This guide will look at who may be eligible to make a claim following contraceptive coil negligence. However, for your medical negligence claim to be valid, you will need to prove that you suffered unnecessary harm due to a healthcare practitioner breaching their duty of care.
In this guide, we will discuss the duty of care all medical professionals owe their patients and when you could be eligible to make a claim for medical negligence compensation. Furthermore, we will explore some of the evidence that could be used to help support a medical negligence claim. This guide will also list some of the benefits of claiming with a No Win No Fee solicitor.
Additionally, you can contact one of our advisors to discuss your potential claim. Our friendly team is available 24/7 to offer you free advice and answer your questions. They could also offer you a free evaluation of your claim.
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- Could I Make A Claim For Contraceptive Coil Negligence?
- What Is Contraceptive Coil Negligence And How Could It Affect You?
- Evidence Of Contraceptive Negligence
- Payouts For Contraceptive Coil Negligence
- How Could A Medical Negligence Solicitor Help Me?
- Further Guidance On Contraceptive Medical Negligence Claims
To be eligible to make a claim for compensation for contraceptive coil negligence, you must be able to prove that a medical professional or health care practitioner breached their duty of care and that this caused you to suffer unnecessary harm. Together this counts as medical negligence.
All medical professionals in the public and private healthcare sectors owe their patients a duty of care when treating them. Per this duty, they must ensure that you receive the correct standard of care, as a failure to do so could be seen as a breach of their duty of care.
If a healthcare professional were to breach this duty of care, you could suffer unnecessary harm, and you may be eligible to make a claim.
Time Limits for Making a Contraceptive Coil Negligence Claim in the UK
If you are eligible to make a medical negligence claim, you must ensure that you start the proceedings within the relevant time limit. Generally, you will have three years to start your claim from the date negligence occurred or from the date of knowledge. This is when you first reasonably connect the harm you suffered as being caused by a practitioner breaching their duty of care. However, there are certain exceptions to this time limit.
To learn what these exceptions are or for free advice regarding your potential contraceptive coil negligence claim, you can contact our advisors.
An intrauterine device (IUD) and an intrauterine system (IUS) are two forms of contraception that are sometimes referred to as contraceptive coils.
An IUD is a small T-shaped copper and plastic device that is inserted into the womb and releases copper to prevent you from getting pregnant. It protects against pregnancy for around 5 to 10 years.
An IUS is a small T-shaped plastic device that is inserted into your womb and releases the hormone progestogen to prevent pregnancy. It lasts for around 3 to 5 years.
To be able to make a contraceptive coil negligence claim, you will need to prove that negligence occurred. In the section below, we will provide some examples of when you may be able to make a claim.
The Impact Of Contraceptive Coil Negligence
If contraceptive coil negligence were to occur, there are various impacts that you could suffer. Some examples may include:
- If your doctor failed to detect that you were already pregnant before fitting you with an IUD or IUS, this could result in a miscarriage.
- The IUD was fitted incorrectly causing your womb to be perforated.
- Due to an unhygienic process, you suffered a pelvic infection.
However, it is important to note that sometimes you may suffer harm, but a medical professional has not breached their duty of care. In these instances, you might not be eligible to make a claim.
To discuss your potential claim further and receive free advice, you can contact our advisors.
Collecting sufficient evidence could help support your medical negligence claim. Some examples of the evidence that you could gather as proof of medical negligence include:
- A copy of your medical records stating you had an IUD or IUS inserted and any future complications you were diagnosed with following this insertion, such as an ectopic pregnancy.
- A diary detailing the symptoms you have suffered following the insertion.
- Correspondence with your healthcare provider regarding the treatment you received.
Additionally, the findings of the Bolam test may support your claim. This is when a panel of relevantly trained medical professionals asses whether you received an appropriate standard of care.
Contact our advisors today to discuss your potential contraceptive coil negligence claim. If they believe you may have a strong case, they could connect you with a solicitor who could help you gather evidence.
Following a successful medical negligence claim, you will be awarded general damages as part of your compensation settlement. This compensates you for the pain and suffering you have experienced due to medical negligence.
A legal professional, such as a solicitor, may use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them when valuing this area of your claim. This is because it lists guideline compensation brackets for various types of injuries at varying severity levels. We have used some of the amounts in the 16th edition of the JCG to provide you with the following table.
Please only use this as a guide.
|Female Reproductive System (a)
|Infertility caused by a disease or injury.
|£114,900 to £170,280
|Female Reproductive System (b)
|Permanent sexual dysfunction in a person who has children or who would not have had children in any event, possibly due to age
|£43,010 to £102,100
|Female Reproductive System (c)
|Infertility in a young person that has no children. There will be no sexual dysfunction or aggravating features.
|Female Reproductive System (d)
|Infertility in a person with children, but there are no medical complications or sexual dysfunction.
|£17,960 to £36,740
|Female Reproductive System (f)
|A delay in diagnosing an ectopic pregnancy, but fertility has not been impacted. Factors such as bleeding and the extent of pain will affect the amount awarded.
|£3,390 to £20,430
|Female Reproductive System (e)
|Infertility in a person who would not have children in any event.
|£6,610 to £18,680
|Female Reproductive System (g)
|An unwanted pregnancy due to failed sterilisation.
|In the region of £10,200
Other Ways Claimants Could Be Compensated
You may also be eligible to receive special damages as part of your compensation settlement. This head of claim aims to compensate you for any of the financial losses the medical negligence has caused you. However, you will need to provide proof of these financial losses. Evidence could come in the form of bank statements, payslips and receipts.
Some of the losses that you could be compensated for include:
- The cost of prescriptions.
- A loss of earnings.
- Travel costs.
To find out how much medical negligence compensation you could potentially receive for a contraceptive coil negligence claim, you can contact our advisors.
One of our friendly advisors could asses your claim, and if they believe you may have a strong claim, they could connect you with a solicitor. If one of them agrees to work on your case, they might offer their services under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) which is a type of No Win No Fee agreement.
When claiming with a solicitor under a CFA, you won’t be obligated to pay them upfront or any ongoing fees for the service they provide. Furthermore, if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not be required to pay them for their services.
If your solicitor is successful with your claim, they will take a success fee. This fee will be taken from your settlement, and there is a legal cap on the percentage they can deduct as a success fee.
Contact our advisors today to learn more about making a claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor or to receive free advice.
Speak To An Expert
To see if you could be eligible to work with one of the No Win No Fee solicitors on our panel for your contraceptive coil negligence claim, you can contact our advisors. Our friendly team are here to offer you free advice 24 hours a day. You can contact them 7 days a week with any questions you may have about making a medical negligence claim.
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For further articles regarding medical negligence claims:
- Birth injury claims.
- Illness or injuries caused by negligent blood testing compensation claims.
- How to make stillbirth negligence claims.
Or for additional resources:
- Royal College of Nursing (RCN) – Duty of care.
- Department of Health and Social Care – The NHS Constitution for England.
- House of Commons Library – NHS Key Statistics: England, March 2023.
Contact our advisors to see if you could make a medical negligence claim for contraceptive coil negligence.