GP negligence has long been on the rise in the UK, and sadly there was a very bad case of it seven years ago. In fact, so bad that it caused a family to have to undergo an unwanted pregnancy, and also a little boy to suffer for life as a result of the mother having had to keep the pregnancy.
Why Did Such A Case Of Medical Negligence Happen?
It all started out with the mother’s routine visit to the negligence GP, in fact she was going to have an iud contraceptive device fitted in order to ensure that her family didn’t get any larger. At the time no pregnancy test was offered, and the doctor proceeded to fit the device to the lady. After the device was fitted thanks to the case of GP negligence, the device caused great discomfort and the lady bled. It was considered normal after having such a device fitted.
It was not until 25 weeks into the pregnancy that the lady realised that something was really not right, and doctors presented her with the confirmation hat she was in fact pregnant, and had been 14 week pregnant when the contraceptive device was fitted. It was a terrible shock for the seven year olds mother, whom at the time had fitted the device as she already considered the family complete. Now, as a result of the device being fitted and UK abortion laws, the boy was not able to be aborted, and the mother had to carry in with the pregnancy. She sadly delivered her son, who is loved and wanted now, early at 29 weeks.
Because of the premature delivery the child suffered irreversible brain damage and has cerebral palsy. After battling it out in the high court the boy’s parents have managed to win him a tidy sum of 2.25 million GBP for compensation and to help him to be more comfortable whilst having to deal with his injuries in life. The case is quite unique, bur sadly GP negligence is on the rise, and since this happened 7 years ago- more similar cases are coming to light.
Should Doctors Be Trusted?
In one short word, no, we always put so much trust into doctors when looking for medical care and that is why it is important that when they are wrong, cases are opened to help highlight them and make others aware.
If you or someone you love had been the victim of GP negligence, make sure that you seek the correct compensation and make a claim with a reputable solicitor.