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Retained foreign object compensation after childbirth

At Stephensons, our expert and sympathetic medical negligence solicitors have years of experience in dealing with birth injury claims. We understand that, while childbirth can be a time of celebration, births can sometimes require surgery. Whether you need a C-section, episiotomy or some other kind of surgery, it is possible that a swab or some other foreign object may be left behind.

Retained foreign objects, also known as RFOs, are considered a ‘never event’ and are taken very seriously by the NHS. Yet, while we all know that health professionals work hard to ensure the safety of their patients, accidents do happen. RFOs left in the body after childbirth can lead to infections and complications that can be serious.

If you have suffered due to an RFO left behind after a childbirth procedure, you may be entitled to compensation; contact our experienced birth injury solicitors today on 0161 696 6165.


Why choose Stephensons to be your birth injury solicitors?

At Stephensons, we always listen to your story, and if we think you have a claim, we will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. We have been recognised in the Legal 500 as a top tier firm and we have been accredited by the Law Society for clinical negligence. Our medical negligence department is also a member of the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers.

We are able to offer a no win no fee service to many of our clients, so there is little to no financial risk to you or your family if you decide to take legal action against either a private medical service or the NHS. 


Can I claim compensation for a retained foreign object (gossypiboma) after childbirth?

Yes, if you needed surgery during childbirth and an RFO was left behind, such as a retained surgical swab, and it has caused you suffering or injury, then it is likely that you can claim compensation. Foreign objects left behind after surgery are classed by the NHS as a ‘never event’ and can result in serious complications. If you’d like to talk to us about your case, then you can speak to one of our expert birth injuries solicitors by calling 0161 696 6165.

How long do I have to make a birth injury compensation claim?

If, during childbirth, you needed surgery and a swab or some other form of retained surgical items caused you injury or suffering, then you will have three years from the date of the operation, or from the date that you knew about the foreign object, to make a claim. We always recommend contacting our expert medical negligence solicitors as soon as possible after a surgical accident.

What are the symptoms of retained swab?

The symptoms for a retained swab can vary across patients. For some, symptoms may not present for some time. Retained swabs can be difficult to diagnose as they can mirror other conditions. However, typical symptoms of retained swabs can include:

  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • A lump
  • Signs of an infection, such as fast pulse, chills, high temperature etc.

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and if you think you have gossypiboma or an RFO in your body due to a surgical accident, then make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible. If your systems are serious, either call NHS on 111 or go to your local accident and emergency department.

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