Musing on a claim that I settled a week or so ago. The matter was settled within 45 minutes, via pre-trial settlement discussions at Court supervised mediation. The claim concerned complications following a hysterectomy.
The allegations of negligence related to the gynaecologist’s failure to discuss alternatives to hysterectomy for control of our client’s pre-menopausal heavy periods.
In the last couple of years, this has been our most common type of claim – hysterectomy remains a medical procedure with a relatively high frequency of serious complication. These days there are a whole range of conservative alternatives to seek to treat heavy bleeding type symptoms for women.
This is clearly a problem being grappled with internationally.