Contraceptive Implant Negligence
If you have been fitted with a contraceptive implant that has led to complications, such as an unwanted pregnancy or other medical issues, the team at Hospital Negligence can help you make a successful claim for compensation.
Speak to our contraceptive implant negligence solicitors today to find out more about the options available to you. We can talk you through the claims process step by step. Call us on 0800 014 7481 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will call you back.
Read about contraceptive implant negligence claims we've dealt with:
Case study: contraceptive implant negligently inserted - £50,000
Twenty-five-year-old Karen had two children and considered her family complete. She had been on the injectable contraceptive Depo Provera for a couple of years.
When her next injection was due she attended her GP who, after a negative pregnancy test, gave her information about Implanton as an alternative form of long-term contraception. Karen liked the idea of not having to worry about contraception for three years so agreed to have the implant inserted a couple of weeks later.
The Implanton was inserted into her right arm following a second negative pregnancy test by a doctor who had never inserted one before. Very brief notes were made about the insertion procedure and it is unclear whether the doctor actually checked that the impant was in the correct position. It would appear that she may have mistaken tendons in the arm for the implant.
Two to three weeks later Karen attended her GP again complaining of nausea and breast tenderness. A third pregnancy test was this time positive and Karen was understandably shocked and distressed by the news. However, after careful consideration of the alternatives Karen decided to carry on with the pregnancy.
An attempt by the GP to remove the implant failed and a later ultrasound scan and hormone test revealed that the implant was not (and probably never had been) in situ.
Claim due to negligent fitting of the implant
While it is recognised that pregnancy can occur in some women using implantable contraception it was clear that in this case the failure of the implant was almost certainly due to it being fitted negligently. Because of the unplanned third child Karen was unable to return to work and her relationship broke down.
After seeking help from Hospital Negligence Karen was awarded £50,000 in compensation
Case study: negligent fitting of contraceptive implant leads to unwanted pregnancies - £50,000
The specialist solicitors at Hospital Negligence recently won the case of NK, which involved a woman whose relationship had broken down due to the pressure of an unwanted pregnancy receiving £50,000 in compensation.
NK already had two children and wanted no more due to the financial and personal stress this would cause her family. However, NK became pregnant after a doctor failed to fit a contraceptive implant correctly.
Unable to bring herself to abort the baby, NK went ahead with the pregnancy but was unable to return to work due to the demands of childcare. The financial strain this caused resulted in her relationship with the child’s father ending, on top of ongoing financial and emotional difficulties. While NK received £50,000 in compensation thanks to the efforts of Hospital Negligence, her life will never be the same again.
Negligent Contraceptive Fitting
Contraceptive implants have become popular in recent years. Fitted in the arm, they provide a long-term and hassle-free form of contraception by releasing hormones into the bloodstream.
However, with the rise of contraceptive implants, the issue of negligent fitting has come to the fore. The team at Hospital Negligence has represented several clients affected by this and many of these cases appear to have resulted from a lack of adequate training for GPs.
This could be addressed by ensuring GPs are given good and thorough training before allowing them to conduct the procedure. In the case of NK, the doctor made such significant errors that it is clear she was not fully competent and was in need of extra support in this area.
The impact of unwanted pregnancies can be devastating for women, so it is crucial that if they have chosen an implant as their method of contraception, they can trust their GP to fit this correctly.
A contraceptive implant is a type of birth control that, along with other forms such as the contraceptive pill and condoms, enables people to better plan when they want to have children.
It is a rod-shaped device that is about the size of a matchstick and is fitted under the skin in the upper arm. It prevents pregnancy by releasing the hormone progesterone into the body, which stops the ovaries releasing eggs.
The implant has been used in the UK since 1999. The first version was called Implanon, but this was replaced in 2012 by an updated product: Nexplanon. The latest version is easier to fit, has a pre-loaded applicator and appears on x-rays. Despite the release of Nexplanon, Implanon has not been recalled by its manufacturer and is still used by many women.
There have been numerous instances of errors made during the procedure to fit the implant. One of the most common involves the rod being inserted too deeply into the arm, while another involves the device not being injected from the applicator correctly.
The implant is different to the coil - the correct name of this is the intrauterine device (IUD) - which is a copper or plastic device that is implanted into the womb as part of a surgical procedure.
Incorrect fitting of the contraceptive implant can lead to unwanted pregnancy. This can be devastating for women and their partners, who will be forced to make a decision between having a baby that they had not planned for, or terminating the pregnancy. Not only can this lead to a person's life changing drastically, it can also affect them mentally, bringing on depression, stress and other issues.
In such instances, compensation could help in some way to make up for the distress caused.
Injuries and scarring
Difficulties in administering the implant, as well as issues with being able to properly check and test whether it has been fitted correctly, have led to some women suffering scarring and other injuries after having undergone the procedure.
It may also be the case that the implant was not fitted correctly because the medical professional did not follow the instructions properly or they were not sufficiently trained to fit it. If you have suffered physical distress as a result of a medical professional's negligence, you may be in a position to make a claim.
Talk to us
Contact our expert solicitors today if you believe you have been the victim of contraceptive implant negligence. Our experienced team will explain how we can help you to make a successful claim. Either call us on 0800 014 7481 or allow us to call you back by completing our online enquiry form.