The Claimant gave birth to her first child in April 2012 at Kingston Hospital. Her labour was mismanaged resulting in a post partum haemorrhage, leading to a hysterectomy. Further, a swab was left in situ following the hysterectomy and the claimant underwent a further procedure to remove this.

The Claimant contended that had her labour been managed properly, her child would have been delivered by caesarean section and that she would have avoided the haemorrhage and the subsequent consequences. The incident regarding the swab was negligent and she underwent a further unnecessary procedure to remove it. Liability was contested.

The claim for damages included a sum to enable the client to engage the services of a surrogate to carry a further child for her.

Sarah Towler, partner in the personal injury and clinical negligence team, settled the claim for £120,000.