Pregnancy Treatment & Neglect

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Peter Rigby, Director of Medical Neglience

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It is important to ensure that pregnancy care is always of the highest standard, not only for the baby’s health but also the health of the mother. Pregnancy can be a time fraught with emotion and it is vital that check-ups and scans are carried out regularly to ensure that everything is progressing as it should.

If you feel that you have been treated poorly and either your health or the health of your baby was affected, or scans had not been carried out as they should be, you may be entitled to make a claim.

You may be able to claim for:

  • Any diseases or infections caused by negligence
  • Delivery errors resulting in injury
  • Inadequate scans and examination of the baby
  • Problems that could have been identified being missed resulting in avoidable injury

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When it comes to pregnancy claims and birth negligence, we understand the emotional distress involved if something did happen to you or your baby. We are caring and compassionate listeners and will strive to get you the compensation you deserve. Our medical negligence team have a wealth of knowledge in this field and have seen and dealt with practically every possible claim type.

 

Complications caused by negligent caesarean delivery

During a caesarean delivery, there are various examples of poor treatment or neglect where you may be entitled to make a claim.

  • A delayed caesarean section or a failure to perform the surgery at all. This delayed action or inaction could result in injury to the mother or the child.
  • Any surgical errors that have resulted in preventable injury to the mother or the child.
  • A post-surgery infection caused by negligent action on behalf of the medical staff, or a negligent delay in diagnosing and treating the infection.

 

Delivery errors resulting in injury

Delivery errors resulting in injury can cause pain and suffering for many women.

We trust doctors and medical staff to deliver our babies and do so safely and quickly.

If you believe that you experienced negligence whilst delivering your baby, you may be able to make a medical negligence claim on our pregnancy & birth errors page.

 

Inadequate scans and examination of the baby

If you believe the scans of your baby were not accurate, or the way in which your baby was examined was negligent, our expert birth injury team will want to talk this through with you. Often, if there is any doubts around the general health of your child, thorough physical examinations are key to diagnosing any potential issues. Furthermore, all parents should be offered examinations within 72 hours of delivering your child.

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Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in medical negligence and misdiagnosis claims. At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you. It's not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.

Meet our medical negligence team

Peter Rigby

Peter Rigby
Director of Medical Negligence

Peter leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injury department, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.

Peter is dedicated to supporting victims of catastrophic medical negligence injuries and endeavours to provide a clear and coherent approach to claims. He recognises the effects serious injuries can have and therefore ensures his customers’ need for support is met. Peter also has a vast amount of experience working with customers who have been injured abroad and is able to act under international law to provide the best outcomes.

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Christian Beadell

Christian Beadell
Head of Group Action

Christian is Head of Medical Negligence at Patient Claim Line and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1998; having dealt with a wide variety of claims throughout his career. He is also featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West.

Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in clinical negligence. From 2010 onward he has had a particular interest in gynaecological and urogynaecological claims, having represented several hundred claimants in the George Rowland Litigation against the Liverpool Women’s and Aintree Hospitals. This investigated the treatment given to women in the Merseyside area over several decades, and in particular focused on the introduction and development of mesh into the UK in both the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The development of this area involved pursuing claims under a unique ADR protocol with the NHS and also looking to develop the current thinking on the valuation of compensation for complex urinary symptoms. He has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation on behalf of my clients.

Christian was also involved in setting up and chairing a Claimant Support Group for those involved in the Rowland litigation, which provided a discussion forum for the many women who were left isolated and damaged by negligent gynaecological treatment. He now co-ordinates the firm’s mesh claims and has delivered training and commented extensively on the medico-legal implications of urogynaecological / mesh complications. He is a member of APIL, Liverpool Law Society and Legal 500 recommended.

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Francesca Paul

Francesca Paul
Associate Solicitor

Francesca Paul is an Associate, Senior Solicitor and Team Leader within the Clinical Negligence Department.  She is one of the driving Solicitors in the Group Litigation Team dealing with this niche and specialist area of work that Fletchers undertakes.   

Francesca previously worked in Nottingham, dealing with Group Action work.  She now works at Fletchers, bringing with her those years of experience heading up a team of 10 people.  Francesca is involved in the early identification of potential new Group Litigation Work and analyses information from the collective pool of new enquiries into the business, of which there are hundreds per week looking for hot spots or recurrent issues which might suggest a potential pool of Claimants.   

One of the highlights for Francesca and her team is that they have successfully recovered over a million pounds in compensation for clients who have received treatment from a single orthopaedic surgeon who was operating in the Colchester area.  Her role requires a specific set of skills, patience and a forensic approach to detail whilst being able to see the wider picture.   

Francesca has previously acted for a claimant in a case that reached the Supreme Court in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council. 

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Sion Wynne

Sion Wynne
Team Leader/Senior Solicitor

Sion is a team leader and senior solicitor with many years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of medical specialisms and different types of injuries. He is an experienced medical negligence solicitor and manages a team of lawyers within our department.

Sion joined Fletchers in 2018 as a Team Leader in the Medical Negligence Department. Throughout his 24 year legal career, he has specialised in conducting medical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants, previously working for other highly ranked leading firms in the field.

He has undertaken claims covering the full spectrum of medical specialisms, clinical settings, categories of defendant and types of negligent medical care and treatment.
These include high value and complex maximum severity cases, such as those involving limb amputations and permanent neurological injuries.

Sion is experienced at representing bereaved families at inquests and has a particular interest in fatal accident claims.

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Vincent's Story

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