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Oakwood Solicitors Ltd’s specialist Medical Negligence department has an in-house team of Solicitors and legal professionals dedicated solely to this area of law. With decades of combined experience, we are dedicated in assisting clients who have suffered physically, mentally and financially as a result of negligent medical treatment.

Our specialist team pursues an array of medical negligence claims ranging from Prescription errors and misdiagnosis, to complex birthing injury and spinal claims and everything else in between.

What are 'Retained Products of Conception'?

Retained Products of Conception, or RPOC, refers to tissue that remains in your uterus (womb) after a pregnancy ends. The tissue is typically placental and/or fetal tissue. Retained placental or fetal tissue can happen after abortion, cesarean birth, miscarriage or vaginal delivery.

RPOC is one of the most common reasons for post-partum bleeding. Studies suggest it happens in up to 40% of second-trimester miscarriages or abortions. It is fairly rare in full-term pregnancies and only occurs in around 1% of these cases.

What are the symptoms of RPOC?

Postpartum hemorrhage is the most common symptom of RPOC. Other symptoms include:

  • Enlarged uterus
  • Fever
  • Hypomenorrhea (light or infrequent menstrual periods)
  • Infection
  • Pelvic pain

How is it diagnosed?

It can be difficult to diagnose RPOC based on symptoms alone, as they can be similar to other postpartum health issues.

  • Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) test – This measures the amount of hCG hormone in your blood. The placenta produces this hormone. RPOC may cause high hCG levels after pregnancy if pieces of the placenta are still in your uterus.
  • Transvaginal ultrasound – Using an ultrasound probe in the vagina to check for an enlarged or thickened uterine lining.
  • Hysteroscopy – Your healthcare provider will insert a thin, lighted rube into your vagina. They examine the inside of your cervix and vagina for abnormal tissue or other problems.

How is it treated?

Misoprostol is a drug given either by mouth or through your vagina. It is used to induce labour but in the case of retained products, it will trigger your body to expel or force out any retained tissue.

Dilation and curettage is a minor surgical procedure to remove the contents of the uterus. Your healthcare provider dilates your cervix and uses a curette (small surgical tool) or suction to remove tissue.

Further to your treatment, you will be asked to do a pregnancy test in 2 to 3 weeks after the treatment. If you are well and the test is negative, the treatment has worked.

How do I make a claim?

If you feel that your diagnosis has been delayed or that your treatment has been inappropriate, then you may be entitled to bring about a claim.

The team at Oakwood Solicitors will be able to give you free advice on the prospects of your case and whether you would be eligible to make a claim.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can bring about a claim?

The victim of the negligence can bring about a claim in their own right. However, it is often sadly the case that the victim is either unable to bring about a claim or has sadly passed. In such circumstances, a claim can be brought about on their behalf, either by an appropriate person or litigation friend if the victim is still with us, or by the executor of the estate of the surviving dependent(s) if the victim has passed.

Our specialist team will be able to discuss whether you have a right to bring about a claim, so if you or a loved one has been affected do not hesitate to contact us.

How long do I have to claim?

Claims of this nature are subject to a three-year limitation period. This means that claims have to be commenced within the Courts in three years of rather the date the negligent act occurred or the date you became aware that negligence had occurred.

In cases involving deceased victims this limitation period commences from the date of death and in cases involving minors, the limitation period starts when they reach their 18th Birthday.

The law surrounding limitation periods is complex. Our specialist team will be able to advise further.

How long will my case take to run?

Given the complexities involved in pursuing Clinical Negligence claims, they can often take 18-24 months to conclude and longer if Court proceedings have to be issued. Our investigations start by obtaining all relevant medical records and protocols before approaching independent medical experts for their opinion.

We will provide you with regular updates on the progress of your case to ensure that you are kept up to speed.

How much is my claim worth?

It is often difficult to value clinical negligence claims at their outset given the complexities involved however we will pursue two forms of compensation for you:

  • General damages – An award of money for the pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the negligence.
  • Special damages – An award for all of your out of pocket expenses such as travel expenses, medication costs, loss of earnings, treatment costs both past and future. This list is not exhaustive and is very case-specific.

How is my case funded?

The majority of Clinical Negligence cases are funded by a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), more commonly known as a ‘No-Win, No Fee’ agreement. This means that there will be nothing to pay upfront and nothing to pay if the claim has been lost.

If you are successful in your claim a deduction of 25% of damages will be taken to cover the success fee and the shortfall in legal fees.

It may also be the case that an After The Event (ATE) insurance policy will be obtained to cover the costs of expensive medical reports and investigations.   If an ATE insurance policy has to be obtained the cost of the same will be discussed with you at the appropriate point.

The cost of the ATE insurance policy is again taken from your damages and only payable if you are successful with your claim.

Why use Oakwood Solicitors Ltd to make your Clinical Negligence case?


We have a dedicated team of solicitors and paralegals who have many years’ experience between them in running cases of this nature. They are highly trained to deal with all aspects of clinical negligence.

We want to ensure at Oakwood Solicitors that clients are not overwhelmed by legal jargon, medical terms that they don’t understand and to allow the claims procedure to be as transparent as possible.

What do I do now?

If you believe or feel you have a claim, contact us for a free initial consultation regarding your options:

carol cook
Carol Cook — Solicitor and Head of Department

Carol Cook joined Oakwood Solicitors in May 2017 to lead the Medical Negligence department. She handles a wide range of Clinical and Dental Negligence claims and has a specialist interest in Birth Injuries.

Carol has years of experience in handling complex clinical and Dental Negligence claims securing substantial amounts of damages for her clients. Carol studied her law degree (LLB honours) at Salford University.



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