Failed sterilisations

Failed sterilisations can be life-changing. We’re here to help you make it right.

If you’ve been affected by a failed sterilisation, we can help

Deciding to undergo a sterilisation is a big decision and whatever your reasons, the last thing you expect when you decide to undergo surgery is for it to go wrong, or not work.

In most cases the sterilisation procedure is permanent. But in some cases, it might not work, and you or your partner can become pregnant. Unexpected pregnancies can leave you in a very difficult position and cause unforeseen financial pressure. Compensation can provide support when you need it and we can help you get the apology you deserve.

You can speak to us for free, impartial advice on 0800 376 0150. We’ll let you know whether we think you can claim, but will never rush or pressure you into taking the next steps.

How does sterilisation work?

Sterilisations can be carried out on both men and women.

For men, sterilisation is known as a ‘vasectomy’ – this is when the sperm duct is cut to avoid conception.

Sterilisation in women can be carried out in three ways:

  • Tubal occlusion (tubal ligation) – where the fallopian tubes are blocked with clips or rings
  • Hysteroscopic sterilisation (HS) – where an implant is used to block the fallopian tubes
  • Salpingectomy – where the fallopian tubes are surgically removed

Why do sterilisations fail?

Although the majority of sterilisations are successful, there are a small number of cases where a child can still be conceived after the procedure.

Sometimes, the fallopian tubes and sperm duct join back together naturally; unfortunately, this is an accepted risk of the procedure and we’re unable to help you claim if this applies to you.

But if your sterilisation was carried out incorrectly or you received negligent treatment, then we may be able to help you make a compensation claim.

Some examples of medical negligence which can lead to sterilisation failures include:

  • Failing to clip or clamp the fallopian tubes correctly
  • Failing to cut the sperm duct properly

In some cases, surgical errors during the procedure can cause you an injury or infection. If this is something you’ve experienced then it’s likely we can help you and if your claim is successful, your compensation will be able to help cover the costs of any future treatment needed to help you recover.

Although sterilisation usually prevents pregnancies in the long-run, you should still use contraception for a short while after the procedure. If your doctor has failed to tell you this following your sterilisation, this can also be considered medical negligence.

Ectopic pregnancy

Failed sterilisations can increase your risk of suffering from an ectopic pregnancy. This is where an egg implants in the fallopian tubes instead of the uterus and can cause pain, bleeding and fainting.

If an ectopic pregnancy has been caused by a failed sterilisation, or your doctor has failed to diagnose and treat it properly, then you may be able to make a claim for the effect it’s had on your life.

Starting a claim with us

Speaking to somebody about the consequences of medical negligence can seem daunting, particularly when it involves a personal subject like pregnancy and infertility. When you speak to us, we’ll listen to everything you say, answer any questions you may have and can then let you know if we think you can make a claim without the pressure of starting one.

If we do think you can claim and you decide you’d like to take the next steps, we’ll put your forward to one of our specialist medical negligence solicitors. They’ll be able to talk you through the next steps, our no win no fee agreement and answer any other questions you might have.

If you’re ready to speak to somebody about your experience, we’re ready to help- call us for free on 0800 376 0150 today.

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