Haemorrhage after childbirth
A postpartum haemorrhage is when a mother loses more than 500 millilitres of blood after giving birth. If the mother loses more than 1000 millilitres, a postpartum haemorrhage can result in emergency surgery being required, such as a hysterectomy, or in severe cases, it can cause death.
In the vast majority of cases, a postpartum haemorrhage happens soon after delivery; however, it can sometimes happen later; either when the placenta is delivered or within the first twelve weeks after birth.
A massive haemorrhage in childbirth can result in life-changing injuries, especially if it is not diagnosed or stopped quickly enough. When this happens, complications can occur which may result in the patient having to undergo an emergency hysterectomy, which will leave her unable to have any more children and can bring about early menopause.
If your postpartum haemorrhage was mismanaged, then it may be possible to claim compensation against your healthcare provider. To talk to us about your claim, contact us today on 0161 696 6165. We offer a free no-obligation consultation and, if we think you have a case, we may be able to offer a no win no fee service; so you can rest assured that you won’t have to pay a penny in fees if your claim is not successful.
Why choose Stephensons?
We have helped women and their families from across the UK who have suffered a birth injury due to medical negligence. We always fight hard for our clients to ensure that they get the best possible outcome from their compensation claim, whether they have suffered injuries due to a postpartum haemorrhage or due to anaesthetic errors.
Our expert medical negligence lawyers have been recognised in some of the top UK legal directories, including the Legal 500 and Chambers UK. We are also accredited by the Law Society for clinical negligence and we are a proud member of the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers.
Can I make a claim if a loved one passed away due to a childbirth haemorrhage?
If your partner, daughter or family member has sadly passed away due to a postpartum haemorrhage that was mismanaged then it may be possible to bring a claim for compensation on their behalf. Our compassionate lawyers can help you ascertain whether you have a claim, and, if you do, we will be at your side with expert legal advice throughout the whole process. Start your claim today by calling 0161 696 6165 or messaging here.
How much compensation will a get for a haemorrhage mismanagement claim?
The amount of compensation you may get for a postpartum haemorrhage mismanagement claim will depend on a number of factors, including:
- The severity of your injuries – if your injuries carry long term medical needs then you are likely to get more compensation to help cover ongoing treatment or any modifications needed for your home or car
- The treatment or rehabilitation needed now and, in the future. For example, physio or counselling
- Loss of earnings – which can include any future loss of earnings if you cannot return to work or cannot return to the line of work you previously undertook
- Out of pocket expenses –including transport costs, treatment that you have already paid out for, medical equipment etc
- Loss of enjoyment – such as not being able to do day to day activities, like looking after your newborn baby independently or suffering postnatal depression, due to your injuries
The compensation you may be awarded can be used to pay for:
- Private medical treatment
- Rehabilitation that may not be available on the NHS
- Adaptations to your home (if needed)
- Therapy – such as counselling or physio
- Transport – such as adaptations to your car
Can I make a claim against the NHS for a birth injury due to a postpartum haemorrhage?
Yes, it is possible to make a claim for postpartum haemorrhage against the NHS or a private health provider, including a private midwife. Whether your birth injuries happened in your local NHS maternity hospital, at home or in a private maternity unit, we can help you make a claim if you have suffered due to medical negligence.