Mother awarded £150,000 after wrong prescription from Liverpool GP led to her losing baby

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Medical negligence solicitors in Liverpool have congratulated the court for awarding £150,000 to a mother who lost her baby after one of the GPs in Liverpool prescribed the wrong medication to her. Victoria McMahon, 37, lost her six-month pregnancy after the GP’s mistake.The GP failed to warn the mother that Sodium Valproate, a medication usually prescribed for epilepsy poses a serious risk to an unborn baby. The medication causes a severe disorder referred to as Foetal Valproate Syndrome.

Nearly one decade after the unfortunate experience of losing a baby boy, the counsel representing the Liverpool GP reached an agreement with the claimant to foot all the costs and charges related to the civil claim amounting to £150,000. The claimant who later got another child suggests that she was extremely horrified when she learned that the medication she has been taking was increasing the chances of terminating her pregnancy.

The majority of medical negligence solicitors in Liverpool have also joined the plaintiff to affirm that justice was more important than the compensation.

According to the court records, Ms. McMahon visited “Speke Neighbourhood Health Centre” on Nov 25, 2010, and sought medical advice from Dr. Singh because she was not sure whether she could become pregnant. The GP referred the patient to an infertility clinic but failed to discuss the implications of the medication known as Epilim Chrono that contains Sodium Valproate as one of the key ingredients.

The patient returned to the clinic on Dec 21, 2010, after getting pregnant but Dr. Singh failed to provide a detailed explanation of the underlying risks.  The records of the claim filed at Liverpool County Court argued that any certified and experienced GP must be aware that any anti-epileptic medications incorporating Sodium Valproate pose a severe risk of foetal malformation or teratogenicity.

The records also suggest that the medical guidelines enshrined in the BNF-British National Formulary ought to or would have been in the discretion of the claimant. Therefore, the GP bared the greatest responsibility for informing the claimant of the consequences of taking the particular anti-epileptic medication and would also have referred the patient to the right expert for advice and assistance.The medical negligence solicitors in Liverpool representing the plaintiff also pointed out that the untimely loss of pregnancy was caused by the defendant’s negligence.

The claimant’s counsel also pointed out that apart from the suffering and pain coming from the pregnancy, labour, and termination, the plaintiff also suffered severe mental damages. The defendant first claimed that she had provided the patient with expert advice but her medical notes indicated that she failed to discuss the risks associated with the prescribed medication.

The claimant later sought psychological support to overcome the severe psychological distress. The landmark personal injury claim is a great triumph for medical negligence solicitors in Liverpool.