Gynaecological/Obstetric Injury

Lavelle Solicitors’ experienced team of medical negligence solicitors has helped hundreds of women with gynaecology, pregnancy and birth injury claims. We have worked with women and their families to fight for the recognition and compensation they deserve.


Obstetrics is the medical area involving childbirth, and also includes the pre-natal and post-natal care of the mother. Generally, women are considered to be at their most vulnerable during pregnancy and giving birth. Therefore a high standard of medical care is essential at this time. Unfortunately, errors sometimes occur and these can greatly impact on both the mother and baby.

Types of common obstetrics claims include:

  • Delayed caesarean section- Failure to identify imminent threat to foetal wellbeing
  • Delays in diagnosis for a variety of conditions such asectopic pregnancy and pre-eclampsia
  • Errors during labour and delivery, including mistakes using forceps and otherwise avoidable injuries to the mother and baby
  • Problems regarding antenatal care
  • Failure to identify abnormalities from baby scans cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, prolapse of the umbilical cord or spastic quadriplegia


Gynaecology is the medical areainvolving 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

Our recent experience in this area includes:

  • Acting for a number of women who underwent symphysiotomies and pubiotomies during childbirth. These women suffered life-long injuries and complications following the procedures
  • Failure to diagnose an infection
  • Birth trauma conditions like Erb’s palsy or forceps trauma

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.

Our initial consultations with you will identify whether you have a case, how to go about claiming and how much your compensation might be worth. We will give you clear unequivocal advice about your chances of success and the anticipated value of your claim. If after talking to us you decide not proceed further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged anything at all.

For more information or to arrange a meeting phone 1800 303 556 or email [email protected]

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