Retained Placenta Claims

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Retained Placenta Compensation

Normally the whole of the placenta and all the membranes that surround a baby, should be delivered straight after the baby’s birth. If they are not, this can lead to bleeding and infection complications.

When parts of the placenta and membranes stay behind in the mother’s uterus (womb), it is referred to as ‘retained products of conception’ or ‘retained placenta.’

The midwives and obstetricians caring for mothers during childbirth know it is very important to check that all the products of conception are delivered. In serious cases, if the products are retained, the mother may need surgery to remove the products of conception.

Unfortunately, it is not always easy to detect that a small part of the placenta has been retained in the uterus, particularly when the baby has been born via a vaginal delivery.

Can You Make a Claim?

However, if a baby is born via Caesarean Section (particularly if this wasn’t an emergency), doctors should carefully inspect the inside of the uterus. They should then detect and remove any retained products of conception.

If retained products are not detected and removed at Caesarean Section, this may be inexcusable. Consequently, you may have a claim. We have successfully pursued this type of claim on many occasions and achieved a substantial awards of compensation for our clients.

Birth-related injuries involve complex legal and medical issues. Therefore, it is important to consult with a specialist clinical negligence Solicitor. We can give you the best advice and guidance from the outset. Our specialist team of clinical negligence Solicitors includes a dual qualified doctor/Solicitor. We can offer you professional and confidential advice at what is a very stressful and emotional time for the whole family.

Retained Placenta Case Study:

We help lots of clients every year just like you claim the compensation they deserve. Below is a case study. This demonstrates how we have helped clients claim compensation for retained placenta/products of conception in the past. Please be aware that the compensation amounts depend on the client’s individual situation and experiences. To see how much your claim could be worth please contact us directly.

Case Study: £5,000 in Compensation

  • Our client had her baby by way of caesarean section, which was planned and not an emergency operation.
  • Following delivery of her baby, she suffered from persistent bleeding and developed a womb infection. This was due to retained products of conception.
  • She took three courses of antibiotics for this and was, therefore, unable to breast feed her child.
  • Finally, she had to undergo a further operation under general anaesthetic to remove the retained products.
  • Our client received £5,000 in compensation.

For free advice from our Medical Negligence solicitors, please call us direct on 01244 354688

Linda Schermer-Jones

Head of the Clinical Negligence Department, Associate Director & Medical Negligence Solicitor

Kerry Goulden

Associate Director & Medical Negligence Solicitor

Liz Fry

Associate Director & Medical Negligence Solicitor

Emma Woodrow

Clinical Negligence Legal Adviser