Failed Sterilisation Claims

Increasingly sterilisation is becoming a popular choice amongst couples that don’t wish to have any children, or whose family is complete. For most people it is not a decision made lightly, reasons might involve physical or financial issues. When sterilisation fails, leading to unwanted pregnancies it can have disastrous consequences, both financially and psychologically.

Sterilisation can fail through no fault of the medical professionals involved, such as, the natural re-growth of the fallopian tubes or sperm duct. However, some can come down to surgical error, which may amount to medical negligence and entitle you to receive compensation.

The sooner a woman falls pregnant after sterilisation, the more likely it will be due to medical negligence, rather than natural re-growth of the tubes. In relation to vasectomies, the doctor usually will have cut another structure, for example, a ligament, thinking the sperm duct has been severed. Further to that, medical negligence can arise where the doctor has given incomplete medical advice, for example, regarding vasectomy aftercare. A claim may be possible where there was a failure to advise a male patient to use alternative forms of contraception for 2-3 months after to enable all the sperm to leave the system.

EAD’s medical negligence team can also recover compensation for injuries incurred during sterilisation procedures such as infection or excessive scarring caused by negligent treatment.

Call us on 0151 735 1000 to speak to one of our expert Liverpool medical negligence solicitors. Our team is on hand to provide support and guidance with the ultimate goal of securing maximum compensation on a no win no fee basis.


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