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Damages in Retained Placenta Birth Injury Case

Damages in the sum of £11,500 were obtained on behalf of a Client who suffered as a result of a failure on the part of City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust to identify that she had not completely delivered her placenta prior to it discharging her from hospital.   

As a consequence of the Defendant’s substandard treatment, our Client (C) continued to bleed in the immediate post natal period and required re-admission and had to undergo further surgery.  

Afterwards, C suffered from anxiety attacks and experienced psychological symptoms, including reduced reactivity of mood, reduced ability to experience pleasure, and insomnia.  

After we arranged for her to meet an Independent Consultant Clinical Psychiatrist, she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and informed that she would require a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

C was unhappy with the treatment she received at Sunderland Hospital.  She contacted us seeking assistance, requesting that we investigate a potential claim for damages as a result of Clinical Negligence.  She alleged that the Hospital Trust had sent her home after she had given birth despite her having retained placental material the size of a tennis ball.   

She reported that she had bled heavily for weeks after having given birth and, despite midwives seeing her every day, was not re-admitted until she had become ill and her GP had told her to return to hospital.  

C had required a blood transfusion and surgery to evacuate the remains of the placenta.   As a consequence of her experience, C told us that she had suffered with severe psychological symptoms.   

LWR Solicitor, John Lowther was instructed to investigate the claim.   C asked us to investigate under the terms of “No-Win No-Fee Agreement”, which, in the circumstances, we agreed to do.   

Medical records were obtained and a witness statement was prepared.   We contacted the Defendant Trust and requested that it make admissions based on evidence that we highlighted from the medical records.   

The Defendant Trust involved the NHS Litigation Authority and arranged for a firm of Solicitors called DAC Beachcroft to investigate.   Soon afterwards, the Defendant Trust admitted that it had provided substandard care, as had been alleged in our letter.   

At that stage, no settlement proposals were made by the Defendant.   It invited us to obtain evidence as to the extent and nature of any injuries suffered.   

On behalf of C, we obtained evidence from a medical expert in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and from a Consultant Psychiatrist.   

C’s financial losses were investigated and set out in a document forwarded to the Defendant.  Details of the advice obtained from the Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Psychiatrist were forwarded to the Defendant.   

The Defendant proposed settlement for £10,000 damages.   Following further negotiations, the Defendant agreed to increase this to £11,500 and that sum was accepted on C’s instructions.   

If you would like to discuss a potential claim relating to substandard care during a pregnancy or after a birth, please contact John Lowther on 0191 5666 500 or by email at

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