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What is wrongful conception?

What is wrongful conception?

Making a considered decision to prevent having children is a decision usually one taken for very specific reasons, and to avoid future difficulties. The options are for a male to have a vasectomy and for a female to undergo a sterilisation procedure.

Facing an unexpected pregnancy can be the cause of great heartache for those who have made a conscious decision not to have a child, or another child.

The decision to have a sterilisation procedure can be related to careers, health, finances, or even just to ensure a manageable family environment, so an unexpected pregnancy can cause practical and financial hardship.

Wrongful conception compensation can often be claimed, against both NHS and private health providers, if it can be proved that surgical procedures were substandard and negligent, or in some cases, where medical professionals have failed to provide appropriate advice.


Specialist legal support

Specialist legal support

At Hudgell Solicitors we have a team of experienced medical negligence solicitors who have years of experience in supporting mothers/parents in pursuing compensation relating to pregnancies after failed sterilisation procedures.

These cases can be highly sensitive and emotive, and we know making a compensation claim can sit uncomfortably with many, especially when a healthy, much-loved baby is born.

However, the law states that you have a right to control the size of your family, and should you be denied this, compensation can be claimed.

It is also only right that people be able to secure damages for having to go through the difficulty of a termination, as a direct result of a negligent sterilisation procedure.

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Causes of failed sterilisation

Causes of failed sterilisation

Sterilisation for women involves sealing a woman’s fallopian tubes, preventing eggs from being able to be fertilised. The tubes are either cut or clamped, tied or partly removed.

This procedure is reported to be more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancies, so if you do become pregnant after having a sterilisation procedure, it is only right to ask questions over the standard of the treatment provided.

In some cases, clips come free due to not having been secured in place properly during the surgery, and we have seen a number of cases where clips have been placed in the wrong position, and not on the fallopian tubes, leading to pregnancies.

Sometimes fallopian tubes can re-grow naturally, however, this happens over a period of time, so if you become pregnant soon after a sterilisation procedure, it is likely it was not done to the required standard.

In these cases, you may be entitled to pursue a medical negligence claim.


Causes of failed vasectomy

Causes of failed vasectomy

A vasectomy, the male sterilisation, is a relatively simple procedure involving tubes being cut which carry sperm.

The most common cause of failed vasectomies due to negligence include cutting ligaments instead of the tubes.

Surgeons should always inform patients that they are likely to remain fertile for around three to four months after the procedure, and fertility should be tested about 12 weeks after the procedure.


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How to make a failed vasectomy & sterilisation claim

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Make a claim in six easy steps

Step 1

Free Initial Advice

Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think you have a claim.

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We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim. Usually, we will be able to offer you a No win, No fee agreement.

Step 3

Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports

We will request copies of your medical records and instruct appropriate medical experts to prepare reports confirming whether your care was negligent and how this caused you injury.

Step 4

Letter Of Claim

We will send a letter to your healthcare provider with details of your claim, setting out why we think your case was negligent and how this caused you injury.

Step 5

Prepare Claim Valuation

We will put together a schedule of loss setting out the losses you have incurred and the extent of the injuries you have sustained.

Step 6

Negotiate Settlement

We will send all the evidence to your opponent inviting their settlement proposals. If we cannot agree a reasonable settlement, we will prepare court proceedings.

