Laparoscopic sterilisation is a fairly common procedure used when performing tubal ligation, a type of female sterilisation where the fallopian tubes are obstructed to prevent pregnancy. The laparoscopy allows surgeons to make a tiny incision near the navel; because of the incision’s small size, the risk of complications is reduced and women should recover from surgery more quickly. However, there are risks, as with any surgery, and things have the potential to go wrong.
Sterilisation could fail due to medical error. Usually, ‘Filshie clips’ are used to tie off the fallopian tubes, but sometimes surgeons can fail to attach these clips correctly, which could lead to an unwanted pregnancy. Not only could this have financial implications for those concerned, it also adds psychological strain and for some women, claiming compensation for medical negligence may be the only way they can support their family in future.
Surgical errors could also leave women feeling unwell and it’s important to contact your GP if you have any of these symptoms after surgery:
- Temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit
- Bleeding, redness or swelling around the incision
- Nausea and vomiting for over 24 hours
- Heavy bleeding with clots
If you think you may have been a victim of medical negligence, consider contacting a personal injury lawyer for advice.
The compensation claims process
Many women hesitate in coming forwards to make a claim for medical negligence compensation, as they have enough to deal with already. However, if you have been a victim of a laparoscopic sterilisation error, taking steps to claim compensation can be a positive move which could give you back a sense of control. The error has most likely impacted your life – you may have needed to take time off work and there are usually financial implications, so you should not feel bad about claiming compensation. A personal injury lawyer will instruct medical experts to assess whether negligence occurred and gather evidence in support of your claim.
Contacting a personal injury lawyer
Suffering from surgical errors is hard enough, so you need to ensure you choose a personal injury lawyer you can trust. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping customers get the compensation they deserve for medical negligence claims since 2000. We don’t work in any other area of the law and our professional personal injury lawyers are here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice, however, you have been affected by clinical negligence. It’s free to call our helpline and we are open 24/7, so why not get in touch today with your questions, or to get the ball rolling on your claim.