Case study: contraceptive implant negligently inserted
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
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