Claim against Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

23 Nov 2023 | Elline Demetriou

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Osbornes acted for a Claimant, C, in her birth negligence claim against Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for negligent maternity care she received in 2021.

C, a young woman, fell pregnant in early 2021. She had unfortunately suffered a late miscarriage at 20+5 weeks the previous year and was classed as high-risk in her second pregnancy as a result. At her booking appointment an urgent referral was made to the pre-term birth prevention clinic but there was no capacity for C to be seen in the next 10 days. C was therefore seen by a consultant obstetrician who did not specialise in this area of obstetric medicine.

Cervical incompetence was considered a possible cause of C’s late miscarriage in 2020 therefore the plan was for C to have a cervical length scan at 16 weeks so that there could be an opportunity for suturing the cervix if required. However, a request for the cervical length scan was not made, neither for a  follow-up ante-natal appointment.

Just over 5 weeks later, in the 21st week of pregnancy, C went to the Maternity Assessment Centre with suspected rupture of membranes. On examination, it was noted that there was a risk of pre-term spontaneous rupture of membranes. Rescue cerclage was attempted however, whilst in theatre, it was deemed unsuitable. C remained in hospital and sadly went into pre-term labour two days later, delivering a live baby. Due to the baby’s extreme prematurity, resuscitation was not attempted and the baby sadly died shortly after birth.

C suffered severe psychiatric injury as a result of her late miscarriage. The Defendant Trust promptly admitted liability, negotiations subsequently settled the case and the NHS made a payout for compensation.

If you or a loved one has experienced similar negligence, it’s crucial to know that you are not alone. Osbornes Law is dedicated to providing compassionate and expert legal support to ensure your voice is heard and your rights are upheld.

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