fallopian tube completely.
After her surgery, Jaime needed a lot of time off work to recover. As a self-employed hairdresser, this meant she couldn’t work and her recovery time really affected her finances.
She also needed extra support to look after her first child while she recovered.
How We Helped
Once Jaime had recovered, she contacted our medical negligence team to see if we could help her make a claim.
Senior Associate Jenna Harris looked at Jaime’s situation and immediately agreed to take on Jaime’s claim.
Jenna said, “Jaime has faced a truly heart-breaking series of events, as she not only endured the devastation of losing a child but also suffered incredibly traumatic and avoidable complications afterwards.”
Jenna worked with Jaime to understand exactly what happened. She gathered evidence and independent medical advice to strengthen Jaime’s claim. Independent medical experts said that Jaime should’ve had surgery immediately, but she only had it three days later. Doctors could’ve saved her fallopian tube if they acted quicker.
Our team submitted a claim against the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. The Trust admitted responsibility early. They agreed that doctors could’ve done more for Jaime and she should’ve had surgery when she first came to hospital.
Jenna and her team negotiated a five figure settlement for Jaime which was more than Jaime was expecting. Not long after her claim, Jaime fell pregnant again and gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
Jaime said “[had] the various options being fully explained I would have agreed to have surgery at the earliest opportunity. If this would have happened I feel it would have prevented the added pain I have had to go through.
When we found out I was expecting again we were so nervous because of what had happened previously. It was so difficult not to feel something would go wrong so it was such a relief when Bobbi was born.”
Jenna also added that:
“The care she received raised several questions and it is welcome to see the Trust in this case accept that it could have provided better support and also apologise regarding the issues.
We are hopeful that this is a sign that lessons will be learned from Jamie’s experiences and that no one else will face the issues that she has in the future.”
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