Mistakes by GPs when fitting intrauterine devices (IUDs), the contraceptive coil, have led to women unexpectedly becoming pregnant and suffering womb damage.
Some problems concerning the contraceptive coil have seen large compensation pay-outs to patients.
One unidentified women suffered a perforated uterus and received more than £100,000 in compensation, whilst another received a similar amount when her GP fitted a coil without realising that she already had one.
Swain & Co.’s specialist medical negligence solicitors are shocked at the findings from the Medical Defence Union, who represent doctors facing negligence claims. The study of 98 claims involving the coil that were brought against GPs between 2002 and 2011 showed that 39 cases let to uterus perforation; 16 involved the GP failing to remove a coil before insertion of another; 12 cases led to the woman becoming pregnant after alleged coil error; 9 cases in which the GP failed to detect that a patient was already pregnant; 8 cases involved the coil migrating outside of the uterus; and 3 other women brought claims for incorrectly fitted coils.
The number of cases may appear small, but in medical negligence this is not a reason for complacency. The potential damage that can be caused can have long term effects to a patient and this is being reflected in the large sums that are being awarded in claims brought against GPs involving contraceptive coils.
For women, having a coil fitted is an extremely intimate procedure and when things go wrong it is vitally important that a woman has the support and expertise of a solicitor who knows how to handle a claim against her GP.
If you would like to bring a claim against your GP for failed contraception, complications arising out of fitting of your chosen contraception or prescription errors where prescribed medication has interfered with your contraception, contact our expert medical negligence solicitors today.