Jonathan Herbert, specialist Clinical Negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured compensation for a client who suffered an avoidable secondary haemorrhage because of a failure to remove a missing succenturiate lobe of placenta.
The claimant in this Clinical Negligence claim was a 30 year old female who was 40+ weeks pregnant when she went into labour.
It was alleged on the claimant’s behalf that the labour was managed poorly. There was no evidence of imminent danger, but the lead clinician proceeded to a forceps delivery. The wrong type of forceps were used which is why the lead clinician could not deliver the baby with them. From the claimant’s position, this was potentially dangerous because of a risk of upper vaginal laceration which could have been life-threatening.
The claimant’s baby was delivered eventually. After placental delivery the succenturiate lobe of placenta was not evident. Approximately one month later, the claimant suffered severe abdominal pain and blood loss. The retained placenta lobe was delivered and a large blood clot was passed.
The hospital admitted the alleged failure to adequately follow up the missing lobe of placenta and to remove it, but nothing else.
Jonathan Herbert acted for the claimant and in an out-of-court settlement, he recovered a fair level of compensation for the claimant.
Jonathan Herbert specialises in Birth Injury cases. If you would like to ask Jonathan Herbert a question about a potential case, or if you have a general query about any personal injury, contact Jonathan on 01892 701226 in confidence.