For your contraceptive coil negligence claim to be valid, you will need to prove negligence occurred. This guide will not only look at the eligibility requirements for medical negligence claims but also how compensation for a successful claim is calculated.
Within this guide, we will discuss the duty of care all medical practitioners owe their patients and when you may be eligible to make a claim for medical negligence compensation. Furthermore, we will share examples of the evidence that could be used to help support your claim and how one of the No Win No Fee solicitors on our panel could help you with gathering this.
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- What Could You Claim For Contraceptive Coil Negligence?
- Are You Eligible To Claim For Contraceptive Coil Negligence?
- What Is Coil Medical Negligence?
- How Do I Claim Against A Medical Professional?
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If you make a successful medical negligence claim, your compensation settlement will include general damages and also possibly special damages.
General damages compensate you for the harm you have suffered due to medical negligence. When valuing this head of claim, a legal professional, such as a lawyer, may refer to the most recent edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), which was published in April 2022. Within this document are guideline compensation brackets for various types of harm. We have listed some of these in the table below.
Please only use this table as a guide.
|Injury||Notes||Guideline Compensation Brackets|
|Female Reproductive System (a)||An injury or disease that results in infertility with severe depression and sexual dysfunction.||£114,900 to £170,280|
|Female Reproductive System (b)||Permanent sexual dysfunction in a person with children or who wouldn’t have had any in any event.||£43,010 to £102,100|
|Female Reproductive System (c)||A young person without children will suffer with infertility but no sexual dysfunction or aggravating features.||£56,080 to £71,350|
|Female Reproductive System (d)||Infertility with no medical complications or sexual dysfunction where the person already has children.||£17,960 to £36,740|
|Female Reproductive System (e)||Infertility in a person who would not have had children in any event, such as due to their age.||£6,610 to £18,680|
|Female Reproductive System (f)||Fertility has not been impacted despite there being a delay in diagnosing an ectopic pregnancy. Extent of suffering, bleeding and pain will affect how much is awarded.||£3,390 to £20,430|
|Female Reproductive System (g)||An unwanted pregnancy due to failed steralisatiin. However, there is no serious psychological impact.||In the region of £10,200|
What Are Examples Of Special Damages?
You may also be entitled to claim special damages. This head of claim aims to compensate you for the financial losses you have incurred due to the harm you suffered. Some examples of the losses you may be able to recover under special damages include:
- Medical expenses, such as prescription costs.
- Travel expenses, such as taxis to medical appointments.
- A loss of earnings if you required time off to recover.
You will need to provide evidence of these losses, which is why gathering any relevant receipts, invoices, and payslips may be useful.
To see if you could be eligible to make a claim for contraceptive coil negligence, you can contact our advisors or continue reading for further information.
If you have suffered harm due to contraceptive coil negligence, you may be able to make a medical negligence claim. However, you will need to demonstrate the following:
- A medical professional owed you a duty of care.
- This professional breached their duty of care.
- Due to this, you suffered unnecessary harm. Together, this is known as medical negligence.
All healthcare professionals owe you a duty of care. Per this duty of care, they must ensure you receive the correct standard of care when treating you as their patient. Failure to do so could be seen as a breach of this duty of care.
If you suffered unnecessary harm due to a medical practitioner, such as a doctor, breaching their duty of care, you could be eligible to make a claim for medical negligence compensation.
Can I Claim For Medical Negligence After Three Years?
If you are eligible to make a claim for contraceptive coil negligence, you must ensure that you start proceedings within the correct timeframe. Generally, you will have three years to start a claim from the date you suffered harm or the date you first connected the harm with negligence, otherwise known as the date of knowledge.
In certain circumstances, there are exceptions to this time limit. For example, the time limit is paused for those under the age of 18. The 3-year time limit will start from their 18th birthday. However, a litigation friend could make a claim on their behalf before this date.
To learn more about the other exceptions to this three-year time limit, you can contact our advisors.
An intrauterine system (IUS) and an intrauterine device (IUD) are two forms of contraception that are considered contraceptive coils.
An IUS is a plastic T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus and releases progestogen to prevent pregnancy. This device can last for around 3 – 5 years.
An IUD is a plastic and copper T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus and releases copper to prevent pregnancy. It lasts for around 5 – 10 years.
To be eligible to make a claim for contraceptive coil negligence, you will need to provide evidence that negligence occurred.
What Could Be The Impact Of Contraceptive Coil Negligence?
You could suffer from various impacts if contraceptive coil negligence were to occur. Some examples may include:
- You suffer a pelvic infection due to an unhygienic insertion process.
- A miscarriage could occur if your doctor failed to detect you were pregnant before inserting you with an IUS or IUD.
- Incorrectly fitted IUD, could cause a perforated womb.
If you would like more potential examples of medical negligence you could claim for, you can contact our advisors.
If you meet the criteria to make a claim for contraceptive coil negligence, collecting sufficient evidence could help support your case. Some examples of the evidence that could be used in your medical negligence claim include:
- Correspondence with your healthcare practitioner regarding the treatment you received.
- A copy of your medical records stating that you had an IUS or IUD inserted and any future complications you suffered, such as an ectopic pregnancy.
- A diary detailing the symptoms you experienced following the insertion.
- The contact details of anyone who was present for the procedure, as they could provide a statement at a later date.
Furthermore, the finding from the Bolam test may be used as evidence. This test is when a panel of relevantly trained healthcare practitioners asses whether you received an appropriate level of care.
Contact our advisors today to discuss your potential claim. If they think you may have a valid case, they could connect you with a solicitor on our panel, who could help you with the process of gathering evidence.
One of the solicitors on our panel may be able to help you with your contraceptive coil negligence claim, provided you meet the eligibility criteria. Additionally, they may offer their services under the terms of a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which is a type of No Win No Fee arrangement.
Under this arrangement, you will not be required to pay the solicitor working on your claim for their services if the claim fails.
In the event that your solicitor is successful with your claim, they will deduct a success fee from your compensation settlement. There is a legal cap on the percentage they can take as this fee.
You can contact our advisors today to see if you could be eligible to work with one of the solicitors on our panel.
How To Get In Touch
For a free evaluation of your contraceptive coil negligence claim and to see if you could be eligible to work with one of the solicitors on our panel, you can contact our advisors. Our friendly team are available 24 hours a day to offer you free advice.
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Further guides by us regarding medical negligence claims:
- How do you make an orthopaedic negligence injury compensation claim?
- Obstetrics birth injury negligence.
- How to claim for medical negligence causing a misdiagnosed blood clot.
Additional resources and information from external sources:
- General Medical Council (GMC) – Patient guides and materials.
- The Department of Health and Social Care – NHS Constitution for England.
- Royal College of Nursing – Duty of care.
If you have any further questions regarding contraceptive coil negligence claims, do not hesitate to contact our advisors.