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Hudgell Solicitors took my case on and my expectations were exceeded. All persons at Hudgell are professional and courteous. My claim was one against Norfolk Police. Without going into details, the Police had clearly been in the wrong and were in process of accusing me of exactly what they had actually done to me and a further cover up of the truth. Hudgell took my instructions and were in contact with me during the whole process and brought about a very satisfactory outcome. To be clear...Satisfactory is a very good outcome. I would recommend Hudgell without question. I feel I have been treated respectfully and my case notes were engrained into those at Hudgell that helped me get a conclusion to the most heinous acts from the Norfolk Police.
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Philip Moore
My brother was the victim of quite a bad motorcycle accident where he was not at fault. Sadly he only held third party cover so whilst he was in hospital I was asked by him to find a solicitor to claim against the third party. After doing some research I chose Hudgell to help us (even tho Neil Hudgell is the owner of the dreaded Hull KR and I am a massive FC fan). INITIAL CONTACT I made contact by phone and this was a simple conversation. The member of staff was very friendly and extremely helpful. All the questions I had were dealt with and I was very happy with the outcome of the call. FOLLOWING INITAL CONTACT. Within half an hour of contacting Hudgell’s a senior manager made contact with me and discussed what would happen next. Again this was very personal and really helpful. After another half an hour Sam (my brother’s now solicitor) called me. We chatted about what had happened and what he was planning to do initially. Sam was really friendly and understanding. He put me at ease right away and explained everything clearly and directly answering all questions I had. Within a week of the claim being opened Sam and Laura (Chartered Legal Executive) visited my brother in hospital. They helped put him at ease immediately and talked through what would happen, what their objectives were and also but more importantly made my brother understand that they would do everything to help him in any way he needed. After this meeting in the hospital we were happy that this claim was in safe hands. Sam the Solicitor A very friendly chap who shoots from the hip and tells you a spade is a spade. A chap who doesn’t make promises he can’t keep. A really likable man who you would want to have a pint with and we did not always look at him as the solicitor. He kept us updated at all stages and was always contactable. I did have one heated conversation with Sam BUT this was a good thing. I say this because he is very passionate about his job sometimes when a third person (me) is acting on behalf of the victim (my brother) it can be a little hard at times to please everyone. He took all we threw at him and directed us really well. Sam thank you for all your hard work, your support and the outcome. Laura Chartered Legal Executive What can I say about Laura, an absolute gem this lady is. Professional, very committed to her job, compassionate, More than helpful, caring and really cared in my opinion about my brother and his recovery. Every contact we had with Laura was amazing. She is one of those people who puts you at ease right away. Laura dealt with every problem with put at her feet, every question we had she dealt with and if she could not answer there and then she would find the answers we needed. If we had a problem she would find a solution. Again always contactable and if she could not respond immediately to a call she would call back within the business day. Laura thank you for all your hard work, Thank you for being there when we were dealing with all the problems we had. Both Sam and yourself are a credit to your company and your profession. The service provided by Hudgell’s far exceeded what we expected. If you need the services Hudgell provides then I would highly recommend your choice of solicitors is this company.
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What claims can be made for failed sterilisation?

Failed sterilisation claims relating to pregnancies after people have undergone dedicated surgery to prevent them are often referred to as Wrongful Conception cases, and damages can be sought for a number of reasons, including;

  • General damages – For pain and suffering and inconvenience of an unwanted pregnancy and going through pregnancy, labour and birth.
  • Loss of right to limit family size – Damages of £15,000 are typically awarded in such cases for an individual’s loss of freedom to limit the size of their family.
  • Losses and expenses – This can include loss of earnings during maternity or paternity leave, the costs of baby equipment and of undergoing a re-sterilisation procedure.
  • Treatment – This can include psychological treatment linked to an unexpected pregnancy, or related to the need to have a termination.
  • Care and assistance – Such as help and support required by family members during pregnancy, perhaps to look after you or your other children.
  • Costs of raising a disabled child – Significant damages can be pursued if a family has a baby born as the result of a wrongful conception which has injuries or disabilities. Both parents can claim for shock and distress on discovering the child’s condition as disabled, and the increased stress related to bringing up the child. They can claim for lost earnings for bringing up the child, which they would not have lost had the child been healthy.

How will Hudgell Solicitors help my claim?

If we decide to take on your claim, our legal team will contact those who carried out the procedure on you and ask for medical records relating to your treatment.

We will state that, following a sterilisation procedure, a pregnancy still followed and that we intend to pursue a claim for damages as a result of negligence.

Should the private or public health provider know the treatment fell below the expected standards, they may accept responsibility and agree to discuss a settlement at that stage.

Should negligence be denied, we will instruct independent medical experts, who practice in the same area of expertise, to evaluate the treatment provided and give their opinions as to whether it was indeed negligent.

The vast majority of our legal cases are successfully resolved without the need to go to court, however, we have a track record of taking cases before a judge when it is required, and when defendants refuse to accept responsibility.

Our legal team will ensure we keep you updated and advised at all times, providing advice, free of legal jargon, as your case progresses.

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