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Hysterectomy Malpractice Compensation Awarded to Woman

Posted on: December 16th, 2012 by Medical Negligence

A woman who lost her baby due to medical malpractice by staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospital has been awarded £62,000 in hysterectomy malpractice compensation for gynaecological errors in an out-of-court settlement.

The woman, who is to remain anonymous, was at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in November 2007 for a hysterectomy operation, during which it was discovered that she was fourteen weeks pregnant. The woman had not known that she was pregnant at the time but, once her cervix had been taken out, the continuation of the pregnancy was not viable.

Following an examination into the tragedy it was revealed that the consultant gynaecologist – Dr Rob Jones – had found that the uterus was “abnormally large” but had went on with the procedure regardless. Dr Jones has since left his job and is being investigated by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists regarding the frequency of surgical complications occurring during his procedures.

After speaking to her legal advisers  the woman made a claim for medical malpractice compensation against the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust stating that, had she known she was pregnant, she would never have went through with the hysterectomy procedure. Although having sustained no physical harm, it was found that the patient had undergone severe emotional trauma.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust admitted liability for an “inadvertent termination” and was in agreement that the diagnosis of the pregnancy could and should have been made at the time when it was still viable to for the pregnancy to continue. After negotiating with the woman´s legal representative´s, a settlement of £62,000 in hysterectomy malpractice compensation was agreed.