Obstetric ultrasound - its risks and the cost of addressing them

  • GR Howarth
  • S Bown


Until recently, obstetric claims (which are invariably high-value) used to be clustered around problems related to labour. However, a second group
of high-value claims is emerging: those related to missed abnormaltities. The value of claims is now so high that a single individual is unable to compensate a claimant adequately, and indemnity is therefore essential. Although such claims are relatively rare, indemnity costs are high as the
claims are large. The high value of obstetric claims, including those for missed abnormalities, is reflected in the cost of indemnity for obstetricians
and those performing antenatal ultrasound.