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Obstetrics and Gynaecology Claims

Undergoing an operation relating to obstetrics or gynaecology can be incredibly concerning for a woman. While the two types of surgery usually run without issue, sometimes, medical professionals make mistakes that can lead to considerable suffering for the patient.

If you or a loved one have undergone a procedure relating to obstetrics or gynaecology that has been performed incorrectly, or you have received the wrong treatment as a result of a misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation.

At Ramsdens Solicitors, we have a high level of expertise in this area, and have helped hundreds of women get the compensation they deserve following medical negligence of this nature.

Both obstetrics and gynaecology cases overlap significantly, so deciphering between the two can be difficult for those who are not trained in this area. However, we have explained both branches of surgery in detail below.


Obstetrics is the branch of health involving childbirth, and also covers the care of the mother during, and shortly after, pregnancy. Generally, women are considered to be their most vulnerable when pregnant and giving birth, so receiving care of the highest standard is essential at this time. Unfortunately, errors are sometimes made, and these can be incredibly damaging to both the mother and baby.

Types of obstetrics claims that are among the most common include:

  • Delays in diagnosis for a variety of conditions such as the need for a caesarean, ectopic pregnancy and pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • Errors during labour and delivery, including mistakes using forceps and otherwise avoidable injuries to the mother and baby
  • Problems regarding antenatal care
  • Mistakes made while consulting baby scans, which lead to missed abnormalities such as cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, prolapse of the umbilical cord or spastic quadriplegia


Gynaecology is the branch of health regarding the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses in the female reproductive system, and this area is closely linked to obstetrics due to the effects that clinical negligence during pregnancy can have on women.

The most common types of gynaecological claims we have dealt with include:

  • Failure to diagnose and treat infection, or in more serious cases, cancer
  • A delay in the diagnosis of an infection or cancer
  • Failed sterilisation
  • Substandard surgery

If you or a loved one have suffered due to medical negligence during childbirth or surgery, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. The impact such an incident can have on you or your child is astonishing, potentially ranging from loss of earnings and medical care costs to the adaption of the home to support any disability incurred.


At Ramsdens Solicitors, we understand that starting the claims process can be incredibly daunting, and many people choose not to because of their fear of further stress and confusion. However, we are dedicated to making this process as simple as possible for you and your family.

For a discussion with our solicitors about your case, contact us by calling 01484 821 500, email us at or fill out our online enquiry form and we can get back to you at a more convenient time.