Symphysiotomy is the medical term given to a surgical procedure whereby the pelvis is broken in order for the patient to give birth during labour. This practice was popular in the 1920s and up until as recently as 1984. It was replaced by the Caesarean section and now cases of symphysiotomy have been associated with compensation awards. It is believed that at least 250 women in Ireland who experienced this procedure during their childbirth are still alive today. The Republic of Ireland has decided that 34 million Euros will be available for this compensation to the surviving patients. There are three tiers of compensation amounts available:
- 150,000 Euros
- 100,000 Euros
- 50,000 Euros
These will be awarded on a case by case instance and the amount allowed will depend on the seriousness and severity of the subsequent injury details. It is believed that about 1,500 women were administered symphysiotomy between the 1920s and 1984. This was deemed to be necessary in order for women with contracted pelvises to be able to give birth. But the same demographic were unable to restrict the amount of children they gave birth to because of the lack of contraception available in the Republic of Ireland during these times.
Symphysiotomy claims are ongoing
If you have ever undergone symphysiotomy whilst giving birth to your child, you could be able to make a claim for financial compensation. As mentioned earlier, there is a substantial amount of money available for this scenario and Accident Advice Helpline would love to help you make a successful claim. A broken pelvis is a serious matter and the fund has been set up to compensate the women who have experienced this medical procedure. Many women who have experienced this scenario are allowed to stake their claim for compensation and if you feel that you are entitled to make such a claim, please call Accident Advice helpline as soon as possible.
How we can help
Symphysiotomy is no longer a legal medical procedure and those who have endured this painful experience are welcome to call Accident Advice Helpline for some expert no-obligation advice. We are a law firm which specialises in helping individuals make successful claims for medical negligence cases. We have a free 24/7 helpline number that will connect you with our team of friendly experts who will be happy to advise you immediately. Alternatively, you are welcome to try our 30-second online claim calculator to learn if your case is viable and how much compensation you may be liable for.
Source: BBC News
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown